Live Longer & Prosper Programme 2019
In late 2017 Westmeath Community Development, in collaboration with Westmeath County Council and the Age Friendly Council, submitted a proposal to develop and roll out an Age Friendly programme in the first quarter of 2018 under the Healthy Ireland Fund. The Live Longer and Prosper Programme was developed and was ran in the first quarter of 2018 and approximately 140 older people took part in the pilot programme and was a huge success.
It was decided to roll it out again in 2019 in four locations across the County, including Mullingar, Athlone, Rochfortbridge and Delvin.
This Programme designed consisted of 4 main elements.
- Nutrition/Healthy Eating – by using our existing Food and Health Programme, our HSE dietitian redesigned a new Age Friendly programme , from eating health ,cooking & budgeting and food hygiene and more.
- Health – a physical exercise programme devolved by Westmeath Sport Partnership and a Mental Health Awareness programme by Mental Health Midlands
- Information Provision- guest speakers form the Guards , C.I.C , Help Link South , M.A.B.S and many more
- Social Outlet & Dancing- local musician and story tellers provide entertainment
The programme ran 1 day a week over 5 weeks from 10 am-3pm each week. On the fifth week all four programme groups of Live Longer and Prosper came together in the Bloomfield House Hotel on 21st March 2019 for the final workshop, evaluations and presentation of certificates.
The group ages ranged for 66 years to 92 years old. At each location group numbers were between 30 – 60 people for the duration of the programme.
Michelle Smith, Westmeath Community Development, said the the four week celebration of Live Longer and Prosper combined healthy eating and mental wellbeing.
"This is the second year of it, and we had more than 170 people participate across the four locations around the County. Today we had a total of 220 people attend four workshops, we had speeches, and a presentation of certificates. Everyone enjoyed lunch, and there was plenty of dancing and music afterwards. It was so successful we hope to run the programme again next year," she said.