Older Adults – #allinittogether

Staying Healthy

Covid-19 & Diabetes – Questions & Answers

People with diabetes are considered a high-risk group because having diabetes causes the body to raise glucose levels during times of illness or stress which makes it more difficult to fight infection. Hence people with diabetes have an increased risk of moderate or severe illness.


Migraine and Covid-19

In response to an increased number of questions relating to the current coronavirus outbreak and the implications for migraine patients, the Migraine Association of Ireland has put together a list of Frequently Asked Questions.


Go For Life

We’re planning some Go For Life exercise videos…more next week!

Age Actions’ Getting Started KIT

Age Actions’ Getting Started KIT supports older people to keep in touch with their loved ones during the Covid-19 pandemic. We all are feeling the effects of social distancing, and older people are particularly impacted being asked to cocoon at home. Now it is more important than ever to keep in touch with family and friends so Age Action drew on our Getting Started programme which offered face to face digital skills classes, to created easy How To Guides. These can be found at https://www.activelink.ie/community-exchange/services-requests/75545

We know that many people have had to learn new skills during isolation, and IT skills have never been so valuable.

With that in mind…

The Zest for Life course –  see https://www.cumannnadaoine.com/spring-chickens-zest-for-life/ can be run online so we’re looking at starting this in the next month. If you’d like to take part, do get in touch – and if you need help learning how to access video calls etc we can help with that.

See a newspost here https://www.cumannnadaoine.com/mask-making-without-a-sewing-machine-from-youghal-community-health-project/from Youghal Community Health Project about easy-to-make face coverings/masks now that we are in Phase 1 of the Recovery Plan. More patterns to come tomorrow!

There’s been a lot of interest in the idea of making a Community Quilt, with individually made squares. We can arrange materials to be dropped to your doorstep if needed, so later this week we’ll start making arrangements about that.

And to finish today…a sweet-treat recipe to bring a smile!



Hope you’re enjoying the sunshine!

Today we’ve some project ideas; a recipe and an exercise video…enjoy!

Ideas for Interactive Projects

Cumann na Daoine and Youghal Community Health Project have been thinking about ways we can stay connected during the continuing lockdown. We would love to find something that we can all take part in  from our homes that will bring us closer together while still social distancing.

One idea we’ve had is to create a Community  Quilt – something that when all this is over we can hang for us all to see, and know we were all a part of making it. We’ll be able to get materials to people who need them, so have a think about this and in our weekly calls we can talk about it more. If you’re not on our call list, you won’t be left out – you can call Hayley on 0879890336 or email her at hayleycumannnadaoine@gmail.com if you’d like to get involved.

Quilt squares could be made of material, or be knitted, crocheted, macraméd – whatever suits each person! Volunteers can drop off materials and collect pieces and we can share photos of the work as it goes on…and on the day we assemble all the pieces we’ll share the pictures far and wide, looking forward to the day we can be together to see it in real life.

We’re also looking at some online tutorials in knitting and other crafts, how-to use online apps and online Mindfullness sessions  – plus a Doorstep Garden Photo project where we share photos of what we see each day.

If you’ve other ideas we’d love to hear them! Please contact Hayley (details above). We’d love to hear from you. Stay safe and well, everyone!

Now for a great recipe from Supervalu for a bread that needs no flour! Fantastic if you can’t get hold of flour or if you’re wheat intolerant…Porridge Bread!


It’s very important we get some exercise every day, and here is a video from Age & Opportunity to keep you fit! You can also check out their nother videos and health info at https://ageandopportunity.ie/covid/keepactive/

Age & Opportunity Movement Minutes Session 1:  Seated



Today we’ve the Age Friendly Newsletter for ye all, along with some thoughts about Spring Chickens, and a quick recipe for easy-bake bread

Age Friendly Ireland Daily News_300420

We’re all missing our Spring Chickens get-togethers. Though we can’t be sure when we’ll be able to meet again, we know it will happen, and at Cumann na Daoine we will make it as safe as possible for us to see each other again.

We’re looking at what would be most useful to include in an autumn programme, and Hayley would love to hear your ideas! For sure, we will want most of all to talk to each other and perhaps we will tell our Covid19 stories…maybe collect them into a book or CD format so that they can be shared far and wide. Until then, let us know in our weekly calls what you would like to see…and we are so looking forward to seeing you all again! 



Staying Fit for the Future

Over the past few weeks, the Cork Sports Partnership team has been working with several of our partner organisations to create and develop resources to support people of all ages and abilities to keep active during these uncertain times. 

With this in mind please find attached several resources that we hope will help you to stay active and healthy.

  • Information Letter
  • HSE Physio 8 simple exercise to do at home- Demo is also on YouTube Click Here>> https://youtu.be/bPJ3M7dHY5U
  • WellComm Active flyer 

To help support you to stay active and healthy we are delighted to announce that we have also put in place the WellComm Active Support Line 086 1409 225. This is an over the phone service for ADULTS providing advice around Healthy Eating Active Living (HEAL).  You can also contact this number should you have any difficulty in accessing any of the information above or on our Keeping Cork Active Resource. 

For more information and ideas on how to stay active and healthy Click Here .


Physio letter

WellComm Active Flyer

And another easy recipe from Supervalu – tasty vegetable fritters!


As we start another week, here are some traditional Irish recipes from Supervalu…and a huge thank you to Brookes Supervalu of Youghal for their care and support for the community in these challenging times.

First, here’s a chicken and black pudding spectacular – yum!


And to follow, an old favourite Gur Cake (I used to eat this in Dublin, I hope it’s as popular in Cork!)


And a couple of songs for you to join in with while they’re cooking!




Hope everyone had a peaceful and safe Easter. Here’s the latest Age Friendly newsletter for you with some interesting and useful information. To follow that there’s a film – for all you Western lovers- The Good, The Bad and The Ugly!

And here’s the film!


Hello again, friends. Hope you’re all managing well and cocooned safely

Today we’ve another yummy recipe from the CnD Cafe, and also some exercise videos to keep you fit and healthy! We’ll continue making our weekly phone calls to our Spring Chickens list – if you know someone older who would welcome the call, please email hayleycumannnadaoine@gmail.com or call/text 0879890336.

Also remember that support is available if you need it – contact Hayley as above and we’ll find a volunteer to help you out!


https://youtu.be/8BcPHWGQO44 https://youtu.be/mQLzNf8VOIc



Hello to you all…today we’ve some information, a video and a recipe…hope you’ll enjoy these. It’s hard being cooped up but it will be worth it – stay safe and well, friends!

We’re all missing our Spring Chickens get-togethers so we’re already starting to plan for September. If you’ve ideas for that, please email Hayley at hayleycumannnadaoine@gmail.com.

First, our tasty and economical recipe from the CnD Cafe!

Delicious Meatloaf


1.5 Ibs of Ground Beef

1 Egg

1 Onion chopped

1 Cup of Milk

1 Cup of Breadcrumbs

2 Tablespoons of Brown or white sugar

2 Tablespoons of Mustard (optional)

¾ cup of Tomato Ketchup


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a large bowl combine the beef, egg, onion and milk and add in the breadcrumbs. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Place in a lightly greased loaf pan or simply mould into a loaf shape with hands.

Place into the oven at 350 degrees for 50 mins.

The Sauce Topping

In a bowl place the sugar, ketchup, mustard and mix well. When the 50 mins are up, take the meat from oven and glaze with the sauce. Place back in the oven for a further 15 minutes.

While that’s cooking…you can listen to Buster and Jules…have a singsong!


If you need something, and are on your own, Youghal United can help!