Dundalk Counselling Centre
The aim of Dundalk Counselling Centre is to provide a professional, therapeutic counselling service to all in the community regardless of their social class, religious persuasion or race and with special emphasis on the socially deprived and disadvantaged, irrespective of their means.
3 Seatown Place, Dundalk
T 042 933 8333
T 042 932 0813
Drogheda Community Services Centre
Drogheda Community Services Bereavement Counselling Services:
One to one counselling is available by appointment.
Our fully trained counsellors are there to help people work through their grief in an atmosphere of safety and understanding.
Counselling is available for recently and long term bereaved
There is no charge for this service
Dermot Kierans Centre
T 041 983 6084/ firstname.lastname@example.org
Acorn Counselling & Therapy Counselling Centre
The aim of Acorn Counselling 7 therapy Counselling Centre is to provide a range of counselling, psychotherapists and complementary therapies designed to help to promote healing and wellness.
Acorn Therapy Centre
11 Wellington Quay Drogheda,
Tel: 041 9844277
Mobile: 086 8581307
Clients must contact the Counselling Service themselves.
You can be referred for chiropody services by your family doctor (G.P.) or public health nurse. These services are only available in certain areas.
Contact your family doctor (G.P.) or public health nurse for information on chiropody services in your area.
Dundalk Health Centre
T 042 933 2287
Drogheda Health Centre
T 041 983 8574
Dublin Road, Dundalk. 042/9332287
Dundalk Primary Care Health Centre, Barrack St, Dundalk. 042/6820000
Redeemer Health Centre, Dundalk. 042/9386459
Carlingford Health Centre. 042/9383040
Castlebellingham Health Centre. 042/9382343
St. Laurence’s Primary Care Centre, Drogheda. 041/9775700
Ballsgrove Health Centre. 041/9833163
Clogherhead Health Centre. 041/9881364
Dunleer Health Centre. 041/6851369
Ardee Health Centre. 041/6835045
Citizens Information offers a free, confidential, impartial service and covers a wide range of topics such as:
There are three ways you can contact the Citizens Information Service.
You do not need an appointment to speak with an Information Officer.
Just call into your local office at:
4 Adelphi Court 1 Mayoralty Street
Long Walk Drogheda
Dundalk Co Louth
Opening hours are Monday to Friday 9:30am to 12pm and 2pm to 4pm for personal callers. Closed for lunch from 1pm to 2pm.
You can contact the Dundalk office by telephone on their Freephone number: 076 1075950
You can contact the Drogheda office by telephone on their Freephone number: 076 1075940
Citizens Information also has a National Phone Service which can be contacted on 076 1074000. It is open Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm. You will only be charged the price of a local call no matter what part of the country you are phoning from.
You can log on to the website at www.citizensinformation.ie If you don’t have a computer at home your local library will help you to use the internet.
Citizens Information provides an advocacy service to the public and they will also help you with filling out forms or following up on your entitlements.
Cuidigh Linn aims to ensure that the needs of older people are identified and met.
Below are some of the services available.
Maintenance work carried out by Cuidigh Linn includes:
The maintenance people will assess and cost the work at a specially reduced price, both parties agreeing the work to be carried out. A follow up visit will be made to ensure complete satisfaction.
The criteria to avail of this service are simply to be over 65. This does not effect your entitlements to any other services such as meals on wheels, home support workers or carers.
To avail of any of these services contact:
2 Grange Close, Muirhevna Mor, Dundalk
T 042 933 4984
“Cúltaca” is an Irish word meaning a strong support or backup, a name given to our service brokers scheme here at the Netwell Centre, PJ Carroll Building, DkIT.
The service is based in Dundalk, Co. Louth. The aim is to strengthen capacity to provide information to older people. The Cúltaca promote and develop a person-centred approach to care to ensure the wants and needs of the older people take priority over standard service delivery. The Cúltaca act as a liaison between the statutory and non-statutory services and the older person, and in doing so aim to breakdown some of the barriers that are regularly encountered.
For futher information download the Cúltaca brochure or contact:
Ann Marron (Tel: 042 93 70360) or Pat Kerins (Tel: 042 93 70361).
The “Cúltaca” are primarily advocates providing a befriending service. We aim to listen to the concerns, needs and wants of the older person. We empower them to take control of decision making in their lives and support them in their choices. Pat Kerins and Ann Marron visit many people in their homes and work with them to meet their needs e.g. form filling for entitlements etc.. Trusting relationships are built, access to services facilitated and health and social wellbeing improved. Many have requested weekly visits and these are provided by numerous volunteers in the Dundalk area. The older people love this social interaction and look forward to the planned visits. Familiar faces are always welcome and the volunteers encourage the people to engage with the Nestling clubs or day trips.
Some Social Care degree students from Dundalk Institute of Technology do work placements with The Nestling Project groups for one hour a week for ten weeks each year. Older people look forward to having the students as they feel they are helping with their education and love the intergenerational aspect thereof. The students are encouraged to engage the older people in activities outside the home.
Nestling Men’s Social Group’s – The Seagull Club
Two men’s groups meet weekly in The Parlour in the Greath Northern Haven, Barrack Street, Dundalk and a smaller group meet every Saturday afternoon in Líos na Dara, Carrick Road. They all enjoy getting out of the house and chatting with other men who share similar interests. Topics range from past experiences, to past employments, to lifestyles, to hobbies and to the current state of the nation. Tea or coffee and a snack are provided by the Volunteer’s. The men have enjoyed with interest the history tour of the Aiken Barracks museum, while sharing their own experiences with current army personnel who have recently served abroad. Many guided tours of the Dundalk Museum brought back a raft of memories of days gone by in Dundalk. Guest speakers share information on a wide range of services in the Dundalk area, other topics which they really enjoyed included bee-keeping, fire safety in the home, healthy lifestyles,Tai Chi and taxidermy.
Nestling Women’s Social Club
Two groups of women meet every week on Wednesday or Thursday mornings in Lios na Dara, Dundalk, for two hours of social interaction. Volunteers welcome the women with tea and cakes. The emphasis this year is on group activities which promote improved health and social wellbeing. To date the activities included Tai Chi for six weeks followed by Line dancing for eight weeks with healthy lifestyle presentations and meditation interspersed occasionally. Currently Guest speakers include Fr. Brian Darcy, Garda Vincent Jackson, Local Historians, Dolores Whelan, Personal Development etc.
Advertising locally for volunteers to assist in community building with The Nestling Project commenced 3 years ago. Earlier in 2009 we registered with the Drogheda Volunteer Services. All wishing to volunteer meet with Pat Kerins and Ann Marron. The Nestling concept of supporting older people in the community is explained, and a CV, 2 references and Garda vetting is sought.
Currently volunteers visit older people who are lonely or isolated for one to three hours a week. The emphasis is on listening to the person and chatting with them. Some like to incorporate a task with the visit.
Other volunteers assist with the women’s & men’s weekly groups.
Volunteers provides the music and singing on the Day Trips.
Drop in Office- For a cup of tea, a chat or just general information regarding your rights and entitlements. Drop in centre and “Internet Café” especially designed for older people.
Failte Isteach- Helping new migrants with conversational English.
Care & Repair- To help senior citizens with small jobs and repairs around their homes at no cost.
If your Over 65 and haven’t made a will yet Free Will Offer available to all during the months of May and June, provided by Patrick Tallan & Company, ring 1800 200 100 to arrange an appointment.
Address: Unit 7, The Haymarket,
Drogheda, Co. Louth
Serving Our Community
Senior Help Line embracing the 26 Counties, 365 Days per Year.
Free Phone: 1800 440 444.
Would you like to Volunteer? Please call1800 200 100.
Message In a Bottle Launch: Wednesday 11th September: Scholars Hotel, Drogheda
Elderly and vulnerable people throughout County Louth will receive better emergency treatment as a result of a scheme launched by Drogheda and Dundalk Lions Clubs this week. Sponsored by Coca Cola, Homecare & Independent Living and Drogheda Borough and Louth County Council.
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The centre is opened Monday to Friday and is staffed by a matron plus 14 trained carers, chiropodist and a P.E. teacher, all of whom give their services voluntarily. Facilities include bathing, chiropody, hairdressing, laundry and there are special exercise classes. Social activities include games i.e. cards, skittles, bingo and painting classes, which has resulted in a number of exhibitions. Members of the Day Care have formed their own band and provide entertainment on a weekly basis. There are numerous outings during the year. Free transport is provided daily. Clients also can avail of:
Enquiries call 041 9836084
Open Monday to Friday 10.00 am till 2.00 pm. Call in for information or for a chat.
Drogheda Senior Citizens Interest Group
West Street Arcade
Tel: 041-9846753 / 9844776
Freefone: 1800 200 459
Innovative Programme in Ageing, Health & Environment
The development of an M.Sc. in Ageing, Health and Environment is a response to the need for a flexible multidisciplinary educational programme at an advanced level to support professionals working in the field of ageing. It builds on the research profile in the area of ageing, health and environment within the Netwell Centre coupled with the extensive experienceo f the Department of Nursing, Midwifery and Health Studies in the delivery of quality educational programmes. The programme philosophy stems from the beliefs that ageing is a positive life event and that older people benefit when communities and older people services are designed to be age-friendly. Specifically, the programme aims to develop reflective, knowledgeable and critically thinking professionals who will use a person-centred approach to practice and act as positive change agents in older person care in community and residential care settings.
CONNECT FAMILY RESOURCE CENTRE
We here at Connect are always looking to provide you, your community and families with new opportunities and supports. We provide Courses, awareness sessions, activities & Information to the North Drogheda area If your looking for information or unsure where to go to find support please give us a call. Call Nicola, John or Theresa on 041 9846608 or drop in any day to see what we are about?
Newcomers always welcome
171 Moneymore Estate,
041 9846608/087 9454557
Counselling Service Available
also open to Children/Youth in some cases
cost 10 euro per session
call 041 9846608 or Catherine on 087 2340960
Louth County Libraries:
Louth County Library Service is operated through five branch libraries at Dundalk, Drogheda, Ardee, Carlingford and Dunleer. A Mobile Library service is also operated and currently visits 53 locations throughout the County, including day care centres and crèches.
The library service provides adult lending services, audio-visual material, children’s services, local history and genealogy services, reference material, periodicals, newspapers, language material, computer learning and public internet access.
The libraries work in partnership with other groups and organisations and facilitate tours and computer/language classes as required.
Creative Writing Groups
These groups are free of charge and information is available at your local library.
Drogheda Library Tel: 041 9836649
Louth County Library
T 042 935 3190
Cooley Kickhams, Louth
Cooley Kickham’s club, which has formed a partnership with the local Active Retirement Association, had a very successful outing to Croke Park recently. They went on to Ardgillan Castle, Malahide to complete the day’s outing. The group also visited ‘Bloom’ in the Phoenix Park as part of their programme.
The club’s Social Initiative co-ordinator, Harry McCarthy, addressed the Louth Older Peoples’ Forum in Dundalk recently and explained the Initiative to those in attendance, including details of Cooley Kickham’s participation in the project.
Finally, the club, in conjunction with their Active Retirement members, is involved in competitive Bowling and will be competing shortly in Castlebar.
GAA Social Initiative Offer Continues at the GAA Museum
The GAA Museum at Croke Park is continuing to offer a package exclusively to all participating GAA Social Initiative Clubs this spring and summer.
A number of GAA groups have already availed of this special offer which includes a behind-the-scenes guided tour of Croke Park, a visit to the GAA Museum and lunch in a corporate box overlooking the pitch.
The guided tour transports you into the world of GAA legends and you’ll visit the dressing rooms, players lounge and pitch side before taking a bird’s-eye view of the pitch from the upper tier.
The recently refurbished GAA Museum houses a vast collection including trophies, medals, jerseys and flags. Visitors to the Museum can also watch footage from every All-Ireland Final since 1938.
Those availing of the GAA Museum Social Initiative Offer can finish off their visit to Croke Park with lunch in a corporate box. The tailored menu includes a choice of chicken or salmon main course plus tea or coffee.
This offer including the Croke Park Stadium Tour, visit to the GAA Museum and lunch costs just €15 per person every Monday and €16.50 for each visitor every other day of the week.
For further information or to make a booking, please contact email@example.com or call 01 819 2323.
The Croke Park Experience. Click here to read more about it:
For further information please contact Colin Regan at Croke Park, Jones Road, Dublin 3 (Mobile No. 087 294 5705) or by e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Free telephone service for older people in Drogheda and surrounding areas. This service offers a telephone call up to five mornings per week toc heck that people are safe and well thereby reducing the feelings of isolation and insecurity, loneliness and vulnerability. This service can also remind clients of hospital and doctor appointments. If there is no answer they will speak with a nominated contact to check on your well-being.
Free Telephone Service for People over 65 years
Personal daily contact to ensure you are safe and well in your home Tel: 042-9330103
‘Good Morning Louth’ is a free Telephone service for people over 65 years of age. Good Morning Louth, part of the Nestling Project, is for older people living in County Louth, and is ideally suited to people who are living alone.
Good Morning Louth operates Monday to Friday (9.30 to 1pm), with pre-arranged calls made to service users to check on their well-being.
The main aim of Good Morning Louth is to ensure you are safe and well in your home.
In addition, it will provide opportunities for users to share worries or concerns, and it will raise awareness of other potentially useful local services, thus connecting people to their local community.
Good Morning Louth has a system in place to alert others if a call is not answered, ensuring peace of mind for service users and their families.
Good Morning Louth is staffed by local volunteers, many of whom are retired and like the idea of giving something back to their community.
All volunteers are fully trained to offer a professional and confidential service, supported by the latest computer technology.
In addition Good Morning Louth includes a research element to facilitate learning and a continuous process of improvement.
If you choose to use the Good Morning Louth Service you will receive a telephone call on a day and time decided by you.
It’s free & confidential.
If you are over 65 years or know of someone over 65 living in County Louth who would benefit from a telephone call to check on their well-being, please contact:
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Intergenerational Volunteer Project
The 1st of October of each year is the International Day of Older People. This year the 1st of October is to also a United Nations Day and the European Commission has asked Member States to mark the day. In addition 2012 is the European Year for Active Ageing.
Louth Volunteer Centre were looking to get as many older volunteer(s) involved in a one day recognition volunteering project during the first week of October as part of the European Year of Active Ageing and Solidarity between Generations 2012.
The project involved transition year students shadowing the older volunteer(s) for one volunteering-shift-cover (ie 2 hours) during the first week of October and the students compiled a case study of the experience.
BT Young Scientists of the Year
Ciara Rafferty and Emily O’Reilly, pupils of St Vincents post-primary school, Dundalk took 3rd place in the BT Young Scientist Social and Behaviour Sciences section. Their project was named “What is the Value of Dundalk’s Age Friendly Community Initiatives”.
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Growing Through the Ages
Growing through the years was delivered in Ardee, Blackrock and Dromiskin
Moorehall Healthcare, Ardee, Ardee Tidy Towns, Scoil Mhuire na Trocaire The Garden Studios
Studios are interactive and artistic spaces in which to work through new ideas. Gardens can also be studios where new ways of thinking and creating can be explored. Gardens are meeting places for collaboration, places where growers of different ages can work to further environmental aesthetics. In this project, the Fourth Class students from Scoil Mhuire na Trocaire are being inspired by imaginative ways of gardening. They are learning how to see arrangements of plants as artistic compositions. The word ‘art’ lies at the centre of the word ‘earth’, and encourages an expressive approach to gardening and cultivating biodiversity. The earth can become a canvas for growing creativity with plants and trees as living art materials.
Ardee Tidy Towns and Moorehall Healthcare for older people have collaborated with Scoil Mhuire na Trocaire to offer residents in the Moorehall Retirement Village an opportunity to develop vegetable, herb and flower gardens. The gardens have been designed by Ardee Tidy Towns to create visual landmarks within the village. The gardens are planted not in rows, but in drifts and textures of growth. The aesthetics of the garden studios stimulate conversations between the residents of the retirement village and the Fourth Class students. The conversations between gardeners of different ages are the central feature of this intergenerational endeavour. Sharing stories of childhood and the history of Ardee are two topics of conversation that carry on besides the planting of vegetables, herbs and flowers. The purpose of the project is to cultivate habitats for intergenerational communication, and to inspire nourishment for body, mind and spirit.
Blackrock Tidy Towns
The Blackrock Playground’s Secret Garden
This delightful flower garden is located near the Blackrock Playground and is accessed by entering a dedicated passageway. The garden is a palette of colour and texture, designed to delight children and provide a habitat for bees and butterflies. It is an interactive garden, planted by children and families from the local area along with Blackrock Tidy Towns volunteers, who are experts at cultivating gardens for nature.
Blackrock Tidy Towns has enriched the environment around the playground with biodiversity and creativity, so that the area has become a place for play, and a laboratory for learning about trees, flowers, and a variety of edible plants. The intergenerational garden is a space for lives to be shared, a place to celebrate growth and change, and to observe the beauty of traditional flowers in bloom. Blackrock Tidy Towns promotes environmental learning, and cultivates community gardens as both resources for nature and spaces for expression. The laughter, stories and activities shared within the intergenerational garden (by people of all ages) offers stimulation for the senses and the imagination.
St. Peter’s National School, Dromiskin
A Living History Garden
St. Peter’s National School’s intergenerational garden is an expression of a living history, a garden composed by the hands of students past and present. Patrick Mulligan (the school’s principal) invited village elders (older people who had previously attended St. Peter’s National Schooll), to talk about their lives as school children. Their stories of times gone by, evoked a social history of both the school and the village of Dromiskin. The Third Class students, who participated in this project, asked the older people questions about homework, teachers, games and family life.
Many of these former students are now grandparents of children attending the school. The event was celebrated by a toast to St. Peter’s National School, the offering of primroses to the school’s elders, and an exchange of friendship bracelets between participants. The day was formally recognised by the creation of an intergenerational flower garden, filled with traditional cottage garden flowers such as peonies, delphiniums, irises, sweet williams, forget-me-nots and foxgloves. The design of the garden is symbolic of two strands of history meeting together within a circle of friendship.
Louth Intergenerational Video
Up and Coming Events & Courses for the Nestling Project Men and Women’s Groups.
The Nestling Choral Group
When: Every Tuesday (12noon – 1pm) Starting from 14th January 2014
Where: Parlour, Great Northern Haven, Barrack Street.
The Nestling Choral Group was set up on the 14th of February 2011 and meet every Tuesday from 12 noon to 1pm and enjoy a wide range of diverse songs. They perform every 6 weeks to their peers at the Nestling Day Trips. If you are interested in joining please contact Ann Marron on 0429370360 or Pat Kerins on 0429370361. Cost is €2 per person, refreshments available.
**MORE MEMBERS WELCOME**
Nestling Painting Group
When: Monday Morning (11.00am – 12.30pm)
Where: The Parlour, Great Northern Haven, Barrack St, Dundalk.
This is a new group with local painter Peter Lennon. The group is suitable for all abilities whether you are a complete beginner or a seasoned painter. We use top quality canvas’s made locally by the men’s shed and paint with acrylic. If you would be interested in attending please contact Paul Thorpe on 0429370395. Cost is €5 per class which includes all materials and refreshments.
Nestling Men’s Group
When: Tuesday Afternoons (2.30pm – 4.00pm)
Where: The Parlour, Great Northern Haven, Barrack Street
The Nestling Women’s Groups
When: Wednesday & Thursday Morning (11.00am – 1.00pm)
Where: Lis Na Dara, Carrick Road, Dundalk.
The women are welcomed by volunteers and enjoy light refreshments. They engage in a wide range of activities and enjoy guest speakers on subjects like Life coaching, Positive Ageing, Style & Grooming, Local History etc. If you would be interested in attending please contact Paul Thorpe on 0429370395, Ann Marron or Pat Kerins on 042 9370360/1
When: Thursday (2pm – 4pm)
Where: Dolmen Centre, Omeath.
The Cúltaca are in the proceess of organising a weekly group meeting for senior citizens in the Dolmen Centre every Thursday afternoon from 2pm – 4pm. For more information or if you would be interested in attending please contact Ann or Pat on 042 9370360/
Currently Nestling Project members are doing Computer Training through Age Action in DkIT.
The VEC support the Adult Education for our Nestling Members for Art & Craft and some members are currently engaged in FETAC Level 3 Pottery Classes, Photography,
For further information check out our facebook page at. https://www.facebook.com/NestlingProject
Louth Volunteer Centre provides a free volunteer matching service; making it easier for you to volunteer in Louth. We are part of a network of 22 centres nationwide supported by Volunteer Ireland which is the main body that oversees volunteering within Ireland.
Our aim is to match individuals and groups interested in volunteering with suitable local volunteering opportunities listed on www.volunteerlouth.ie.
Volunteering helps you to:
– Give something back and feel part of your community
– Gain experience or improve your skills
– Use your free time to make a difference, make new friends or just try something new
What do I need to do to start volunteering?
Decide what type of volunteering suits you. What are your interests and skills? What is your availability like and for how long can you commit? Where suits you to volunteer?
Look at the possibilities for volunteering. Visit our website on www.volunteerlouth.ie to register as a volunteer, or call us to get more information or make an appointment to sit down with someone from our team.
Apply to be a volunteer. We will forward your details to the organisation and ask them to contact you. We also send the organisation’s contact details to you. If you wish we will also send you monthly updates on new volunteer opportunities.
Volunteer! You are on your way to having fun and feeling part of your Community.
For Community Organisations we offer support and training including Volunteer Management Training and act as an authorised signatory for the Garda Vetting Service.
Organisations can register their organisation and post volunteering roles freely on our website, www.volunteerlouth.ie.
Volunteering Newsletter: Winter 2013
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Because of You Video
Volunteers make such a positive impact on so many people. Here’s a flavour of this in County Louth brought to you by Louth Volunteer Centre.
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Reasons to Volunteer Video
7 people from Louth talking about their positive experiences as volunteers and the benefits they get from volunteering. For more info: www.volunteerlouth.ie
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The Louth Men’s Sheds project started by the Netwell Centre and Louth County Council targets men at risk of isolation or experiencing major life changes. The project is very simple and has one criteria, men. The ‘shed’ environment encourages men to share skills and learn new ones for example, skills in wood turning, mechanical work and horticulture, to name but a few. Socialising is a large part of the project too, providing opportunities for the development of new friendships as well as the renewal of old ones.
Eva Beirne, the project coordinator said, “the primary focus of the project is on older men but younger men will play an important role too. Younger men can support the development of projects in the sheds and they can learn and share in the wisdom and experience of older men. There is very strong evidence pointing to the vulnerability of older men to isolation and loneliness as they age and experience difficulties adjusting to changes in role identity associated with retirement (farmers retiring, in particular may find this transition difficult), as well as to changes in social networks, especially widowhood. We also know that increasing people’s social interaction can have a positive impact on well-being and mental health. We will be opening three Men’s Sheds is County Louth over the coming year. These will provide opportunities for men to get involved in a range of activities which will increase their participation in the live of their community. Ultimately this can only be a positive thing not just for improving the quality of life of older men in County Louth but also for our society and the social connectedness of our community.”
Louth Community Men’s Shed Winter Newsletter
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Promotional DVD Launched
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Drogheda Shed Opened
The Drogheda shed opened on the 31st of January 2012 to the public.
Address: Unit 8A Greenhills Industrial Park, Drogheda, Co Louth.
Opening Times: Tuesday, 9.00am – 2.00pm, Wednesday, 9.00am – 5.00pm, Thursday, 9.00am – 2.00pm.
The Nestling Project promotes independent living for older people. It supports older people to make choices about services that they need. It assists people with form-filling and accessing a wide range of voluntary, social and health services.
Pat Kerins and Ann Marron advocate for older people, ensuring their voices are heard. They strengthen local community by organising social activities requested by older people whom they visit at home.
T 042 937 0361
T 042 937 0360
The Senior Helpline is a confidential listening service for older people by older people, for the price of a local call anywhere in Ireland. If you are feeling depressed, lonely and need to talk to someone you can phone the senior helpline.
The lines are open each day from 10am to 4pm and each evening from 7pm to 10pm, seven days a week, 365 days a year.
When you phone you will be speaking with an older person who will welcome your call. All calls are confidential.
Senior Help Line 1850 440 444
For the price of a local call anywhere in Ireland
Dundalk & Nth. Louth
Positive Ageing Week
Positive Ageing Week was officially launched at Market Square by Senator Mary Moran on Monday evening 1st October.
Louth County Manager, Joan Martin, highlighted the achievements of the county in raising the profile of older people, and hoped that “positive ageing” events would be rolled out across the country.
She praised the work of all involved in organising the weeks’ activities and appealed to older people to “enjoy what is essentially our golden years”.
Launching the event, Senator Mary Moran said she was “thrilled” to see the huge range of events being organised over the week.
“I particularly loved to see the photography by Sean Casey in Carroll Mead, and the many activities that are available to older people including reflexology”.
She praised the intergenerational events, saying there were tangible benefits from linking young people and children with the older generation.
Indeed a unique event “Create Your Own Story” took place in October in the County Library which was aimed at bringing grandparents and grandchildren together for a special workshop.
Senator Moran spoke of the changes to older people’s lives over the last few decades, recalling words from her own mother who said that grandmothers were no longer known for simply being huddled by the fire.
She paid tribute to Age Action who are celebrating ten years of Positive Ageing.
County Louth is certainly setting the pace, recongising the value of other people. The Netwell Centre, based in DkIT has put Dundalk on the map as Ireland’s first Age Friendly town.
Computer classes organised by Age Action in DkIT over the last year had introduced many older people to the internet and computer usage.
Senator Moran added that DkIT has also been recognised as the first age friendly college campus in Ireland.
“Personally I took a completely new direction in my own life last year, after 25 years in teaching, so I think I can say that I am an example of positive ageing” said Senator Moran.
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