Sixty the new forty – dlr Age Well Expo

by Gazette Reporter
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In recent years, scientists have claimed that ‘60 is the new 40’, mostly in response to our ageing population and research into changing attitudes on what it means to be older. 

On Sunday next Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council presents the dlr Age Well Expo in association with the dlr Age Friendly Alliance.  The event will take place in the Pavilion at Leopardstown Racecourse to celebrate and showcase services and products available to older people in Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown.

The dlr Age Well Expo will also provide an opportunity to connect, engage and hear about topics of interest, particularly around the subjects of participation, health and security thus empowering older persons to participate in society and to overcome barriers to achieving wellbeing. The event takes place from 10am to 4pm and entry is free of charge. It will feature a large and diverse exhibition space, seminars and presentations along with a networking and café area.  The event is free, everyone is welcome and in order to manage numbers, booking is essential at or call the Community Section of Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council at 01 205 4893 for assistance with the online booking.

Margaret McCarthy & Tony McCarthy both from Foxrock mark the announcement that On Sunday June 11th

Speakers on the day will include Professor Ian Robertson, author of the brilliant and thought-provoking book; ‘How confidence works: The new science of self-belief’ with a talk on Confident Ageing.  Celebrity Chef Tara Walker will be doing a Cookery Demonstration entitled Healthy Cooking for One. Dr Ann Monaghan from TCD’s The Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing (TILDA) will present ‘Age with Purpose – Lessons from TILDA’.  Áine Flynn, director of the newly launched Decision Support Service will give a presentation on Decision-Making legislation and one of the highlights of the event will be a performance by 90-year-old Actress Sheila Flitton from the Banshees of Inisherin, of her highly acclaimed one-woman show ‘Beezie’.

There will be free return shuttle buses to and from the event from Dún Laoghaire DART Station and Nutgrove Shopping Centre at 9.30am and 10.30am in the morning and afternoon at 1pm and 2pm, no booking required.  An Garda Síochána will also operate a minibus shuttle to and from Sandyford LUAS station throughout the day. All services are free and no booking required.   Full details are on

Photo: Gareth Chaney/ Collins Photos

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