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Power to the (older) People!
Monday 28th September, 2009

Generation gap…what generation gap?

Growing old may be a fact of life but as a special celebration day is about to prove, it doesn’t have to change your life.

So when Wigan Council and Wigan Leisure and Culture Trust were planning a day to celebrate older people it was obvious what activities they should put on…video games, mystical chop-sockey moves and dance workshops!

Thursday October 1 is the International Day of Older Persons – which basically means shouting up about the fantastic contribution the more mature members of society make.

The event, which is organised by the United Nations, promotes a positive view of later life and is an opportunity for young and old to come get together and share the many things they have in common.

Wigan’s getting on-board with the celebrations and is hosting two special events.
On Thursday October 8 WLCT’s Active Living Team and the council’s Older People’s Day Care section will be offering a fun-packed few hours for all at St Peter’s Pavillion in Hindley.

So what’s on offer? Well anyone turning up to the free event between 11am and 2pm can enjoy a Tai Chi taster session, a Wii board that will help test balance and co-ordination and a dance demonstration.

There’s plenty of other entertainment and also a serious side to the day as well because people can find out more about what services are available to them.

And there will be a chance to get help and advice on subject such as housing services, maintaining independence, the digital switchover and home safety.

But that’s not all.
On Tuesday October 13, Age Concern Wigan will be telling the world about its Starting Point Service, which is focussed on the message – ‘keep healthy, keep well’.

This event will take place at Wigan Town Hall between 10am and 3.30pm and again is a great opportunity to find out more about everything from safety in the home to flu jabs and even full body MOTs!

Wigan Council’s Cabinet Champion for Older People, Cllr Kevin Anderson says: “There are more than 600 million people aged 60 and over across the globe today and this figure is set to double in the next 20 years. So it’s fair to say that we’re all getting older.

“Older people are playing an increasingly important role in all aspects of society, from volunteer work to passing on their invaluable experience, knowledge and advice.

“These contributions can only be ensured if older people get the help and support they need in terms of health and well-being.

“The council and its partners provide this support for people who are experiencing changing times in their lives and we want as many people as possible to get involved in these events and find out more.”

- If you would like more information about the event at St Peter’s Pavillion in Hindley on Thursday October 8 please contact Katharine Kennedy on 01942 488485 or Hazel Denney on 01942 886802.

- For more information on the Age Concern Day at Wigan Town Hall on Tuesday October 13, call Kathy Cooper at Starting Point on 01942 826079.

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