Cork Age-Friendly City: seminar on building resilience for older people

Cork Age-Friendly City: seminar on building resilience for older people
Cork Age-Friendly City is organising a resilience building event for seniors in the area. 

Cork Age-Friendly City will host a Keep Your Head seminar in the Grand Parade Library on Thursday, October 10 from 10:30am to 12.30pm.

The seminar is aimed at older people and focuses on coping and building resilience through lifelong learning.

The seminar will be delivered by Cork Age-Friendly City and the Cork Social and Health Education Project, a community-based training and development organisation in Ballintemple.

At the event, Kundalini Yoga Teacher Amy Russell will lead participants through a seated relaxation class and give tips on meditation.

HSE's Little Bags of Hope will also be given out, with each bag full of mental health resources and reminders of how to look after oneself.

Chris Dorgan of Cork City Council and the Age-Friendly City Programme says that connectedness is key to building resilience and improving mental health in older people.

"Access to services, social inclusion, transport and technology is key when it comes to reducing social isolation."

"The modern world is very different. With training, older people can learn to use technology to stay more connected. They can become more text savvy."

"Many older people have friends who have passed away or just moved away. Their sons and daughters may be living in Australia or Canada. Teaching them to use Skype can help them stay in touch."

"The Education and Training Board run courses like this called Silver Surfers."

"Older people also face issues with housing, many want to downsize their house so they are not living beyond their means, yet they don't want to leave their area and friends. This should be accommodated in housing policy."

"Connectedness is key. Whether that's a physical connection with home visits, training in technology so they can Skype, or participating in bigger events like tomorrow's seminar."

Other initiatives that aim to make Cork an age-friendly city are the Douglas Young at Heart Intergenerational Quiz in City Hall, and Cork City Partnership's Friendly Call and Friendly Car.

"The intergenerational quiz is very popular. Two TY students are paired with two older people in a team. Some questions are for younger people and some are aimed at older people. Last year there were 44 teams," says Chris.

"The quiz promotes friendship and cooperation between the generations, and both have something to offer each other."

"It's great fun. Last year one of the older team members recognised Billie Eilish before the young people."

Friendly Call and Friendly Car are Cork City Partnership services. "Friendly Call Cork is a free service providing a daily phone call to older people or individuals who are isolated, and Friendly Car is a car pick-up service to take people to appointments or social events," says Chris.

Tomorrow's seminar is free, but booking is advised. To confirm a place contact Stephen Murphy on 087 9814803.

The Age-Friendly City programme has been running for over five years and is supported by Cork City Council, the HSE, Cork Education and Training Board, the Gardaí, Bus Éireann, Cork Chamber, Cork Business Association, Cork City Partnership, Cork Healthy City initiative, UCC's COLLAGE and the Alzheimer’s Association.

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