Age Action

Bealtine Festival 2012

Bealtine Festival 2012

Preparations for the Bealtaine Festival 2012 are underway. This year’s Bealtaine festival theme is ‘What kind of old do you want to be?’ recognising that older people are not one homogeneous group; rather, we are individuals with widely differing talents, interests and needs. To register your event either on line or to by downloading a paper application form please go to: Closing Date for Applications is Tuesday 14th February 2012 all forms can be returned to Age and Opportunity, Marino Institute of Education, Griffith Avenue, Dublin 9. Tel: 01 805 7709 Fax: 01 853 5117

New Report on Dementia in Ireland Launched by Minister for Health

The number of people with dementia in Ireland is expected to triple over the next 30 years and they will be a “huge burden” on the State without a long-term care strategy, Minister for Health James Reilly has said. Currently more than 41,000 Irish people have dementia, costing an estimated €1.7 billion in care every year but the number of those with the disease is likely to rise to 147,000 by 2041. A new report on dementia in Ireland suggests diagnosis of the condition is the exception rather than the rule for those at home. The report estimates that 41,700 have the disease based on the prevalence in other countries and 26,104 are cared for in their own homes. There are an estimated 50,000 family carers in Ireland looking after someone with at least one of the six specified symptoms of dementia.Link to article:

Chess School Polimac Kilkenny – Junior Championships

We would like to say well done to everyone who took part in the Chess School Polimac Junior Championships in the Club House Hotel on Sunday. Chess School Polimac offers weekly group chess lessons for adults at the Club House Hotel. Ten week courses in chess arranged for any group of up to 12 adults anywhere in Co. Kilkenny. Chess is very good for all generations. The benefits are huge – better concentration, self esteem, planning and so on. Great fun for all! Contact Darko Polimac, Club House Hotel, Patrick Street Kilkenny or visit the website you can also telephone 086 1629415

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