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Positive Ageing Week 2021 September 27th - 1 October 2021

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Positive Ageing Week 2021 September 27th - 1 October 2021

Positive Ageing Week 2021 September 27th - 1 October

Silver Arch Family Resource Centre are delighted to announce a series of events for our older community members during Positive Ageing Week 2021.

We know that our older people have been deeply impacted by COVID-19; in addition to the effects on their physical health, we have been told of older people experiencing social isolation, loneliness, losing independence and struggling with mental health as a result of restrictions during the pandemic.

However, we have also seen how our older people have demonstrated adaptability, strength, determination and great resilience in challenging circumstances.

So it is very appropriate that the theme for Positive Ageing Week 2021 is “Reconnecting Communities by Reframing Ageing”.  Positive Ageing Week (PAW) is an Age Action initiative to promote the importance of older people and to celebrate the contribution they make to our families, workplaces, communities and society as a whole.

As part of our Strategic Plan 2021/2026, we aim to develop services for older people in our community, and it is hoped that the events we are providing for Positive Ageing Week will be the first step of this journey.



Monday 27th September:

The series of week-long events is starting with “In Conversation with Pat Naughton”.  Pat, a Nenagh man, and Master Athlete, enjoyed recognition after an image of him training in his living room, during lockdown, won a prestigious 2021 Photo Award for photographer Stephen McCarthy.

Pat will talk about his life interests, what keeps him motivated and what the future holds as he enters his 89th year.  This talk will be held in Tyone Community Centre, starting at 11am.  There are a limited number of spaces so booking is recommended.


Tuesday 28th September:

The hugely talented Gerardine Wisdom holds a morning workshop in rush work, with all equipment and materials provided.

Gerardine currently has an amazing rush installation on exhibition in Clonmel.  In collaboration with Elke Wilson and informed by the TY students of Clonmel, the stunning sculpture is a culmination of 6 months of exploration into what “Brave” might mean in our world today and is well worth making the trip to see.

Learn to weave your own piece of rush work under the guidance of the very talented Gerardine in this one-off workshop.  The venue is Tyone Community Centre and starts at 10am to 1pm.  Booking is essential for this workshop.


Wednesday 28th September 2021:

Mindful Walking is being led by Noelle Clancy and is a guided, gentle walk that incorporates mindfulness and breathing exercises that is suitable for all fitness levels.

Exercising outdoors has proven benefits not only from helping maintain and improve fitness and health conditions, but also reduces depression and stress, lifts overall mood and improves cognitive function.  Please call reception on 067-31800 to include your name in the group.


Thursday 29th September 2021:

Join Niamh Butler in her 1-hour introductory workshop on how our thoughts, emotions and behaviours can impact our mental wellbeing.

Niamh is the Senior Social Worker in the HSE Mental Health Services for Older People based in Nenagh and Thurles, and will use this workshop to highlight ways for older people to mind their mental health.  Places are limited so booking is essential.


Friday 1st October 2021:

Friday 1st of October is International Day of Older Persons and is being celebrated by Silver Arch Family Resource Centre with a free 1-hour music event in Nenagh Community Gardens (Opposite Centra).

Join Gerry O’Brien in singing all your favourite songs and take this opportunity to reconnect with your friends and community.  Numbers will be limited so make sure to book.


All events are free but numbers are limited.  To book your place please call Silver Arch Reception at 067-31800 or for further information, contact Noelle Clancy at 083-0178006, email



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