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UK Older People’s Day is on 1 October every year to coincide with the UN International Day of Older Persons. The main aim for the day is to celebrate the achievements and contributions that older people make to society and the economy and to challenge negative attitudes and outdated stereotypes.
Take a look at this ‘Becoming an older person’ for a personal viewpoint on getting older. Tell us what it’s like for you, whatever age you are , is Leeds Age Friendly?
This year’s theme: is being and staying active through culture in later life and some of the events which will take place in Leeds between 1 and 10 October can be seen in the calendar below. What will you be doing?
Tai Chi Taster Sessions
Date: 30 September and 2 October Venue: Hollybush Conservation Centre with conservation volunteers
Four Tai Chi taster sessions for older people. During these sessions we will teach about the history of Tai Chi in Chinese culture and simple breathing, balance and stretching exercises. After the sessions there will be a communal Chinese meal which the group will cook and sit round the table to eat.
Event is for Conservation Centre volunteers and is also open to the public, contact Katie Parkes 0113 239 9922, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Irish Tea Dance
Date: 1 October Venue: Immaculate Heart Church Hall, Moortown
Time: 12 noon-3.30pm
The Irish love to dance and we know how to throw a party so join us for our Irish Afternoon Tea Dance with a live Irish band from Irish Arts Foundation and a light lunch included. Admission by ticket only. Tickets £5 Online: www.irishteadance.eventbrite.com Phone: 0113 262 5614. Leeds Irish Health & Homes
Robot & Frank
Date: 1 October Venue: Bramley Library
A screening of “Robot and Frank” – a heart-warming film exploring ageing and social care. Event is open to the public, email email@example.com, Playful Anywhere
‘Tour de gallery’ – Skippko
Date: 1 October Venue: Leeds Art Gallery Time: 10.30am-12.30pm
A creative session, called ‘Tour de gallery’, at the gallery, where older people will be given a tour of the art work then invited to reflect on the gallery collections and to create their own piece of work. The aim is to promote the gallery as a venue for all ages as well as giving older people the opportunity to be creative and to express their own ideas.
Event is for older people in Leeds, contact Cath Brooke 0113 234 5355, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Eating and Memories – Zest Health For Life –
Date: 2 October Venue: Leeds City Market
Food is integral to all cultures, and home cooked food with its familiar tastes and smells is closely associated with memory and family history as well. To celebrate older people’s fond memories of food throughout their lives a stall is being set up outside the market with volunteers who will invite older people who pass by into the market stall. The event is open to the public, just come along to the Let’s Change Space stall, Row G in Leeds Kirkgate Market.
Bramley Challenge – Bramley Elderly Action –
Date: 4 October Venue: Trinity Church Town Street Bramley Time: 1.00pm-4.00pm
Bramley Challenge is a chance for those 60 years and older to show traditional skills and an opportunity to use forgotten skills. It is modelled on the old fete style of entering various categories in order to be judged on your skills in thing such as stitchwork, poems, preserves, handwriting, knitting, baking and so on.
Event is for people age 60+, contact Maureen Rusthworth, 0113 236 1644, email@example.com.
South Leeds Live at Home Food & Drink Festival
Date: 8 October Venue: St Andrew’s Community Centre, Beeston
Food and drink features highly in what our members see as culture and cultural events and they enjoying eating and trying out new tastes and foods, but aren’t always able to access the larger festivals and markets very easily. The festival will give them access to try things and take part in activities that will enhance their love of food and drink.
Event is for members andvolunteers of South Leeds Live at home and the public, contact 0113 271 6201, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Find out more about Older Peoples’ Day