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Three 60RTÉ One, Monday, 7.30pm

2006: Programme 8

Item 1 - What do you imagine for yourself as you grow older?

Margharita Solon has a vision. When she guides us through the disused Sisters of Mercy convent in Naas she imagines the Nás na Riogh project brought fully to fruition.

She sees a rubble-strewn yard converted into 37 self-contained apartments for the elderly. She sees the convent's decaying interior renovated into a modern living space and can almost feel daylight spill into the dank hallway from a glass atrium pencilled into the roof. The property selected is right in the middle of town, filtering sounds of life and bustle. Shops and restaurants invite modest excursions around the corner while Margarita Solon foresees two nearby schools as a vibrant crossover between old and young. A cross-generational bridge between our past and future.

Nás na Riogh wants to challenge the isolation of old age. On this week's episode of Three 60, Catherine, John, Kathleen, Phyllis and Maura all tell us why they fear growing old. Statistics predict that people in Ireland will be living much longer. The number of older people is projected to increase substantially by 2036 with the number of over-65s increasing from 11 per cent of the population to about 20 per cent. The number of people aged 80 years or more is projected to treble from a 2001 level of 98,000 to about 320,000 in 2036 (CSO, 2004) But what sorts of supports are in place for people who do want to live in Residential Care?

Margharita's forward thinking and enthusiasm is somewhat contagious. It begs everyone to look forward and to consider what it is we really want as we get older.

Item 2 - Fly Fishing in Ireland

Pearse is a retired man from Kilmessan in Co. Meath. He likes to spend his time fishing on the banks of the Boyne. He has been fishing all his life.

Just over two years ago, he lost his sight as a result of diabetes. However, it was not long before he returned to his favourite past-time of fly fishing. Whiskey is Pearse's guide dog and constant fishing companion along with his daughter Caitriona. Together they spend time together fishing for pike and trout along the banks of the Boyne.

Pearse demonstrates his skill and determination at this sport while competing for a place on the Irish team.

Contact Details for Item One on the elderly and Nás na Riogh
Margharita Solon
Nás na Ríogh Housing Association
Telephone 045 866303

1 Willie Bermingham Place, Kilmainham Lane Dublin 8
Tel: 01 6791032

Helping elderly people in need is the founding principle of ALONE and has guided our work over the years. Two decades later our objectives remain exactly that they were when the organisation was founded. These are to:
- provide food, clothing, fuel and other comforts for people over sixty years of age who are unable to provide for themselves.
- provide shelter or accommodation on a temporary or permanent basis for such people.
- provide education and information services on the problems and needs of elderly people living on their own.

The Senior Helpline
Would you like to share a worry? Feeling lonely?
Telephone 1850 440 444
10 am to 1pm and 7pm-10am
More Information on the Internet

Contact details for Item Two - Fly Fishing in Ireland
The warmest of welcomes awaits anyone with a mobility impairment to join the Irish Disabled Fly Fishing Association.
- Outings and competitions are mainly boat fishing for trout.
- Special boats (Wheelyboats) which are so easy for a wheelchair user to fish from.
- If you have not fished before members will be happy to teach you and can lend you a rod to get started.

Mr Hugh Davidson
3 Rectory Park
BT51 5AJ
Tel: 00 44 28 2955 8874

Miss E J Black
6 Old Park Drive
BT42 1BG
Tel: 00 44 28 2564 2539

Mr J Spratt
Bruglas Lodge
Derrygonnelly Road
Tel: 00 44 28 6634 1684

Three 60 is sponsored by RehabCare and Fás.