Celebrating Older People
By One Giant Leap
Friday 07 Oct 2016 13:41:00
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Older people contribute tremendously to our community! A celebration was marked at the weekend (1-2 October) with UK Older People’s Day and Silver Sunday.

Older People’s Day is an opportunity to highlight the important contributions that older people make to our community and raise awareness of the issues of ageing.

UK Older People’s Day is celebrated on 1st October to coincide with the UN International Day of Older Persons.

At Ageing Better Middlesbrough we are working to reduce loneliness and social isolation for people 50 and over in our town. We have over 750 members who receive information from us about what’s happening locally. We wanted to celebrate Ageing Better Middlesbrough’s first anniversary and Older People’s Day with them.

We hosted an afternoon tea at the Dorman’s Museum for 60 of our members who got the chance to meet new friends and reconnect with people they’d not seen for years.

Pauline Ashurst met two ladies she’d not seen in a while and went on to have more tea and cake afterwards. She said: “I’ve loved it for the company. It’s been a lovely treat.”

The Tees Valley Babershop Harmony Club (Northern Acchord) opened the event with a performance that certainly got everyone in the spirit for a celebration. 

Norah Henderson said: “We’ve had a good chat with new people and found out we have friends in common.”

Linda Ford, Ageing Better Middlesbrough Community Projects Officer, said: “We are very proud of Middlesbrough and everyone who is ‘Ageing Better’ here. It’s wonderful to meet people who have so much to give. It was great to see our members come together enjoying time to socialise, meeting new friends and reconnecting with old friends.”

Nicola Matthews joined Ageing Better Middlesbrough at last year’s Older People’s Day event. Nicola said: “I’m really enjoying it and look forward to getting information from Ageing Better Middlesbrough. I try to go to all events as it’s an excellent opportunity. I enjoy meeting new people.”

Members of the Ageing Better Middlesbrough Advisory Group attended the afternoon. They enjoyed lively conversations with everyone and spreading the word about their involvement in the programme.

With special thanks to Songbird Bakery for donating cakes to the event and welcoming our members at their bakery on Bedford Street.

World Health Organisation say: “This year, we challenge everyone to identify and question these internalized ageist attitudes, and to understand the serious impact that these attitudes have. For older people, ageism is an everyday challenge.

“Overlooked for employment, restricted from social services and stereotyped in the media, ageism marginalizes and excludes older people in their communities.

“Older people who feel they are a burden may also perceive their lives to be less valuable, putting them at risk of depression and social isolation. Research shows that older adults with negative attitudes about ageing may live 7.5 years less than those with positive attitudes.” (http://www.who.int/ageing/events/idop_rationale/en/ )

If you or someone you know ever feels lonely you can call the team on 01642 257030. Or if you’d like to join as a member for free visit: www.ageingbettermiddlesbrough.org.uk/become-a-member


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