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Thursday, October 25, 2012

Society goes on trial over ageism

Society will be put on trial on a charge of ageism at a special court hearing being staged in Denbighshire later today (Thursday, October 25).

The mock trial is being arranged by Denbighshire County Council Older People's Team as part of the No Limits! Don't Stop Me Know' event being held at Denbigh Town Hall.

The event, which aims to promote activities for the over 50s, is being supported by Denbighshire Voluntary Services Council and Age Concern North Wales Central.

The court hearing will have defendants accused of ageism and they will face questions from real barristers and a high court judge that are giving their time to support the event.

Expert witnesses will be called to assist in making the event realistic.

A range of other activities will be arranged during the day, including hand massage, a smoothie bike for you to get peddling to create their own healthy smoothie, speed dating for the over 50s, information stands and activities from the Welsh Judo Association.

Councillor Bobby Feeley, Cabinet Lead Member for Social Care and Children's Services, said: "In Denbighshire, we have one of the highest populations of older people in Wales which means that we need to adapt what we have on offer. Older people are living longer, they want to stay independent for longer and as a result, their needs are changing.

"We want to change attitudes towards getting older and events like this really show that life does begin at 50."

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