About Third Age

Third Age is a national voluntary organisation celebrating the third age in life when people may no longer be in paid employment, but can remain healthy, fulfilled and continue to contribute to society. The longer people are encouraged to remain in this life stage, the better for older people themselves, their families, communities and society as a whole.

Third Age recognises and celebrates the fact that older people are a diverse group with different needs, abilities, backgrounds and experiences.

Third Age has a deserved reputation for innovation, and through a variety of national programmes demonstrates the value of older people remaining engaged and contributing in their own community for as long as possible.

Third Age plays a role in the championing of older people in an interconnecting range of initiatives, including the challenge of negative perceptions, and the representation of older people at policy-making fora.

Third Age offers choices and provides opportunities for lifelong learning, volunteering, community development, and social inclusion. Third Age is currently redefining itself for an Ireland reaching towards recovery, focussing its deliberations around four key themes:

  • Connectedness

  • Creativity

  • Challenge

  • Collaboration

Third Age is part of the Active Ageing Partnership, and we believe that it is through working together as a sector that we can maximise the opportunities and meet the challenges of ageing in Ireland. 


President Michael D. Higgins is a patron of Third Age. 

Navigating Your Work Future

Are you ready for change? Have your circumstances changed recently in that you have been made unemployed, redundant or in need of upskilling?

Navigating Your Work Future is a FREE one day course that will support you.

Organised and presented by Third Age in partnership with Accenture, the course will invite you to:

Evaluate your skills and strengths
Learn how to apply them to your best advantage
Understand the changing workplace and future trends
Identify opportunities for re-skilling, up-skilling and life-long learning

All courses are currently postponed due to COVID-19.

Latest News & Events

The coronavirus is a particular threat to older people and subsequently, SeniorLine has put in place a number of protocols to support our many older callers from all over Ireland. Any caller, concerned about COVID-19, will receive the most up to date guidance as recommended by Government sources. Good health practice is reinforced at all times. This information is updated daily as the situation changes and is available to each of our volunteers at the phones.

SeniorLine is a FREEPHONE service and our older callers can call free between 10 am and 10 pm every day of the year on 1800804591