DID you know that friendship and a good social life are as important as low cholesterol for heart disease prevention? That optimists live longer? That quality of life continues to improve after 50 for almost another 30 years? These and more nuggets of knowledge will be shared at this week’s positive ageing seminar in Páirc Uí Chaoimh.
Former dual Cork star, four-time All-Ireland winner and Hurler of the Year 1977, Denis Coughlan is the local ambassador for the event, and will be in attendance at the seminar. The content of the ‘How to Age Well’ event is based on evidence from The Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing (TILDA), and other international research, and will be delivered by Professor Rose Anne Kenny of Trinity College.
“It is no surprise to me the contribution social and community connections can have on positive ageing,” Mr Coughlan said. “The GAA has provided me and many of my generation with a social network that has allowed us to stay connected and be part of something bigger than ourselves.”
More than 8,500 people aged 50 and older were randomly selected to participate in the TILDA research and continue to be interviewed and examined regarding aspects of their lives, including happiness, physical and mental health, financial circumstances, quality of life, and perceptions of ageing. The Cork event will highlight themes including the importance of exercise, diet, social connectedness, purpose, and location.
“TILDA is one of the most important research studies in Ireland, which helps to better understand why bodies and brains age, and how we can best ensure long and prosperous lives, for today’s adults and for future generations,” Prof Kenny said. “The information is relevant to everyone, young and old.”
The event, on October 17 at 7pm, is coordinated by Cork GAA’s Health & Wellbeing committee, supported by Irish Life, and is open to members of the public.