Helping people stay active in later life

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Older people will be entertained by a singer and given lots of helpful information at an event which celebrates their contribution to society.

The UK and International Older People’s Day event at Kelham Hall on Thursday, 6th October, from 1.30 to 5pm, will mark the UN International Day for Older People. The Department for Work and Pensions uses UK Older People’s Day to tackle outdated stereotypes around ageing by bringing people of all ages together and promoting ways for older people to stay active and, hopefully, live a longer, more fulfilling life.

The Kelham Hall event, which is completely free, is among hundreds being held across the country and is open to older people across the district. Places are limited at the event so those who wish to attend are advised to contact Newark and Sherwood District Council, the event organisers, as soon as possible to reserve a place.

The theme for Older People’s Day 2011 is getting and staying active in later life. The purpose of this theme is to encourage people to be active and to raise awareness of the benefits that physical, social and mental activity brings. Preparing well for, and enjoying, a positive later life benefits each of us individually and society as a whole.

Those who attend will be entertained by singer Jeremy Hillyard with his show concentrating on music from the first half of the 20th century. Jeremy, who has performed with many top acts including Gloria Gaynor and Suzi Quatro, will be regaling the crowd with performances of songs by favourites including Frank Sinatra, Daniel O’Donnell, Jim Reeves, Engelbert Humperdinck and Matt Monro. Jeremy Hillyard will perform two sets, giving attendees a chance to tour the information stands on crime prevention advice, Trading Standards etc, as well as having afternoon tea.

The Department for Work and Pensions’ ‘Full of Life’ campaign is a celebration of the opportunities, achievements and aspirations of older people and their contribution to our society and economy. The leader of Newark and Sherwood District Council, Councillor Tony Roberts, said: “The UK Older People’s Day events at Kelham Hall continue to prove most popular with those who attend so I’d encourage anyone who hasn’t been before to come along and join in the fun.

“We live in an ageing society. People of retirement age make up nearly one fifth of the population of our district so it is only right we celebrate the contributions older people make to our lives and help them in any way we can to enjoy their lives to the full.”

For more information and to book your place at the event, contact Jill Cockayne at Newark and Sherwood District Council’s Energy Agency on 01636 655418 or email jill.cockayne@nsdc.info