Press Release

Minister Callely looks forward to successful celebration of Older People´s issues

The Minister of State at the Department of Health and Children, Mr. Ivor Callely, TD has today (28 September 2003) welcomed the beginning of Positive Ageing Week which takes place from today until Saturday 4 October.

“I am delighted that Positive Ageing Week has now begun and I am very much looking forward to taking part in events and activities to promote and address the issues of our older citizens. This week provides us all with a terrific opportunity to highlight the very positive and tremendous contribution that older people have made, and continue to make, in our society.”

A wide-ranging programme of events has been organised by Older People´s organisations throughout Ireland to mark Positive Ageing Week and the U.N. Day on Ageing which takes place on 1st October. These events will provide older people with an opportunity to celebrate their own positive attitude to ageing and to display the work and activities of Older People’s groups throughout the country.

“I wish to congratulate everyone who has organised an event, meeting or activity to mark Positive Ageing Week and wish them every success. I call on every citizen to help share the feeling of this event by making a special effort to participate, at any level, in support of a Positive Ageing Week event in your community. You can make a positive contribution by just visiting an older neighbour or friend to discuss their attitude to ageing and the issues which concern them.”

During Positive Ageing Week, Minister Callely will host a special conference Older People – A Consultative Process in Farmleigh House (1st October) and will also take part in various other events.

“I wish everyone involved a very successful, enjoyable and fruitful experience during Positive Ageing Week 2003” Concluded Minister Callely.