Show­ing the aged in a bet­ter light


Bray People - - Wicklow Film Club Premiere - Deborah COLE­MAN

HAV­ING been se­lected as one of just ten towns na­tion­wide as a Pos­i­tive Age­ing Town, Ark­low will host a large num­ber of events in the com­ing days to cre­ate aware­ness of this im­por­tant ini­tia­tive.

With a ded­i­cated com­mit­tee in place to en­sure the week runs smoothly, the week-long project has been very well re­ceived lo­cally with many events com­petely booked up.

A com­bi­na­tion of fam­ily, artis­tic and com­mu­nity events such as a his­tor­i­cal boat trip, bowl­ing, sto­ry­telling, cof­fee morn­ings, coun­try mar­kets, plant potting demon­stra­tions, craft fair and ta­ble quizes have en­sured that it has been a very ac­tive few days for those in­volved.

Hav­ing been launched by Age Action Ire­land, Pos­i­tive Age­ing Week is de­signed to dis­pel neg­a­tive at­ti­tudes to­wards older peo­ple and the age­ing process.

Many ex­cit­ing events have been co-or­di­nated to show the pos­i­tive con­tri­bu­tion that older peo­ple make to so­ci­ety and have proved very suc­cess­ful such as the na­tional pho­to­graphic com­pe­ti­tion which fea­tures im­ages of older peo­ple en­joy­ing many as­pects of life which are taken by their peers.

The ma­jor­ity of ac­tivies planned for Ark­low are free of charge which en­sures that every­one who wants to get in­volved can do so eas­ily.

At an of­fi­cial launch of the week­long pro­gramme or­gan­is­ers said they were thrilled with the at­ten­dance and have noted a con­sis­tent in­ter­est and com­mit­ment to Pos­i­tive Age­ing Week.

They add that the high­light of the week is the penul­ti­mate Gala Din­ner which takes place at the Ark­low Bay Ho­tel on Sun­day, Oc­to­ber 5. Tick­ets cost ¤25 and are avail­able at the venue or from any com­mit­tee mem­ber.

Other events sched­uled in­clude: Wed­nes­day Oc­to­ber 1: Jew­ellery Work­shop at Ark­low Li­brary, Sing Song at Ash­ling Nurs­ing Home from 2p.m., 7p.m. Tea Dance at Marl­bor­ough Hall. Thurs­day, Oc­to­ber 2:10a.m. Games for all at Youth Reach, 2p.m. Flower Ar­rang­ing at Bal­lyraine, 8p.m. Ta­ble Quiz at The Old Ship. Fri­day, Oc­to­ber 3: 10.30a.m. Cof­fee Morn­ing at Arus Lor­cain, 2p.m. Care and Re­pair launch at Ark­low Bay Ho­tel, 9p.m. Sing Along at Gin Mill. Satur­day, Oc­to­ber 4: 10.30p.m. Coun­try Mar­ket with raf­fle at Pi­geon Club, 2p.m. Tour of Avoca Handweaver’s, Avoca, 9p.m. Sing Along at Cor­ner House. Sun­day Oc­to­ber 5: 11.30a.m. Mass at Tem­plerainey Church, 3p.m. Har­vest Fes­ti­val at St. Saviour’s Church.

For fur­ther de­tails con­tact Jen­nifer Bren­nan at 086-1055747.

LIT­TLE DRUM­MER BOY: MJ Cullen of the Ark­low Pipe Band at the Pos­i­tive Age­ing Week launch.

Pat Fitzger­ald, Pat Ewneey, Dep. Joe Be­han and Tommy An­nes­ley at the launch.

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