Services For The Elderly

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Developing a new and positive vision of ageing in Ireland

What we do

The mission statement of Services for Older People challenges society to adopt an inclusive, caring positive attitude to all older people. Many years ago Limerick Social Service Council pioneered wide-ranging voluntary services to individuals and groups of older people.

It has always endeavoured to respond creatively and imaginatively to gaps, deficiencies and current problems through its pool of volunteers at parish and outreach level.

In partnership with other groups and agencies, older people are encouraged to value themselves as resources to each other, to family and neighbourhood.

The Service advocates positive ageing by:

  • Challenging negative attitudes to ageing and older people
  • Promoting greater participation by older people in society

This work is based on research findings which conclude that:

  • People can live longer if they resist negative stereotyping
  • People need to participate in activities of a meaningful and absorbing nature as they age.
  • On-going participation in arts programmes not only promotes good mental health but also ensures better physical health.

Services for Older People start from the premise that quality of life is not just a matter of the circumstances in which older people find themselves, but it is also about making sense of one’s life and finding meaning and purpose.

In association with Limerick City Sports Partnership, Age and Opportunity Ireland and HSE Mid West, members of local Active Age Groups participated in a series of PALS (Physical Activity Leaders) workshops.

They consisted of exercises to suit all abilities and the people who took part are now trained to go back to their own groups and deliver these sessions to others and encourage them to get more active.

The motto is “Get Motivated. Get Up. Get Out. Get Moving”. Older people are also involved in walking clubs, pitch and putt, skittles, bowling and golf. Other groups were successful in obtaining funding to pursue Tai Chi, aqua aerobics, dance, music and movement.

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