As you may know, September 28th – October 2nd marks International Positive Ageing Week and this year the United Nations has decided that the theme of the International Day of Older People on October 1st, is to focus on the impact of pandemics on how we address age and ageing.
In recognition of this and in the context of its leadership role in the Cork County COVID-19 Community Support Programme, Cork County Council has brought together a range of contributors to share their experiences of life during COVID-19 and to share their advice for looking ahead with positivity and confidence.
“Embracing the Autumn with confidence” captures the heart-warming stories of older people as well as practical advice on available supports from Cork County Council, the HSE, An Garda Síochána and other agencies. Working closely with Cork County Older People’s Council, the Council recognized the need to provide messages of reassurance and confidence to the older and more vulnerable members of our communities.
Contributors such as Dr. Con Murphy, retired medical doctor and well known GAA personality and Bibi Baskin, wellness advocate and former television presenter, relayed their experiences of the COVID-19 Pandemic alongside representatives of An Garda Siochana, the HSE and Cork County Fire Services providing practical advice and information on available supports. The overarching message to older people is to focus each day on the positives – positive thinking, positive achievements, positive outlook, – these are the key ingredients that will help us all, young and old, to cope with the challenges and uncertainty of the period ahead.
You can watch the video here: