Council marks International Day of Older Persons
This year, the International Day of Older Persons falls on Monday 1 October and a special day of celebration has been laid on for Tuesday 2 October with a day filled with free events.
The day’s activities start from 10am in Barking Town Square, with highlights including live entertainment, information stalls, boccia, and the opportunity to have a free health check.
Alongside this there will be training session where you can learn more about dementia and become a dementia friend from 10am.
The theme for this year’s Older People’s Day are - promoting the daily life of an older person, raising the visibility of older people in today’s society, reflecting on the challenges that face older people so that they can equally enjoy the freedom that the younger generation can and engaging broader audiences about all stages of life.
"I think it’s crucial that we follow up this year’s themes by raising the visibility of and engaging with our older people"
Councillor Maureen Worby, Cabinet Member for Social Care and Health Integration, is excited about the day of activities:
“This year’s International Day of Older Persons is packed full of things to do. Whether you want to play boccia, take exercise taster lessons or watch some live entertainment, I want to see as many people as possible get involved”, she said.
“I think it’s crucial that we follow up this year’s themes by raising the visibility of and engaging with our older people.”