Celebrating International Day of Older People 1 October 2015

Leeds - a city for all ages

Leeds – a city for all ages

Each year on 1 October, since 1998, Leeds has celebrated the

International Day of Older People

International Day of Older People

International Day of Older People with activities that usually went on for around a week and a half.  In 2014 these community events were attended by over 1,000
older people.

This year a series of community events, celebrating the theme “Health and Wellbeing” will be held between 1 – 10 October 2015.

Sean Tunnicliffe, Communications Officer, Leeds Older People’s Forum said:

“Although the events are aimed at older people, some also have an inter-generational elements and they tackle the Health & Wellbeing theme in varied, different and innovative ways providing fun and entertainment.”

Walking football

Walking football

Here are just a few of the events:

Age UK Leeds are organising a table tennis tournament for older people, which they hope will lead to the development of a regular table tennis session for older people.

Dance Studio Leeds/Alzheimer’s Society are staging a celebratory day of dance for older people, which will comprise two themed participatory workshops, one for people living with Dementia and one for people aged 60+.

Yorkshire Dance - Dancing in Time - July 2015 (c) Sara Teresa (7) - small

Neighbourhood Action in Farnley, New Farnley and Moor Top are staging an evening Barn Dance for older people in the area.

Belle Isle Elderly Winter Aid is holding a “Sporting Memory Lane” exhibition of local football and rugby teams.

New Testament Church of God Lunch Club is staging a ‘Celebrating Working for the NHS’ event to celebrate their club members who worked for the NHS, some of whom came to the UK specifically to work for the NHS.

Tai chi session

Tai chi session

To find out download the Community Event Calendar.

If you’re planning your own event we’d love to hear about it why not tweet about it using #IDOPLDS or mention it on the Older Peoples’ Forum Facebook page.

People are also invited to attend a Leeds the Best City to Grow Old in event  on Thursday October 1 at Leeds City Museum to consider what you as individuals or what you as organisations can do also be the opportunity to find out more about some of our recent projects and have your say on the refresh of our Age Friendly Leeds Charter.

To get tickets register here or Email agefriendly@leeds.gov.uk or telephone 0113 3783828/3783831 if you would like to come.

If you are not able to attend the event we are asking people to consider how else they can get involved and make a pledge.

If you want to get involved, please tell us;

WHAT DO YOU PLEDGE TO DO TO HELP MAKE LEEDS THE BEST CITY TO GROW OLD IN?

WHEN WILL YOU DO IT?

WHERE WILL YOU DO IT?

HOW WILL IT CONTRIBUTE TO MAKING LEEDS THE BEST CITY TO GROW OLD IN?

Please return your pledge information with your name, organisation (if relevant) to agefriendly@leeds.gov.uk or post to Leeds City Council, PO Box 848, Older People and Long Term Conditions Team, LEEDS, LS1 9PQ

 

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2 Responses to Celebrating International Day of Older People 1 October 2015

  1. Well I have tried many avenues to engage with older people’s group activities(I am 72) in my area (Leeds 8)without success. I was particularly interested in table tennis as I have not played for over forty years and my GP recommended it as beneficial due to minor coordination and balance problems. Although organisations are ostensibly helpful my own reticence and inability to engage in meaningful contact leaves me isolated and lonely at times.

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