Ageing with Confidence

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This course has taught me that just because I am a pensioner, I am still in charge of my life and that all of us, no matter how old we are, deserve the best out of life’

What is Ageing with Confidence?

Ageing with Confidence is a six week course for older people in local communities – designed to increase confidence, encourage
reflection and share experiences.
 

How does it work?

The Ageing with Confidence course aims to increase levels of confidence in the individual by offering an experience of reflection and sharing and acquiring some information on optimal ageing. The initiative is based on an ethos of empowerment and mutual self-help among older people as well as promoting physical and mental health and social interaction.

Each session is delivered by a facilitator trained by Age & Opportunity and consists of information on aspects of ageing and runs over 6 half day sessions.. 

Topics covered include:

  1. Self-confidence and ageism
  2. Body/mind (the physical and psychological self)
  3. Feelings (the emotional self)
  4. Self-knowledge and stress
  5. The social and spiritual Self
  6. Ageing with confidence

How can I get involved?

The course is suitable for anyone who is interested in exploring their own ageing. It is not a therapeutic one and no previous qualifications are necessary.

It can be particularly beneficial for older people in general (50+), men’s shed groups and community groups.  If you would like to arrange for a programme for your group, or find out about a programme in your area contact us.

Contact

For information speak to Fiona Holohan in our Engage team.

  01 805 7733
 fiona.holohan@ageandopportunity.ie

  • What do participants say about the course?

    My greatest learning was that life did not end just because you are retired. In fact, I now view retirement as a new beginning, where I can explore new possibilities, challenges, interests and dreams. The course has taught me that just because I am a pensioner, I am still in charge of my life and that all of us, no matter how old we are, deserve the best out of life.

    Simon Dohonhue
    Ageing with Confidence Participant

Engage Initiatives:

AgeWise Workshops

Professionally facilitated workshops for employers and staff who are providing services to older people.  These workshops are designed to create awareness of attitudes to ageing and older people. Find out more here.

Touchstone

An eight week (over eight half days) training course –  for  people aged 50+ , designed to help make a difference within local organisations including skills on lobbying, research and working with the media. Find out more here.

Ageing with Confidence

Six week course (over six half days) – for older people in local communities – designed to increase confidence, encourage reflection and share experiences. Find out more here.

Creative Exchanges

QQI Level 6 Training Course which trains participants to plan and facilitate arts activities for older people in care settings. Find out more here.

Changing Gears

A six week course for people in mid- career or anticipating retirement.  Changing Gears is about building resilience, taking stock, making changes, bouncing back and moving on in life. Find out more here.

Bespoke Training

Bespoke training, advice and mentoring in the areas of arts, physical activity, active citizenship and lifelong learning.  We can tailor a programme to your/your organisation’s needs. Find out more here.

Azure

Azure explores how people with dementia-related conditions such as Alzheimer’s, and the people who care for them, can have a deeper involvement in cultural institutions and can participate in cultural activities. Find out more here.

Engage Initiatives:

AgeWise Workshops

An education and peer leadership initiative which trains older people how to lead sport and activity sessions in their local groups and communities. Find out more here.

Touchstone

An eight week (over eight half days) training course –  for  people aged 50+ , designed to help make a difference within local organisations including skills on lobbying, research and working with the media. Find out more here.

Aging With Confidence

Six week course (over six half days) – for older people in local communities – designed to increase confidence, encourage reflection and share experiences.  Find out more here.

Creative Exchanges

QQI Level 6 Training Course which trains participants to plan and facilitate arts activities for older people in care settings. Find out more here.

Changing Gears

A six week course for people in mid- career or anticipating retirement.  Changing Gears is about building resilience, taking stock, making changes, bouncing back and moving on in life. Find out more here.

Bespoke Training

Bespoke training, advice and mentoring in the areas of arts, physical activity, active citizenship and lifelong learning.  We can tailor a programme to your/your organisation’s needs. Find out more here.

Azure

Azure explores how people with dementia-related conditions such as Alzheimer’s, and the people who care for them, can have a deeper involvement in cultural institutions and can participate in cultural activities. Find out more here.

Learning, education and engaging with your local community offers a number of benefits including

  • happiness and empowerment
  • mental wellbeing
  • increased self-awareness and expression
  • development of new skills and interests
  • providing a sense of self control
  • social connection
  • reduced depression and anxiety
  • reduced stress levels
  • improved cognition
  • sense of identity and personhood
  • increased self-esteem and confidence

Principal Funders:

Link to HSE websiteLink to Sport Ireland websiteLink to Arts Council website

Our Principal Funders:

Link to HSE websiteLink to Sport Ireland websiteLink to Arts Council website