Huge Crowds Attend Age Friendly Roscrea Event

Thursday, 12 October 2017

Huge Crowds Attend Age Friendly Roscrea Event thumbnailSome of the many people who packed the Rackett Hall in Roscrea last Wednesday for an event hosted by Age Friendly Roscrea, who are championing the cause for older people in the community.

SEVERAL HUNDRED people packed the Rackett Hall in Roscrea last Wednesday for an event hosted by Age Friendly Roscrea, who are championing the cause for older people in the community.

Age Friendly Roscrea, the small group spearheaded by local woman Anne Keevey, are leading the way in North Tipperary on how best a town can cater for its older generation and prepare for the greater numbers of older people who will reside in the town in future.

On Wednesday hundreds of people accessed more than 70 stands offering health and well-being advice at an event which was the first of it's kind in Roscrea.

"Age Friendly Roscrea consulted with the older people of Roscrea last year and they told us that they would like more information about health and well-being supports available in the County," Anne explained.

"So we decided to hold a public event bringing a range of groups together offering information and products to older people."

The kaleidoscope of stands provided professional information about a diverse range of areas, including HSE services, hospice and bereavement support, dental care, security, leisure activities, advocacy for older people, nutrition and home-care.

Opportunities were available for people to have their blood pressure checked and to be screened for diabetes and macular degeneration, as well as free Tai Chi, mindfulness guidance and massage sessions were on offer.

Attendees were treated to music by the Rosie Greys, who were accompanied by Anthony Bourke and friends in the bar area, where lunchtime specials were provided by Racket Hall.

The event was a very sociable occasion and incredibly well attended by people from all over the midlands, with many people volunteering on the day including Age Friendly Roscrea members and the PLC students studying at Colaiste Phobal.

The event was attended by all the local media and the Tipp FM road-caster was broadcasting from the event, with Tipp Today presenter Fran Murray providing coverage of the event with interviews from people attending and exhibiting on the day.

Two large buses were also parked outside offering information about cancer from the Marie Keating Foundation and dementia via the Alzheimer's Society of Ireland and attendees were all provided with free bags to collate all the information and free items provided by the stands.

An information guide to services for older people in Tipperary was launched on the day and the comprehensive guide was compiled by the HSE, Citizens Information Service, Tipperary County Council and an Garda Siochana.

This Guide will soon be available in the local library, Primary Care Unit and Citizens Information Centre.

There were also opportunities to win hampers and prizes and some of the lucky winners were Karen Simmons, who won a cosmetics hamper from Joan Bourke's Pharmacy; Joan Sheedy, who won a Clarins products hamper sponsored by Maddens Pharmacy; Ingrid Condell, who won the Bernies SuperValu hamper, Donal Hogan and Josephine Egan won the Hennessey's Pharmacy hampers; Lizzy Murphy, who won the Stapleton's Bakery hamper; Nuala Corbett won the Coffey's Pharmacy hamper; Josie O' Rourke won the Frawley's Haven Pharmacy hamper; Mary McNamara won the Bank of Ireland Rugby tickets and Orlagh O'Connor who won the Healthy Vision hamper.

Age Friendly Roscrea would like to sincerely thank everyone who supported the day and give a special thanks to the team of Age Friendly Roscrea volunteers and their families for their hard work behind the scenes to bring such a super event to the town.


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