Positive Ageing Week 2020 in the South East (Monday 28 September to Friday 2 October)

HSE Media Release: 25 September 2020

The groups came together for a Regional “positive ageing” sharing of good practice event in Kilkenny last year but COVID-19 related restrictions necessitated a re-imaging of this year’s event. In a regional project funded by “Healthy Ireland” and facilitated by staff from Tipperary County Council, the aim is to further advance “positive ageing” as a policy and practice issue for all ages and sectors of society.

“Positive Ageing Week” is an Age Action Ireland initiative and the focus is on community based events, organised by groups and individuals throughout Ireland and national events organised by Age Action and its partners. The International Day of Older Persons is observed on 1st October and the theme for this year is to “celebrate the older person in our lives and the contribution they make to our families and our communities”.

Filmed by Videographer, Dominque Davoust and compered by Sue Anne O’ Donnell, people can participate in this online platform of the 2020 events, which are themed to encompass Health and Wellbeing, Information and Culture and Diversity. Register here.

The content will be screened via zoom: download zoom to a device.

A different guest will feature each day (at 10.30 am for Health and Wellbeing, 1.30 pm for Information and 3.30 pm for Culture and Diversity). All of the content showcased during Positive Ageing Week 2020 will be available after the 6th of October on the websites of Carlow, Kilkenny, Tipperary, Waterford and Wexford Councils, so to facilitate viewing at a later date.

Speaking ahead of the event, Dr Derval Howley (Head of Service/Health and Wellbeing, HSE/South East Community Healthcare) and Chair of the Regional Positive Ageing Steering Group said:

“It has, to date, been an extraordinary year for us all. A sad one, a challenging one and one to get through staying safe and with better times ahead in mind. We are pleased to link with our friends and colleagues in the five local authorities, the Older Persons Councils and the Age Friendly Initiatives in the five South East counties to ensure that Positive Ageing Week 2020 will be both informative, interesting and enjoyable as possible under the circumstances. We, effectively, are broadcasting a week of television programme styled interest items, hosted by Sue Anne and featuring some excellent guests.”

Acting Administrative Officer/Community and Economic Development with Tipperary County Council Fiona Crotty has been leading out on the project regionally – including working with Margaret Nolan in Carlow County Council, Cora Nolan in Kilkenny County Council, Kevin Moynihan in Waterford City and County Council and Anne Marie Laffan in Wexford County Council and the respective Older Persons Councils and Age Friendly Initiatives in their areas.

Looking forward to  the broadcasts, Fiona Crotty said:

 “This online platform is an opportunity for people young and old to share their learning on how we can support positive ageing in the five counties It’s a chance to learn more from various groups, services and individuals, focus on activities, build upon successful initiatives and expand them in the South East. It will be a showcase across the counties of Carlow, Kilkenny, Tipperary, Waterford and Wexford, where there is an exciting line up of content and information and opportunities for people to engage with during Positive Ageing Week.”


Last updated on: 25 / 09 / 2020