Success! 4 In a row for Louth Age Friendly Fair

Success! 4 In a row for

Louth Age Friendly Fair

As Louth host Ireland’s largest Age Friendly Fair for the fourth consecutive year, people turn out in their thousands to see what the “wee county” has to offer their senior generation. An estimated 3,000 people travelled nationwide to attend this Age Friendly Fair in the Crowne Plaza Hotel Dundalk last Sunday.

Age Friendly Fair -Myhomecare stand Age Friendly Fair - Declan Murphy Myhomecare CEO

 

To say this event was a success is an understatement as over 50 exhibitors in various sectors attended the fair showcasing their finest products and services to the local community. Catering for all of our senior’s needs and more, the public had a chance to view what options are available for the senior generation, from care at home to healthcare services, retirement and pension advice, local travel initiatives to sampling local produce and more.

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Throughout the day we heard a number of informative talks on the latest services and initiatives available to our senior generation in Louth. Kicking things off with the launch of their latest service was Flexibus, Ireland’s first community care service, giving a presentation on their rural transport scheme. “This project is aimed at giving older people door-to-door transport through voluntary aid.”

We also heard Dementia Awareness and Body Mapping giving talks in the field along with demonstrations from Carmel Dowdall Chair Aerobics and Rosin Flanagan from McCabes Pharmacy, finishing off with live music from the O’Brien Brothers.Age Friendly Fair - Chaerobics

Undoubtedly stealing the show on the day had to the production team from the acclaimed documentary “Older Than Ireland”. This Irish documentary uncovers 100 years of a life as seen through the eyes of 30 Irish centenarians. Film producer Garry Walsh walked us through the highs and lows of making the documentary with his cast of Ireland’s oldest people, Kathleen Snavely (113-years-old) and Luke Dolan (108-years-old)

This annual fair truly is a community event supported by the Louth Age Friendly County Initiative, Age Friendly Business Forum, Louth Older People’s Forum, Dundalk Chamber of Commerce and Ardee Traders Association and finally the events main sponsor Myhoemcare.ie.

Louth Age Friendly Co-ordinator Mary Deery said “It has surpassed all our expectations in the last three years and I’m delighted with the take-up in age friendly business offerings.”

Myhomecare are Age Friendly Fair - Blathnait (homecare manager) and Jenny (Homcare coordinator)honoured to be part of such an informative and exciting event and are already looking forward to another successful Age Friendly Fair in 2016.

Louth Age Friendly Business Consumer Fair – Proudly sponsored by Myhomecare

Louth Age Friendly Business Consumer Fair

– Proudly sponsored by Myhomecare

We are proud to say that Louth is the first Age Friendly County in Ireland, leading the way for others to follow as we create a range of age-friendly initiatives to support our communities in living longer, happier lives at home with their families and loved ones. Over the past number of years, local businesses, community groups and the public have come together to create this fantastic annual event and promote positive aging in Louth.

When many of us think about growing older, we have a perception of an elderly lady or man sitting in a rocking chair with a blanket, that couldn’t be further from the truth.

Myhomecare would like to invite you along to the LouthLouth Age Friendly Poster - Sponsored by Myhomecare Age Friendly Business Consumer Fair in the Crowne Plaza Hotel this Sunday, October 4th and show you the true side of aging in our Age Friendly County. As we get older our needs and aspirations start to change, things that would have been irrelevant before become top of our priority list.  The Louth Age friendly Business Consumer Fair have put together a spectacular day to assist you in learning about the range of products and services available to support you in living longer and happier lives.

As the main sponsor of this Louth Age Friendly event, Myhomecare promise a fun afternoon of entertainment, guest speakers, exhibitors, music and of course great craic. We will also be launching our fully integrated care planning and monitoring application service myhomecareConnect.

Myhomecare Connect - Homecare from Anywhere

What to expect on the day:

  • There will be 50 exhibitors showcasing their age friendly products and services in a range of sectors from; caring and support services, technology, finance, fashion, law, Health and many more.
  • Learn about services that are available to support you or a loved one at home and in their community.
  • Special guest on the day, businessman Gavin Duffy, RTE Dragon’s Den.
  • Live music throughout the day.

We look forward to seeing you at this FREE event on Sunday 4th October in the Crowne Plaza Hotel Dundalk from 12 noon to 5pm that evening.

Crown Plaza are offering a 10% discount on lunch to all who attend the Consumer Fair on the day.

This event is proudly supported by main sponsor Myhomecare, other supporters include Louth Age Friendly County Initiative and Age-Friendly.

For further information on this event please call Myhomecare of Freephone 1800 400 900.

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Louth Age Friendly Consumer Fair 2014

Louth Age-Friendly Business Consumer Fair

Crowne Plaza, Dundalk, Co. Louth

Sunday 5th October 2014 – Midday to 5.00pm

A unique opportunity to learn about the innovative products and services to enhance and secure our lives as we live longer.

Within the Northeast region, Louth is seen as leading the way in developing a range of age-friendly initiatives and related new products and services. These developments are happening across the board with businesses, within communities and among the public services.

As we grow older our needs and aspirations change, so what range of products and services are available to help enhance the wonderful opportunity of living longer?

Following on from the success the 2012 & 2013 Age-Friendly Business Consumer Fair , we will once again seek to provide information on what products and services are available for older people.

Attendees will be able to

• Learn how new innovate products can assist in the daily activities of living

• Learn about services that are available to support you or a loved one in their own home and in the community

• Listen to informative talks on matters that concern older people including Cardiac First Responder Programmes and Dementia Friendly Communities

• Learn about those businesses who offer products and services for older people, to assist them in living longer and healthier lives in the best possible way

As well as over 40 Age Friendly business exhibitors, leading figures from caring and support services, technology, finance, fashion, law and many more will be on hand to give advice and provide valuable information. A full profile of all exhibitors will be available over the coming months on www.agefriendly.ie/louthagefriendly and multiple media.

Guest speakers in the ‘Parlour’ will be Barry Hennessey who will speak about the Linked Community Cardiac First Responder Scheme and also Marie Hayes & Mary Gaughran who will talk about Dementia Supports in Community.

The special guest on the day will be businessman Gavin Duffy, star of RTE Dragon’s Den and chairperson of the Louth Age Friendly Business Forum.
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If you would like to book a stand for your products or services please email brenda@dundalk.ie to book a stand or call Tel: 042 9336343 – Book now as places are limited.

We look forward to seeing you at this FREE event on Sunday 5th October in the Crowne Plaza.

The event is supported by the Louth Age-Friendly County Initiative, Age-Friendly Business Forum, Louth Economic Forum, Dundalk Chamber of Commerce and Louth Older Peoples Forum.

(Source: www.dundalk.ie)

Preventing Falls Among Older Adults

Preventing Falls Among Older Adults

The Reality

Each year, one in every three adults ages 65 or older falls and 2 million are treated in emergency departments for fall-related injuries. And the risk of falling increases with each decade of life. The long-term consequences of fall injuries, such as hip fractures and traumatic brain injuries (TBI), can impact the health and independence of older adults. Thankfully, falls are not an inevitable part of aging. In fact, many falls can be prevented. Everyone can take actions to help in Preventing Falls Among Older Adults, with some simple steps you can protect the older adults you care about.

Prevention Tips

You can play a role in preventing falls. Encourage the older adults in your life to:

  • Get some exercise. Lack of exercise can lead to weak legs and this increases the chances of falling. Exercise programs such as Tai Chi can increase strength and improve balance, making falls much less likely.
  • Be mindful of medications. Some medicines—or combinations of medicines—can have side effects such as dizziness or drowsiness. This can make falling more likely. Poor vision can make it harder to get around safely. Older adults should have their eyes checked every year and wear glasses or contact lenses with the right prescription strength to ensure they are seeing clearly.
  • Eliminate hazards at home. About half of all falls happen at home. A home safety check can help identify potential fall hazards that need to be removed or changed, such as tripping hazards, clutter, and poor lighting.

Steps for Home Safety

The following checklist can help older adults reduce their risk of falling at home:

  • Remove things you can trip over (such as papers, books, clothes, and shoes) from stairs and places where you walk.
  • Install handrails and lights on all staircases.
  • Remove small throw rugs or use double-sided tape to keep the rugs from slipping.
  • Keep items you use often in cabinets you can reach easily without using a step stool.
  • Put grab bars inside and next to the tub or shower and next to your toilet.
  • Use non-slip mats in the bathtub and on shower floors.
  • Improve the lighting in your home. As you get older, you need brighter lights to see well. Hang lightweight curtains or shades to reduce glare.
  • Wear shoes both inside and outside the house. Avoid going barefoot or wearing slippers.