Updated: 23/02/12 : 09:51:52
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Active Retirement Associations of Sligo Urged to Celebrate

Active Retirement Associations in Sligo are being urged to celebrate the European Year for Active Ageing and Solidarity Between Generations by organising local events in which people of all ages can get involved.

2012 has been officially designated as the European Year of Active Ageing and Solidarity Between Generations, and one of the aims of the Year is to encourage and support the contribution that older people make to society by promoting active ageing.

Active Retirement Ireland (ARI) – the umbrella body for Active Retirement Associations in Sligo and throughout the country – is one of the lead partners involved in coordinating the European Year in Ireland.

Over the coming months, ARI will be organising a number of events at national level, including a trade and tourism show and a national bowls tournament. The organisation is also encouraging its membership of 534 Active Retirement Associations to organise their own local activities to mark the Year.

ARI is particularly encouraging local groups to organise events on and around 23rd May, which the organisation has chosen as a day of celebration to mark the European Year. Activities will be coordinated by ARI at regional level, and the organisation is hoping that Active Retirement Associations in each region will come up with their own original and innovative ideas for marking the day.

Maureen Kavanagh, Chief Executive of ARI said : "With people living longer and staying healthier - and with many availing of opportunities to take early retirement - there are now more and more opportunities for older people to continue contributing to society in a variety of ways.

"By organising local events around 23rd May, local Active Retirement Associations can raise their profiles, attract new members, create greater awareness of the contribution that older people continue to make to local communities and promote cooperation between different age-groups. This is a year for people of all ages, and we hope communities across Sligo can take a full part in the celebrations."

The Irish programme of activities for the EU Year was launched in recent weeks by President Michael D. Higgins at a conference in Dublin Castle. At the launch, President Higgins said that, if ageing was to be a positive experience, it must be accompanied by opportunities to realise the potential of all people to participate in all facets of society. "This is the essence of active ageing", the President said.