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Over 55s Day: Health and well­be­ing is the theme of this year’s Dublin City Coun­cil Over 55s Day in the ILAC Cen­tre Li­brary, Dublin to­mor­row from 1pm-4.30pm. Ac­tiv­i­ties in­clude yoga and mind­ful­ness ses­sions and a talk on health and well­be­ing as you age. Short health and fit­ness as­sess­ments will also be avail­able.

Bloom Fes­ti­val: School lunches, food pro­vided in di­rect pro­vi­sion cen­tres, food in a dig­i­tal age, the rise and fall of clean eat­ing and a grow­ing trend of eat­ing un­sea­sonal fruit and veg­eta­bles are just a se­lec­tion of the im­pres­sive top­ics to be dis­cussed at the GIY tent at Bloom Fes­ti­val in Phoenix Park from June 1st-5th. See for full de­tails.

Hap­pi­ness talk: The neu­ro­science of last­ing hap­pi­ness is the theme of Dr Rick Han­son’s pub­lic talk on Thurs­day, June 8th at 7.30pm in the Law Li­brary, Church St, Dublin 7. The best-sell­ing au­thor and psy­chol­o­gist is the founder of the Well­spring In­sti­tute for Neu­ro­science and Con­tem­pla­tive Wis­dom in Cal­i­for­nia. His talk will fo­cus on nur­tur­ing hap­pi­ness, grat­i­tude, re­silience, love and com­pas­sion. Tick­ets ¤40. sanc­tu­, 01 670 5419

Di­a­betes: Mr David Kee­gan, reti­nal spe­cial­ist at the Mater Hospi­tal in Dublin urges any­one with di­a­betes type 1 or 2 to go for free an­nual di­a­betic retina screen­ing. “Di­a­betic retinopa­thy is a com­mon com­pli­ca­tion of di­a­betes and all di­a­bet­ics aged 12 and over should regis­ter with Di­a­betic Reti­naScreen for early di­ag­no­sis and treat­ment,” he says. About 10 per cent of those with di­a­betes are at risk of de­vel­op­ing retinopa­thy. The con­di­tion causes dam­age to the blood ves­sels in the retina, the tis­sue lin­ing the back of the eye that al­lows us to see. How­ever, symp­toms in­clud­ing sight loss, may not ap­pear in the early stages. See di­a­beti­creti­ or call 1800 454 555

Homi­cide be­reave­ment coun­selling: AdVIC, the ad­vo­cacy group for fam­i­lies of vic­tims of homi­cide, is now of­fer­ing be­reave­ment coun­selling to chil­dren af­fected by homi­cide. The free be­reave­ment coun­selling, which has been de­vel­oped with the Ir­ish Child­hood Be­reave­ment Net­work, is for chil­dren who re­quire sup­port fol­low­ing the trauma of a homi­cide. The ad­vo­cacy group has pro­vided be­reave­ment coun­sel­ing to fam­i­lies and friends who have lost loved ones through vi­o­lence since 2007. Email or call 086 314 8363

Dublin Cabra Sports and Fit­ness Group en­joy­ing a re­cent over-55s day: health and well­be­ing is the theme of this year’s Dublin City Coun­cil event in the ILAC Cen­tre Li­brary, Dublin.

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