Positive Ageing Month 2018

02/10/2018

Positive Ageing Month 2018The Western Trust and lead partners Fermanagh & Omagh District Council, Derry City and Strabane Council, South West Age Partnership, Public Health Agency, Community and Voluntary organisations are working together to promote Positive Ageing Month throughout the west in October 2018.

Speaking at the launch of Positive Ageing Month in West End Community Centre, Enniskillen, the Chairman of Fermanagh and Omagh District Council, Cllr Howard Thornton, said “One of the core tenets of the Council’s Corporate Plan 2015/19 and indeed of the Fermanagh and Omagh District Community Plan 2030 is to help older people lead more independent, engaged and socially connected lives and one of the actions associated with achieving that objective is to work with partner organisations such as the Western Trust, South West Age Partnership and the Public Health Agency, to develop and  implement an Age Friendly Plan and to develop, support and participate in initiatives as appropriate. Positive Ageing Month is one such initiative of which we are all very proud.”

Speaking at the launch recently at the Guildhall, Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council Cllr John Boyle  said he was delighted to launch the Positive Ageing Month Programme.  “I am very supportive of any organisation or initiative that works with older people to provide them with help and support and encourage them to be an integral part of our local communities. One of my Mayoral initiatives is the monthly Tea Dances that are held in the Guildhall where I get to meet with older people from across the entire Council area who come together for an afternoon of music, dance and reminiscing. It’s a very important event in the Mayor’s Diary and a very popular occasion for the local community who take part. I believe that we should all be doing our part to help change the mind set of our ageing community from concentrating on what they can’t do and to focus more on what they can do by actively encouraging them to get out and about and try new things, engage with their local community, improve their health and social skills that will ultimately benefit their physical, mental and emotional health. I fully support Positive Ageing Month and wish everyone associated with it the best of luck.”

Positive ageing month takes into consideration the 5 steps to wellbeing, Be Active, Connect, Take Notice, Give and Keep Learning. This PHA initiative shows that if these 5 simple steps are built into our daily lives they can help maintain and improve emotional health and wellbeing. Positive ageing activities include tea dances, walking groups, knit and knatter groups, Circus Skills, dances classes, yoga, IT support, Tai Chi, Men’s Shed, Art Classes, etc. Hopefully there will be something to suit everyone.

Ms Fionnuala McKinney, Assistant Manager, Health Improvement, Equality & Involvement Dept, Western Trust says “Positive Ageing Month captures a snapshot of older people groups and activities that exist throughout the Fermanagh Omagh Area. In an ageing population, it is important we continue to work together to encourage older people to reach out and connect with their local community, not only to reduce social isolation and loneliness but to support them to live, long healthy lives. We also must not forget the valuable contribution older people give within our local communities and that without them many groups would not exist”

 

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