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TILDA ambassadors, from left, Eamonn Rea, former Limerick Hurler, Claire Egan, former Mayo footballer, Maria Devenney, former Donegal footballer, Anthony Molloy, former Donegal footballer and Denis Coughlan, former Cork dual player, during the How to Age Well: GAA and TILDA Partnership launch at Croke Park in Dublin. 
TILDA ambassadors, from left, Eamonn Rea, former Limerick Hurler, Claire Egan, former Mayo footballer, Maria Devenney, former Donegal footballer, Anthony Molloy, former Donegal footballer and Denis Coughlan, former Cork dual player, during the How to Age Well: GAA and TILDA Partnership launch at Croke Park in Dublin. 

GAA/TILDA organise 'How to Age Well' seminars


County seminar schedule:

• Longford: Monday 11th March 7-9pm, Longford Arms Hotel

• Limerick: Wednesday 20th March 7-9pm, Woodlands House Hotel Adare

• Donegal: Friday 22nd March 2-4pm, Letterkenny Institute of Technology

• Cork (Date TBC)

• Mayo (Date TBC)

To register for the seminars please go to:

· Longford: https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/how-to-age-well-evidence-from-tilda-delivered-by-professor-rose-anne-kenny-professor-of-medical-tickets-56036424454

· Limerick: https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/how-to-age-well-evidence-from-tilda-delivered-by-professor-rose-anne-kenny-professor-of-medical-tickets-56036684231

· Donegal: https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/how-to-age-well-evidence-from-tilda-delivered-by-professor-rose-anne-kenny-professor-of-medical-tickets-56036725354

For assistance in registering, people can ring TILDA on 01-8964120 and a member of the team will assist.

In an era where we are all expected to live longer, the GAA, Trinity College Dublin and Irish Life have come together to highlight the secrets to successful ageing through a series of regional seminars.

For example, 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 by Professor Rose Anne Kenny, a world expert in healthy ageing, as part of this series of public talks entitled ‘How to Age Well: Evidence from TILDA’.

Irish Life is one of the founding supporters of TILDA which is the Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing, led by Trinity College Dublin. Over 8,500 people aged 50 and older were randomly selected 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.

Free talks open to the general public, organised by the GAA’s County Health & Wellbeing Committees, will take place in Longford (March 11), Limerick (March 20), Donegal (March 22), and Mayo and Cork later in 2019 (dates to be confirmed). The content will highlight themes including the importance of exercise, diet, social connectedness, purpose, and location.

GAA President John Horan said: “The GAA is proud to represent every age demographic in Ireland. These talks are not just for GAA members, they are for anyone in the community that is interested in ageing well. Irish Life is a long-standing CSR partner of the GAA Healthy Club Project and we’re delighted to broaden that relationship through this collaboration with TILDA.”

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.”

Speaking about the ‘How to Age Well’ initiative said, 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 ambassadors from participating counties are supporting the seminar series. They visited TILDA’s research hub in Trinity College to experience some of the tests that participants in the research undergo, including cognitive tests, gait analysis, grip strength, bone density, and aural and visual testing.

Professor Rose Anne Kenny,TILDA, far left, and TILDA Ambassadors, from left, Claire Egan, former Mayo footballer, Mícheál Ó Muircheartaigh, GAA commentator, Denis Coughlan, former Cork dual player, Anthony Molloy, former Donegal footballer, Maria Devenney, former Donegal footballer, and Eamonn Rea, fomrer Limerick Hurler, during the How to Age Well: GAA and TILDA Partnership launch at Croke Park in Dublin. 
Professor Rose Anne Kenny,TILDA, far left, and TILDA Ambassadors, from left, Claire Egan, former Mayo footballer, Mícheál Ó Muircheartaigh, GAA commentator, Denis Coughlan, former Cork dual player, Anthony Molloy, former Donegal footballer, Maria Devenney, former Donegal footballer, and Eamonn Rea, fomrer Limerick Hurler, during the How to Age Well: GAA and TILDA Partnership launch at Croke Park in Dublin. 

GAA legend Míchéal Ó Muircheartaigh attended the partnership launch and encouraged everyone to attend their local seminar.

He said: “It didn’t surprise me to discover the contribution of social and community connections to positive ageing. The GAA provided me and many of my generation with a social network that allowed us to stay connected and be part of something bigger than ourselves. It still does. I’m sure the seminars will offer everyone who attends new information that will help them age well.”

The Irish LongituDinal Study on Ageing (TILDA) is a large-scale, nationally representative, longitudinal study on ageing in Ireland, the overarching aim of which is to make Ireland the best place in the world to grow old. TILDA collects information on all aspects of health, economic and social circumstances from people aged 50 and over in a series of data collection waves once every two years.

The GAA Community & Health Department aims to ensure that the health and wellbeing of members, clubs, and communities is at the core of all GAA activity. Its mission is to empower the Association to enrich the lives of our members’ and the communities the GAA serves. This is achieved by providing all units and members of the Association with access to appropriate support and information.

Irish Life is a founding supporter of TILDA since 2006 as part of the company’s Corporate Social Responsibility Programme. The other funders of TILDA are Atlantic Philanthropies and Dept. of Health.

Established in 1939, Irish Life is Ireland’s leading life and pension company. Irish Life is committed to delivering innovative products backed by the highest standards of customer service and, as part of the Great-West Lifeco group of companies, one of the world’s leading life assurance organisations, Irish Life has access to experience and expertise on a global scale, allowing the company to continuously enhance its leading range of products and services.

For more information contact:

Fiona O’Connor, Drury | Porter Novelli, fiona.oconnor@drurypn.ie, 087 694 9601

Claire Rowley, Drury | Porter Novelli, claire.rowley@drurypn.ie, 087 269 5014

Cian Murphy, GAA, cian.murphy@gaa.ie, 087 2768338

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