Press Release

Growing Older – Be Positive Conference

Mr Ivor Callely, T.D., Minister of State at the Department of Health and Children with special responsibility for Services for Older People, today (2 September 2004) announced that a conference entitled “Positive Ageing” will take place in Dublin Castle on Thursday 30 September 2004.

Positive Ageing Week which is organised by Age Action Ireland takes place from 26 September to 2 October 2004.

The vision of the conference is to look at the positive aspects of growing older and to encourage greater links among the generations.  The event will highlight the many different ways in which our community as a whole contributes to the welfare of older people.

Delegates will be asked to reflect on the idea of positive ageing and the good news story that it is, and secondly to express what they would like on the agenda to improve the quality of life for older people and to examine the practical steps needed to achieve this.

The conference on 30 September will give attending delegates the opportunity to return to their own community to celebrate UN Day for Older People on Friday 1 October 2004.