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International Day for Older People

Published: 22/10/2014

A celebration event took place recently at Connah’s Quay Civic Hall to mark International Day for Older People. The event was attended by older people from across the county on 1 October and centred on celebrating and experiencing a range of actitivities that are available in Flintshire to promote ‘Five Ways to Wellbeing’. It was opened by Councillor Christine Jones, Older Peoples Champion and Cabinet Member for Social Services; Neil Ayling, Chief Officer Social Services, and Daisy Cole, Director of Well-being and Empowerment from the Older Peoples Commissioner in Wales Office. Lord and Lady Jones attended along with Hilary Jones from Public Health Wales who gave a presentation on Five Ways to Wellbeing. Activities on the day included Tai Chi, basic first aid skills, iPads for beginners plus advanced sessions, walking sessions, knitting and felting workshops, mood food sessions and an art workshop with local artist Stuart Steen. Information stands promoted services from organisations responsible for keeping older people safe, providing support and information about a range of issues and to maintain their independence and well being. Councillor Christine Jones said: This event was a great way to mark International Day for Older People in Flintshire. The focus on wellbeing prompted some fantastic activities. “It was lovely to see so many people taking part in the celebration and Im sure many new friendships were made on the day. Thanks to everyone who organised the event and who made it such a successful day - it was excellent. This special day is recognised by the World Health Organisation and the United Nations as an opportunity every year to remind people of the many contributions, skills and achievements of older people. It is funded by the Older Peoples Strategy in Flintshire. Photo caption 1: L-R Neil Ayling, Flintshire County Councils Chief Officer Social Services, Lord Barry Jones, Cllr Christine Jones Flintshire County Councils Cabinet Member for Social Services, Cllr Paul Shotton and Cllr Pamela Attridge, Connahs Quay Town Council. Photo caption 2: Older people taking part in an iPad skills workshop.