Unique & special collection of writings by nursing home residents launched by Minister Jim Daly


Over 80 nursing home residents contributed to the book ‘A story I have lived so long to make’

1st October 2018

A special collection of writings by nursing home residents was launched today, International Day of the Older Persons, by Minister of State for Older People Jim Daly. The coincides with the commencement of Positive Ageing Week.

The collection of writings has been brought together by Nursing Homes Ireland. It features writings from over 80 nursing home residents who are living in nursing homes across the country. Nursing Homes Ireland undertook the special initiative to showcase talents of nursing home residents and to provide people with an insight into the very special people who live in our nursing homes.

The writings encompass positive reflections of times present and past, with special childhood memories recalled. The book features writings that encompass reflection, sadness, humour, happiness, faith, friendship and love. Life traits are blended together within the book of writings.

Nursing Homes Ireland CEO, Tadhg Daly, states: “We are delighted to publish this very special and unique collection of writings during Positive Ageing Week. Nursing homes are committed to enabling the residents entrusted in their care to pursue their hobbies and interests and to participate in meaningful and engaging activities. The arts of writing and story-telling have been integral to many older people during their lives. This extraordinary project presented great opportunity for nursing home residents to embrace story-telling and put pen to paper. For many, it’s a first for them to see a writing of theirs published in print.

“As a society, we can learn from our older people and residents in nursing homes. This is demonstrated by the fantastic intergenerational engagement that is undertaken every week between residents and school pupils and students across the country. Some sage advice and reflections are provided within this collection of writings.  The positivity of times past is recalled and residents write of the importance of respect, friendship, love, support, care, happiness and contentment. People reading the book will laugh and also be touched by the sentiment within writings. We are immensely proud of this project and complement the fantastic writers who have made ‘A story I have lived so long to make’ so special.”

The oldest contributor to the book is 104 years of age and the title emanates from a phrase used within one of the resident’s writings.

The book has been circulated to 400+ nursing homes across the country and to people working within the elder care and health sectors. A limited number of copies are being made available on-demand to members of the public. Anyone wishing to receive a copy can contact NHI at 01 4699800.  

Pictures from the launch have been issued to picture desks and can be mailed separately. For further information contact Michael McGlynn, NHI Communications & Research Executive at 01 4699800 or 087 9082970.

Download a copy of ‘A story I have lived so long to make’ here







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