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International Day of Older Persons – recognising and valuing the contributions of older people

Published: Thursday, October 5, 2017 2:11 PM    |     Modified: Thursday, October 5, 2017 2:11 PM


People over the age of 50 will join the council and health and community organisations to mark this year’s International Day of Older Persons on October 1.

The day is celebrated annually to recognise the contributions older people make to society and to examine issues that affect their lives.

Events including entertainment, information sessions, and health and wellbeing activities, will take place at LinkAge Plus centres during the week of October 2.

Funded by the council and Tower Hamlets Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), LinkAge Plus centres offer a range of activities to help people over the age of 50 achieve a better quality of life, improve their physical and mental well-being and reduce social isolation.

In 2015, there were an estimated 16,700 people aged 65 or over living in Tower Hamlets. It is expected that this number will increase to 26,700 by 2030.

The council recently worked with residents, age 50+ and health partners to set out priorities for improving the health and wellbeing, as part of the council’s Ageing Well Strategy.

Mayor John Biggs said:  “We want to ensure that Tower Hamlets is a borough where growing older is about retaining independence and dignity. Our priorities, as set out in our Ageing Well Strategy, demonstrate how we will work with partner organisations to improve the health and well being of those aged 50 and over.”

International Day of Older Persons activities will take place from 10.30am-3pm at:

Councillor Denise Jones, Cabinet member for Health and Adults Services said:  “The theme of the 2017 International Day of Older Persons is about enabling and expanding the contributions of older people in their families, communities and societies at large. We are delighted to be hosting a range of events and activities throughout the week, to highlight and celebrate the contribution of older residents to our community.” 

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