Positive Ageing Week takes place from September 26 to October 2, 2016.
The event celebrates ageing in communities across the country and is run in conjunction with Age Action, an organisation that campaigns for older people at a national level.
This year Bank of Ireland has come on board as the main sponsor and are also launching a new initiative called Digi hour which encourages older people to overcome their fear of technology.
Longford County Council in partnership with Longford Age Friendly Alliance, Longford Gardaí, Longford Sports Partnership, Chamber of Commerce and the Local Enterprise Office are organising this week long programme of events that focuses strongly on celebrating the very positive contribution older people make to their local communities.
Paddy Mahon, CEO, Longford Co Council and Chair of the Longford Age Friendly Alliance: “We want to challenge the image of older people as having nothing more to offer and celebrate everything that they do and contribute to their local community. They make a huge contribution as volunteers to organisations like the Meals on Wheels Service, Saint Vincent de Paul, Neighbourhood Watch and we hope that the newly formed Longford Older Persons Council will provide a stronger voice for older people in the community”.
Michael Nevin, CEO of the Local Enterprise Office said the organisation was delighted to support and partner with Longford Age Friendly Alliance and Longford Chamber of Commerce in implementing the Age Friendly Business Recognition Programme and to work towards making Longford an Age Friendly Business town.
“We are encouraging all businesses in Longford to sign up to the Age Friendly Business recognition programme and to be more aware of this very important segment of the market,” he added.
“The launch of the programme to Make Longford an Age Friendly Business town and the presentation of certificates to businesses who have achieved Age friendly Business status will take place on Wednesday evening, September 28 at 5:30pm in the offices of Longford County Council Aras an Chontae Water St.
“This is something that we are all looking forward to.”