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7th June 2024
National Updates
Commission on Care for Older PeopleWe are delighted to share the news that Ita Healy, Chair of Meath’s Older People’s Council and Chair of the National Network of OPCs, has been appointed as a member of the Commission on Care for Older People by Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly and Minister of State for Mental Health and Older People, Mary Butler.  Find out more ›
National Age Friendly Recognition and Achievement Awards 2024
Call for Age Friendly Projects and Initiatives – Submit your entry Now!!Are you involved in an age-friendly project or initiative? Are you doing something to support older people in your community, town, city, county, or country?
We are seeking innovative projects from across a range of areas that have a real impact on the lives of older people and have the potential to be showcased and replicated. We welcome initiatives at both local and national levels.
Shortlisted projects will be visited by the judging panel and invited to Ireland’s Age Friendly Recognition and Achievements Awards ceremony on 7th of November 2024 in the Crowne Plaza, Northwood, Santry, Dublin.Find out more ›
Universal Design Guidelines for Changing Places ToiletsThe Centre for Excellence in Universal Design, in partnership with Accessible EU invites you to the launch of ‘Universal Design Guidelines for Changing Places Toilets’ on the afternoon of Wednesday 26 June. This will be a hybrid event, online and in-person and will be held at our offices at 25 Clyde Road, Dublin 4.Register here for online and in-person attendance.Find out more ›
Progress and priorities for ending abuse of older people – World Elder Abuse Awareness Day 2024 (Geneva event)

DATE: 17 June 2024 (Monday)

TIME: 14:30–16:00 CEST (Geneva)
In this online webinar, the UN Decade of Healthy Ageing Secretariat will mark the 2024 edition of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day by revisiting the five priorities that were outlined in this brief. Together with a multi-stakeholder expert panel, the event will explore progress that has been made to advance on these priorities over the last two years.
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Lifebio in Words and Pictures ModuleA short six-week module funded by Fingal County Council will start at the end of June in St Mary’s Hall, Howth. The module will comprise four weeks of memoir writing under the leadership of Sean Farrell and two weeks of creating a collage or picture as a companion piece. It is aimed at those living in the Fingal area who have not undertaken a previous writing module. Please spread the word to friends and family living in Fingal.  Places are limited to 10 participants. Please call the office to register 01 700 5454.Summer LunchGrainne is taking bookings for the Summer lunch on June 12th at DCU’s 1838 Restaurant. Please call the office 01 700 5454 if you would like to book a place.  The cost of the 2 course lunch is €25 per person and payments can be made over the phone.Upcycling Furniture WorkshopSeveral participants expressed an interest in taking a module in furniture upcycling with the DublinPolishers in July. Please let us know if this is of interest.

Leitrim PPN Summer PlenaryLeitrim Public Participation Network (PPN) recently held its summer plenary with 90 attendees.
There were over 30 community and voluntary groups showcasing what they do. One of those was the Leitrim Older Persons Council. The Older Persons Council stand was manned by Pat Tearall and Teresa Faughnan who talked about their experience of the Sweeter the Tune Project.
Leitrim’s Sweeter the Tune project scooped first prize in the Community Innovation Category at the National Age Friendly Awards in 2023. The Active Age Groups, Annaduff ICA, Drumkeeran Friendship Club and Mohill Active Age Group all PPN registered groups, were matched with Artists to work together.
The aim of the Awards was to celebrate innovative and creative initiatives, implemented across the country which have made a real difference to the lives of older people in Ireland. The next plenary is in November
Local Updates
Offaly Age Friendly Libraries Events

Bealtaine Events took place in Offaly Libraries, such as workshops and coffee mornings.
All Libraries held a coffee morning and a lovely coffee morning took place in Clara Library.
Local author Tom Minnock joined them to talk about his recent book Down The Decades.

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Age Friendly Louth Updates

Age Friendly Louth were delighted to invite Adrienne McCann the new Age Friendly Healthy Homes Co Ordinator to County Louth to give an overview on her role within the county at an Age Friendly event which took place on 28th May in Dundalk, Co Louth.
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Living Well Programme

The Living Well Programme is a FREE, 6 week self-management group programme for adults living with long term health conditions, such as asthma, COPD, diabetes, heart conditions, stroke and others to name but a few.  
We are planning to run a programme in Trim Family Resource centre starting on Wednesday 26th June to 31st July (i.e. each Wednesday for 6 weeks) from 1.30pm – 4.00pm.Find out more ›
Healthy Age Friendly Homes meeting with Thurles Lions Trust Housing Association (TLTHA)

John McCormack, Chief Executive of the Thurles Lions Trust recently met Healthy Age Friendly Homes Regional Manager Karen Fennessy and Tipperary Co-ordinator Tracey Thompson to discuss areas of collaboration.
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International Updates
Our West Regional Manager, Ciara Farrell, is representing Age Friendly Ireland, who is a guest speaker at Norway’s Annual Conference of the Municipalities which focuses on older people. 260 participants are in attendance with speakers also from The Centre for Ageing in Norway .
IFA Global Café | In Conversation with Mr. Jun Ryan OrbinaIFA Global Café | In Conversation with Mr. Jun Ryan Orbina on “Social and Behavioural Interventions to Improve Vaccination Uptake Among Older Adults.”

7 June 2024, 07:00 A.M. EDT (US and Canada)Find out more ›
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