Positive Ageing Week – Celebrating the 100 year life


A “Positive Ageing Hub” will open at the Age Action shop on Camden Street for Positive Ageing Week.  A variety of themed events and talks will be held to celebrate ageing and the contribution of older people. There will be speakers on topics including maintaining health in older age and smart housing for older people, interviews with authors, a professional exercise class, blood pressure screenings from the Irish Heart Foundation and much more.


This is the 17th year of Positive Ageing Week and the theme this year is ‘Ageing in Place’ which means the creation of age friendly environments, including the provision of support services locally, which enable people to have a choice to remain in their homes and communities for longer.


You can book your place at any of these events by using the links under each event

Ageing in Place 

11:00 – Karl Duff, Assistant Principal Officer, Department of Health

The Healthy and Positive Ageing initiative is a national three-year programme of research led by the Department of Health with the HSE and Age Friendly Ireland as key partners. The recently published policy statement Housing Options for our Ageing Population aims to encourage and facilitate timely planning by older people, and to rebalance the care model away from inappropriate residential and/or acute care, to supporting older people to remain living independently in their own homes and communities for longer.

11:30 – Sean Moynihan, CEO – ALONE

ALONE provides Housing with Support, Support Coordination, Befriending, BConnect training and technology, and Campaigns for Change to hundreds of older people every week, who are homeless, socially isolated, living in deprivation or in crisis. Alone provides secure, long-term tenancies and supports which enable independent living and offer security, comfort and their own front door to older people who need it. ALONE housing is assistive technology enabled and every tenant has a Support Coordinator who provides ongoing support to coordinate any services they may require.

12:00 – David Silke, Director of Research & Corporate Affairs, Housing Agency.

Housing is Key to Positive Ageing

The Housing Agency has produced a roadmap which provides a pathway towards the information required to make informed decisions about better design and to enable access in a structured and easily understood way, to the standards and guidance required to ensure that every person has a home that is appropriate to their needs.

12:30 – Eileen O’Callaghan, Regional Manager, Sage Advocacy

Planning ahead to age in place

The Assisted Decision-Making Act and what it means, planning ahead and the importance of making an Advanced Health Care Directive and Enduring Powers of Attorney, regardless of your age.

The right to have your voice heard and to participate in making decisions which affect you is a fundamental principle in a democratic society. It is a principle simply stated as “Nothing about you /without you”. Sage Advocacy’s mission is to promote, protect and defend the rights and dignity of vulnerable adults, older people and healthcare patients.  It operates in homes and communities and in all health and social care settings.  In 2018 it dealt with over 3,000 calls for Information & Support and received over 1,000 referrals for Advocacy; much of it of a complex and challenging nature. 


Monday Evening – 4pm  Bank of Ireland Financial Wellbeing Workshop 
Speakers include:
Introduction from Age Action and Bank Of Ireland
Financial Wellbeing with Aileen Morrissey

Aine Phelan – setting scene
AVA Housing Project

Bank Of Ireland introduce TASK and Elder Home Share

International Day of Older People

Tuesday Afternoon 1.30pm – LGBT Champions National Network 
LGBT Champions Programme aimed at healthcare staff for older LGBT people
Voices of Older LGBT – Video Screening
Guest Speaker: David Gough, Ireland’s first out GAA referee
Guest Speaker: Elaine Howard, MS Atlantic Fellow GBHI, Trinity College Dublin

Tuesday Evening – 4pm Concern Cafe ‘Sustainable Development Goals’ workshop

We want to engage local community groups around global issues and how those issues will affect us at local level through activities and conversation. Project Us is hosting coffee conversation all over the island of Ireland, generating debate and an exchange of ideas on how Ireland can contribute to a more sustainable world for all.

Health & Wellbeing Wednesday

11:00 – Siel Bleu Exercise Class.  Siel Bleu Ireland is the first specific effort to promote exercise among older adults and patient groups in Ireland, with the aim of improving overall wellbeing. We design our programmes with a preventive approach that benefits all adults, at any age, and at any stage of their lives.

11:30 – Des O’Neill, Consultant physician in geriatric and stroke medicine and Professor in Medical Gerontology, Tallaght Hospital and Trinity College Dublin – ‘Keeping Well from Mid Life to Later Life’ Apart from exercise, diet and lifestyle, a key element of maintaining health ageing is reducing social inequality, and political engagement of all of us is needed to ensure that this happens. Other areas of interest include dental care, vaccinations, and developing social pastimes and volunteering earlier in life.

12:30 – Tina Leonard, Alzheimer’s Society – Dementia – myth busting

What is dementia and who has it, what is the likelihood of getting a diagnosis, why getting a diagnosis is important?  Treatment and cure. What we can all do now

The Alzheimer Society of Ireland works across the country in the heart of local communities providing dementia specific services and supports and advocating for the rights and needs of all people living with dementia and their carers.

1pm – Author Claudia Carroll interviewed by Breda Brown

Free Legal Aid Centre’s

Dublin Volunteer Centre

1-2-1 screenings from Irish Heart Foundation

Irish Blue Cross


Seniors Alert Scheme

Thursday Thoughts & Talks

10am – Dietician, Sinéad Powell from Diabetes Ireland

11am – Sabina Brennan, Trinity College Dublin – on “100 Days to a Younger Brain”

Many people may feel that memory loss and dementia are inevitable parts of ageing. Dr Sabina Brennan, author of 100 Days to a Younger Brain, explains that this is not necessarily the case. Sabina will explain that scientific evidence shows that our lifestyle can have a major impact on how our brain functions and reacts to the ageing process.

In her lively and entertaining talk, she will give tips and practical advice on things that we can do now to protect our brain and memory in the longer term. The evidence to date suggests that it’s never too late or too early to start looking after our brain health.

Think of it like a pension fund. Healthy brain habits now build the brain’s reserves. It’s a lodgement, like money in the bank for later in life

11:30am – Rory Cowan from Fair City and Mrs Brown’s Boys, talking about his life and new book

1.30pm – Superintendent Kevin Daly – Garda Community Engagement & Public Safety Bureau

3pm – Silver Threads – Gathering Memories & Celebrating Stories of older people. Our mission is to listen and encourage older people to tell their stories, and to publish them as part of their legacy.  Our ethos is to be inclusive and person focused.  Silver Thread was founded in Spring 2017 by Dr. Cathy Fowley and Carmel Conroy, who have a background in education for older people.

Film Friday

11.30am –  Irish Cinema Audiences 1950-1960: Dr. Sarah Culhane, Maynooth University  – In collaboration with Age Action Ireland, the Irish Cinema Audiences project examines the history of cinema-going in 1950s Ireland. The project uses oral history methodologies to gather the memories of ordinary cinema-goers from across the country. To date, over 250 people from around the country have shared their memories and experiences of a time when Irish people went to the cinema on average 18 times per year. This short presentation will include stories and clips from some of the project’s interviewees.

12 noon –  Presentation of the IFI Player by Shauna Lyons (IFI Public Affairs and Marketing Director)  – With over 600 digital items and 15 different collections the IFI Archive collection spans 1897 to the present day, and the cameras of filmmakers have captured the development of modern Ireland in a uniquely accessible manner. The most important social, political and historical events of the last century are represented, enabling us to explore our cultural identity and connect with the past.

12.15pm –  Exploring the IFI Player collections. Participants will have the opportunity to explore some of the collections and footage found on the IFI Player. Age Action volunteers will be on hand to help you explore the collection and participants are also welcome to bring their own devices (laptops, tablets, smartphones) to access the Player on the day.

1pm – Dr Carmel Gallagher and Anne Fitzpatrick – The purpose of the Together Old and Young (TOY) Programme is to promote intergenerational learning and create new possibilities for older adults and young children to learn together and benefit from each others’ company.

Age Action staff and volunteers will be on hand to answer questions about services for older people and will host a drop in for older people who want support for their smartphone, laptop or tablet.