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International Day of Older Persons 2017

1 October 2017

International Day of Older Persons falls just ten days ahead of the announcement by Government of Budget 2018 here in Ireland.  COPE Galway are calling on Government to demonstrate their commitment to supporting older people to continue to live healthy and independent lives in their own communities by increasing the supports provided to older people through the Home Care Package scheme and by including a nutritional assessment as part of this scheme.  

International Day of Older Persons was celebrated on Sunday, October 1st 2017. The theme this year is “Stepping into the Future: Tapping the Talents, Contributions and Participation of Older Persons in Society”. This year’s day is about enabling and developing the contributions of older people in their families, communities and societies and focuses on what supports full and effective participation in old age.

COPE Galway’s Older People’s Services supports Healthy Independent Ageing at Home and our focus is on promoting nutritional and social wellbeing. We do this across a range of services – Community Catering Meals-on-Wheels, Community Support Projects including Sonas Centre in Mervue and Lunch Clubs in a range of locations across Galway City and County. The majority of older people want to live independently at home and to stay connected to their communities, and we know that this has a very positive impact on health and wellbeing.

Our Community Catering Meals-on-Wheels service, which produces and delivers nutritious meals, supports many older people across Galway to get quality nutritional supports, to live independently at home and to stay connected with their communities.  We produce and deliver approximately 155 meals for older people every day and a growing number of these meals (currently 30%) are modified to meet the specific dietary or medically related requirements of individuals.  Such modified meals are suitable for older people with a range of medical conditions such as diabetes, coeliac or renal diet and also for older people who have dysphagia – a difficulty with the swallowing process.

Establishing and maintaining social connections are vital to health and wellbeing, and to promote this, in combination with addressing older people’s nutritional needs, we continue to develop and promote our lunch clubs across Galway.  There are now over ten  lunch clubs organised by local communities with local volunteers, giving older people an opportunity to get out and about and meet others for a chat, to have some fun and of course to enjoy great meals prepared and delivered by COPE Galway’s Community Catering service.

Our Community Support projects including our Sonas Day Centre in Mervue work with people living in a number of housing clusters around the city and supports them to come together as communities and mobilise themselves to be better able to address issues to improve their quality of life in their homes and localities.  We provide direct one to one support in many instances to those older people with the aim of promoting independence and reducing isolation.

Our Sonas Centre also offers a whole range of activities such as arts and crafts, a film club, outings and help with access to practical support such as shopping, laundry, form filling and assistance with benefits. Since 2015 a garden has continued to be developed with the help of staff, friends and neighbours.

COPE Galway is a local Galway charity that provides a range of services to some of the most vulnerable and isolated people in Galway including Older People and strives to ensure that older people’s basic rights, needs and preferences are being met. 

For further information, please contact us on 091 700800. 

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