Age Friendly Roscrea 'Health & Well Being Day' a huge success

Needs of older citizens highlighted 'will underpin future plans and developments' in Roscrea

Tipperary Star reporter

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Age Friendly Roscrea 'Health & Well Being Day' a huge success

On Wednesday October 10th a large number of people visited Racket Hall to access nearly 70 stands offering health and wellbeing advice. This event was organised by Age Friendly Roscrea.

The organisers report that “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 wellbeing supports available in the county.

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

The stands on the day provided information about a wide range of areas including HSE services, hospice and bereavement support, dental care, security, leisure activities, advocacy for older people, nutrition and homecare.

Opportunities were available for people to have their blood pressure checked and to be screened for diabetes and lung function.

In addition to visiting the stands, free Tai Chi, mindfulness, chair yoga and massage taster sessions were on offer. The Red Cross were demonstrating Child CPR.

Attendees were treated to music by the Rosie Greys, in the bar area after availing of lunchtime specials provided by Racket Hall.

The day was a really sociable occasion, the number of attendees was less than last year but the interaction and energy was just as high, with many people volunteering on the day, including Age Friendly Roscrea members and the PLC students studying at Colaiste Phobal.

There were opportunities to win hampers and prizes and some of the lucky winners were as follows:

Noel Mc Mahon- SuperValu Hamper

Mary Shanahan- Bank of Ireland Rugby tickets

Mary Byron- Tesco Hamper

Michael Gibbons -€50 voucher, Milltown Age Friendly Garden Centre

Peg Walsh- Reflexology treatment voucher sponsored by Sarah O’ Sullivan

Mary Leamy- €30 voucher, Milltown Age Friendly Garden Centre

Joan Sheedy- €20 voucher, Milltown Age Friendly Garden Centre

Mary Gibbons – Stapleton’s Bakery Hamper

Mary Leamy- Dove Hamper (Hennessy’s Pharmacy)

Mick Maher - Vichy Hamper (Hennessy’s Pharmacy)

Joan Shanahan - Cosmetic Hamper (Hennessy’s Pharmacy)

Mary Lyons - First Aid Kit (Hennessy’s Pharmacy)

Nelly Powders- Cosmetic (Hennessy’s Pharmacy)

Uriage Skin Care Hamper (Joan Bourke’s Pharmacy)

Peg Walsh - two bottles of wine.

The Health Service Executive stands included the Health Promotion Unit; Physiotherapy; Occupational Therapy; Health Screening; Diabetes Information Clinic; Home Support Service; North Tipperary Drug & Alcohol Services; Connections- Resource Office for Suicide Prevention; Safeguarding older people; Information on Fair deal and Audiology.

Also present were Citizens Information Service; Roscrea Gardai; Roscrea Fire Service; Age Friendly Roscrea; Roscrea Bereavement Support Group; Roscrea Swimming pool and Leisure Centre; Bernie’s Super Valu; Roscrea Red Cross; Task; Marie Keating Foundation; MABS; National Sports Partnership; Irish Wheelchair Association; Stapleton’s Bakery; Home care providers: Home care providers Instead; Blue Bird Care; Comfort Keepers.

Redmond Photographers offered vouchers for €50 euro- valued at €165 , with all proceeds going to Age Friendly Roscrea- these are still available contact Brian Redmond or Age Friendly Roscrea 0505 22550.

There were particular supports and information in the area of dementia with the new Memory Technology Library, St. Camillus’s Hospital and Home Care Medical

Tunstall- Emergency Response, A secure and Assistive Living Solutions were demonstrating equipment and providing information relevant for home security and support.

Other stands included Deaf Hear; ; Hennessys Total Health Pharmacy; Roscrea Centre Pharmacy; Dentists Farrelly and Rhatigan; Maddens Pharmacy; Coffeys Allcare Pharmacy; Sheppards Opticians; Lime tree botanics; NCBI; Sage; Alone; Irish Hospice Foundation; Active Retirement Roscrea; New Beginnings Community Group; North Tipperary Leader Partnership; Tipperary P.P.N and the Local Authority.

Volunteer Tipperary; Roscrea Knitting club; Slimming World; Roscrea Tidy Towns; Roscrea Library; North Tipp Hospice; North Tipperary Alzheimers Association; North Tipperary Parkinson’s Association; Local Links; Sarah O’ Sullivan; Arthritis Ireland - who are planning to re-establish a support group in Tipperary and Hannah O'Connell, Department of Psychology UL who is PHD student carrying out critical research on cognitive reserve.

For further information in relation to any of the stands please ring Age Friendly Roscrea 0n 0505 22550.

Age Friendly Roscrea and Friends of Dean Maxwell Home commissioned an independent study on the needs and wishes of Older Roscrea Citizens.

This innovative and critical research report completed by Dr. Pat Bogue was launched at the event.

This information will be a resource for all service providers, organisations and stakeholders in planning for Roscrea’s future.

It is relevant for Age Friendly Roscrea, as the study will underpin future plans and developments. For Friends of Dean Maxwell, it establishes the reality of the need for a comprehensive service, needed and deserved by older Roscrea Citizens as we look to a future where we can expect to enjoy a longer, healthier life but also a much greater need for health and social care.

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