A week-long series of events is being to take place across Denbighshire in the run-up to International Day of Older Persons (October 1) to celebrate the contribution of older people.
Nearly 30 years ago the United National General Assembly voted to establish October 1 as the International Day of Older Persons.
Last year the United Nations took a stand against ageism by drawing attention to and challenging negative stereotypes and misconceptions about older people and ageing.
This year, a series of events is being arranged by the Denbighshire Ageing – Well Networking Group to showcase what support is available.
This Partnership includes Denbighshire County Council, Age Connect, Alzheimer's Society, British Red Cross, Care & Repair, Care Forum Wales, Citizens’ Advice Denbighshire, NEWCIS and the NHS and many more.
Events will include sessions of the Lost in Art project, social events, arts and textiles, a ‘culture club’ for arts and dance and Talking Points sessions for people to get advice and information on well-being issues.
A social media campaign will also get underway to promote the projects and help raise the profile of issues relating to older people.
Councillor Bobby Feeley, Denbighshire County Council’s Lead Member for Well-being and Independence, who is also the Council’s Older People’s Champion said: “The increasing age profile is a fact we can't ignore.
“Throughout their lives older people have gained a wealth of knowledge, and as living longer becomes the norm, we need to recognise, value and harness their contribution. We must encourage people to take responsibility for keeping well and fit and to stay independent for as long as possible.
“Denbighshire has the second largest population of older people in Wales. Nearly a half of the population of Denbighshire are aged over 50 and a quarter are over 65. More and more people are living past 100 than ever before and this is a fact that needs recognising and celebrating."
* To find out more visit the Talking Points between Monday September 25 – Friday September 29, or contact Karen Eynon, Older People’s Strategy Development Officer on 01824 706356, e-mail: Karen.email@example.com.
A copy of Denbighshire’s Ageing Well Plan can also be found by visiting: http://www.denbighshire.gov.uk/ageingwell.