News & Events


Home Care / Home Help

Calling All Senior Writers and Poets: SeniorCare.ie and Home Instead Senior Care Launch Creativity Initiative for 50+

Aug 24, 2011

SeniorCare.ie, Ireland’s number one website for senior care advice and information has launched a Creativity Initiative for seniors. Sponsored by Home Instead Senior Care, the aim of the initiative is to build an online library of poems, short stories and memoirs of older people in Ireland.

“The Creativity Initiative is for Ireland’s seniors to showcase their creativity. It encourages people to express themselves and share their works with other writers who are fifty-five and over. If you have written poetry, short stories, or memoirs, simply email them to conor@seniorcare.ie. We will publish your work on our website for free. Our aim is to build a rich archive. If this is something that interests you, please get in touch”, said Conor Ebbs, Co – Founder and Marketing Manager of Senior Care.ie.

SeniorCare.ie was set up in 2007. It was the brainchild of Sheila Ebbs. While struggling to find home care services for her mother, she had the idea of setting up a website where people could find all related services in one place. Her son Conor, a singer / songwriter and Computer Science graduate, stepped in with his expertise and after a year of planning, the website was born. It has grown over the last 4 years, incorporating a forum and blog, and they hope the new creativity section will help the site reach even more people.

“You can be a budding writer at any age and at Home Instead Senior Care we encourage all aspiring writers to take part in the Creativity Initiative. Creative writing can help improve both quality of life and mental functioning. Writing stimulates a person’s brain cells and provides an opportunity to express personal thoughts and feelings. It can also be a nostalgic activity and allows a senior to reflect on the past. For example, if a senior writes a memoir he or she has the opportunity to reminisce on past experiences and share this with children, friends and family members. The Creativity Initiative gives seniors the chance to take up a healthy and rewarding hobby”, said Ed Murphy of Home Instead Senior Care, Ireland’s largest home care provider.

For more information log on to www.seniorcare.ie.