The free Keep Well, Keep Movin’ Older Adults Community Health Festival will take place on 8 March. Photo: Jack Finnigan

Keep on moving!

Keep well and keep moving!

That’s the message from the organisers of a health festival for older people coming to Midleton next month.

The free Keep Well, Keep Movin’ Older Adults Community Health Festival to help older adults connect with support and wellbeing services and will take place on 8 March from 10am-3pm.

HSE Cork North Community Work Department, Cork Kerry Community Health Care is hosting the festival at the Midleton GAA Hall.

Keep Well, Keep Movin’ aims to connect older adults with a wide range of community, voluntary and primary care services which promote enhanced physical, social, cognitive, mental health and wellbeing.

The health festival will involve guest speakers and the first half of the day will cover Fair Deal, Singing for the Brain and Falls and Frailty. The afternoon will consist of taster sessions in retirement and mental health, activator poles to aid walking and balance, mindfulness, health promotion and improvement.

Eileen O’Leary, HSE General Manager Non-Residential Services Older Persons, said: “The Keep Well, Keep Movin’ Community Health Festival as a great way for older adults to learn about the primary healthcare, community, voluntary and statutory services that are available to them and how such services can assist older adults to stay well, active and connected.

“All are welcome on the day and we look forward to meeting everyone. It will be great fun and hugely informative.”

A wide range of community and primary health services will also be showcasing at the event, including health projects, community psychology, dementia cafes, occupational therapy, fire safety in the home, social prescribing, sexual health, money matters and crime prevention.

Some of the services you can connect with one the day include Cork Sports Partnership, Irish Hospice Foundation, Cork County Libraries, Cancer Connect, SECAD (South East Cork Area Development), Alzheimer Society of Ireland, ALONE and Age Friendly Counties.