Cashel to host the OAP Olympics to celebrate Positive Ageing Week

Cashel will host the OAP Olympics to celebrate Positive Ageing Week, a nationwide festival and Ireland’s largest celebration of ageing. The OAP Olympics takes place on Wednesday 26th September in the Padre Pio Nursing home, Holycross from 1.30pm. For more information please contact South Tipperary Community & Voluntary Forum on 052 744 3407.

Positive Ageing Week officially runs from 28th September to 6th October nationwide, and Cashel is one of 15 ‘Positive Ageing Week Towns’ in Ireland participating in the festival this year.  Each town will run a series of community-based events throughout the week, to celebrate the contribution older people make in their communities.

With an estimated 1,250 events expected to take place across Ireland, north and south, this year is set to be the biggest Positive Ageing Week festival to date, and is also the 10th anniversary of the festival.

Over 20 events will take place in Cashel over the course of the Positive Ageing Week and everyone is encouraged to get involved ‘whether you are aged 3 or 93’.

Other events in Cashel include:
Thursday 27th September: Arthur Guinness Day celebrations in the Padre Pio Nursing Home, Holycross starting at 2.30pm.
Thursday 27th September: GIY Grow it yourself meeting at 7pm in Clonmel Library. Come along and get some seasonal tips whether you have an acre or want to plant a window box. Admission is free and everyone is welcome.
Friday 28th September: Social Dancing night in Halla na Feile, Cashel. Come along and dance the night away from 9pm.
Wednesday 3rd October: Master Quiz in association with Cashel Day Care Centre taking place in Cashel Library at 2pm.

For a full schedule of Positive Ageing Week events in Cashel please contact South Tipperary Community & Voluntary Forum on 052 744 3407. Alternatively you can contact Age Action by visiting www.ageaction.ie or call 01 475 6989 from 9.30 to 5pm, Monday to Friday.

“The purpose of the week is to show that ageing is not something to fear, but something to celebrate,” Age Action chief executive Robin Webster explained. “It is an opportunity for older people to enjoy themselves and for communities to recognise the contribution which older people have made, and continue to make, in their localities.”

In the words of President Mary McAleese who previously launched Positive Ageing Week, the greatest success of the festival is that the words “positive” and “ageing” are no longer seen as unusual bedfellows.

Andrew Jones, Director of the Bluebird Care Tipperary and East Cork said ‘Bluebird Care’s day-to-day work is about giving ‘care at home and in the community’ and we are thrilled to partner with Age Action on Positive Ageing Week this year, a festival that gets to the heart of communities to celebrate the invaluable role which older people play in their locality. Well done to the South Tipperary Community & Voluntary Forum for organizing all of these fantastic events. I encourage everyone to get involved, whether you are aged 3 or 93’.

Positive Ageing Week is organised annually by Age Action, and this year is proudly supported by homecare provider Bluebird Care.

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