‘How to Age Well’ seminar coming to Wexford on May 7th

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Free community event will be delivered by leading Irish expert on ageing
Prof. Rose Anne Kenny at the Ferrycarrig Hotel from 7:30pm-9:30pm

The real secrets of how to age well will be shared at a regional seminar in Wexford organised by the GAA and TILDA and supported by Irish Life.

The content of the ‘How to Age Well’ event is based on evidence obtained from Trinity College’s Longitudinal Study of Ageing (TILDA) and other international research and will be delivered by Prof Rose Anne Kenny of Trinity College, one of the country’s leading authorities on the subject. The event is being coordinated by Wexford GAA’s Health & Wellbeing committee and supported by Irish Life and is open to all interested members of the public.

Did you know that people living by the sea are less likely to be depressed? That optimists live longer? That friendship and good social life is as important as low cholesterol for heart disease? That quality of life continues to get better after 50 for almost another 30 years? These nuggets of knowledge, and much more, will be explored on the night by Prof. Kenny.

Liam Griffin, manager of the Wexford hurling team that claimed the All Ireland in 1996, is the local ambassador for the event, and will be in attendance on the night.

Speaking ahead of the event, Liam Griffin said: “I’m delighted to be one of the Wexford Ambassadors for the ‘How to Age Well’ seminar alongside Ned Wheeler. The local GAA organisation in Wexford understands the importance of supporting people to live healthier lives and the seminar will take place in the middle of Wexford Wellness week, organised by the GAA committee in the county.

“Social connections are essential to living longer and I am looking forward to finding out more at the seminar about the beneficial influence our social and community connections can have on positive ageing. The information that TILDA will be sharing at the seminar will help all of us to embrace the changes that come with ageing and I strongly encourage everyone to attend the seminar on May 7.”

Over 8,500 people aged 50 and older were randomly selected to participate in the TILDA research and continue to be repeatedly interviewed and examined regarding many aspects of their lives including happiness, physical and mental health, financial circumstances, quality of life, and perceptions of ageing. The Wexford event will highlight themes including the importance of exercise, diet, social connectedness, purpose, and location.

Prof. Rose Anne Kenny said: “TILDA is one of the most important research studies in Ireland which helps to better understand why bodies and brains age and how we can best ensure long and prosperous lives, for today’s adults and for future generations. This unique partnership with the GAA will ensure that new research from TILDA and other international studies is quickly communicated to all age groups. As a research institution we are very excited about taking this new knowledge out to the Irish people.”

TILDA benefits from support from Irish Life through its corporate social responsibility arm, as does the GAA’s Healthy Club project, which involves Wexford clubs including Oulart-The Ballagh, St. Martin’s, Castletown-Liam Mellows, and St. John’s-Volunteers.

Speaking about the ‘How to Age Well’ initiative, David Harney, CEO Irish Life, said: “Our commitment at Irish Life is to make every community in Ireland healthier, and that commitment extends across all life-stages. With life expectancy in Ireland at 81 years, we want to ensure that people fully enjoy the years approaching and beyond retirement.”

“We have been a long-term supporter of TILDA and their vision of making Ireland the best place in the world to grow old. I believe that the GAA’s support of the ‘How to Age Well’ seminar series will bring valuable healthcare information to the wider community and help people of all ages, but particularly those over 50, to embrace change in their physical, emotional and social lives.”

GAA legend Míchéal Ó Muircheartaigh, the embodiment of positive ageing, attended the partnership launch in Croke Park and encouraged everyone to attend their local seminar. Almost 500 people have attended similar events held in Longford, Limerick, and Donegal to date in 2019.

To give the organisers an idea of numbers attendees are asked to register for the Wexford event at: https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/how-to-age-well-evidence-from-tilda-delivered-by-professor-rose-anne-kenny-professor-of-medical-tickets-59688286271

Or you can ring TILDA on 01-8964120 to reserve a place. Walk-ins on the night also welcome. For more information contact Séamus Hogan of the GAA Community & Health Department on[email protected] or 01-8192937.

GAA Ambassador Liam Griffin and Professor Rose Anne Kenny are available for interview in advance of the seminar.

For media information or to request an interview please contact:

Claire Rowley, Drury | Porter Novelli, [email protected], 087 269 5014

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