Over 50s in Harrogate were invited to celebrate the positive role they play in a series of events organised across Harrogate to mark Older People’s Day at the beginning of October.
Local charity, the Harrogate Easier Living Project (HELP), joined forces with charity Supporting Older People (SOP) and the Harrogate and District Over 50s Forum to challenge stereotypes about ageing by holding a display on Active Ageing in Harrogate Library. Local people contributed their pictures demonstrating how they are enjoying life in their later years, as well as posting their stories and thoughts on the positive aspects of ageing.
Members of the public were also able to find out what activities and events are available locally for people who want to remain active and socially engaged at an ‘Ageing Well’ event held at St Pauls’ Church in Harrogate. Visitors were able to find out about opportunities for self-development, volunteering, leisure and physical activities from displays by local organisations, including the Harrogate Volunteer Centre, Library and Museum Services and Adult Learning and Skills Services. Attendees were also invited to take part in chair-based exercises put on by Extend, in conjunction with Fit4Fun.
Figures released by the local Office of National Statistics last week reveal the growing numbers of over 65s in the UK.
There are now over 11 million over 65s in this country and, on average, women can expect to live to 85.8 years, with men’s life expectancy coming in at 83.3 years.
Christine Boxall, event organiser from the Harrogate Easier Living Project, said: These latest figures demonstrate that there is a lot to life in later years. You only need to look at the number of over 50s who volunteer, care for others, look after grandchildren, work and generally get involved in local communities to see the incredible contribution they make to everyone’s lives. Our events were held to highlight this positive role and to explore the possibilities there are to remain active in later years locally.
Anyone interested in finding out more about what’s available locally for over 50s, or wishing to volunteer, can contact Christine Boxall at the Harrogate Easier Living Project on 01423 813094 or firstname.lastname@example.org