Positive Ageing Week runs from Monday, 1st October to Sunday, 7th October and to celebrate it, we have put together a challenge-a-day for you to help you to improve your health, well-being and your attitude to ageing.
"There is a fountain of youth: it is your mind, your talents, the creativity you bring to your life and the lives of people you love. When you learn to tap this source, you will truly have defeated age.” - Sophia Loren
During Positive Ageing Week we challenge you to take up a new hobby, share your knowledge with others or take some time for yourself, and enjoy time with friends and family.
Monday: Take up a hobby
Tuesday: Read a book you've always been meaning to get through.
We all have at least one book on the shelf that we've been meaning to read for years, be it a classic, one we read in school and have forgotten the story, or one that has been in the best-sellers list for ages but we never got a chance to read. The time is now. Even if it's only a few pages a night, and it takes you months, you'll be glad you did.
Thursday: Time-out - take up yoga, mindfulness or just switch-off for a few minutes yourself.
There are tonnes of yoga, mindfulness, tai chi and Pilates courses around the country, with many community centres and even libraries offering them for free or at a very reduced rate. Taking time-out has enormous benefits for mind, body and soul.
Friday: Keep a diary or even a blog
Saturday: Learn how to use a computer or your phone properly.
Sunday: It's Strictly Results night - learn to dance!
Learn to Dance, look great, feel great get fit, meet new people and beat the loneliness. It's a win / win. Read this piece on the experiences of some older people in Dun Laoghaire who have taken up dancing in recently.
Enjoy Positive Ageing Week, best of luck with the challenge and don't forget to let us know how you get on!