We have a full week of events  

The International Day of Older Persons was conceived by the UN to raise awareness of issues relating to older people. It takes place on Tuesday 1st October and invites us to recognise the importance of older people to society as a whole. We have events in Swansea, Vale of Glamorgan, Sheffield, Hereford, York and Peterborough. Find out more below and read our fascinating 'Think Differently About Ageing' blog. 

BETTER TOGETHER

Our groups focus on bringing people together to socialise and form new friendships. Activities will be based around the likes and interests of group members. We find out what people want from their local community and do our best to make it happen. 

SWANSEA

Tuesday 1st October 2.00pm to 4.00pm - Better Together Side Room, Upper Killay Recreational Hall, Gower Rd, Upper Killay, Swansea SA2 7HQ

Thursday 3rd October 10.30am to 12.30pm - Better Together Activities Room, West Cross Community Centre, Linden Ave, West Cross, Swansea SA3 5LE

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BALANCED LIVES 

Our Balanced Lives programmes are all about physical, mental and social wellbeing. They are a celebration of later life and give older people the tools to stay active and turn their lives around. 

SWANSEA

Wednesday 2nd October 2.00pm to 4.00pm - Balanced Lives Parish Hall, rear of Holy Cross Church, Fairwood Road, West Cross, Swansea. SA3 5JP

Thursday 3rd October 1.00pm - 3.00pm - Balanced Lives Clydach Community Hall, Varde Road, Clydach, Swansea. SA6 5LP

Thursday 3rd October 2.00pm - 4.00pm - Balanced Lives Community Room, Hazel Court, Sketty Park, Swansea SA2 8BP

VALE OF GLAMORGAN

Thursday 3rd October 9.30am to 11.30am Balanced Lives Golau Caredig, Broad Street, Barry. 

Thursday 3rd October 11am to 1pm Balanced Lives The Gathering Place, St Athan, Vale Of Glamorgan

SHEFFIELD

Tuesday 1st October Balanced Lives Prior Bank Care Home, Cherry Tree Road, Sheffield. S11 9AB

HEREFORD

Thursday 3rd October 2pm to 4pm - Balanced Lives Belmont Community Centre, 20 Eastholme Avenue, Hereford 

YORK

Friday 4th October 10am to 12noon - Balanced Lives Foxwood Community Centre, Acomb, York

Friday 4th October 12.30pm to 2pm - Balanced Lives St Luke's Church Hall & Community Centre, Clifton, York

PETERBOROUGH

Friday 4th October 11am to 1pm - Balanced Lives Werrington Lodge Care Home, Baron Court, Werrington Meadows, Peterborough. PE4 7ZF

@OlderPeoplesDay #OlderPeoplesDay 

READ OUR BLOG: 

#ThinkDifferentlyAboutAgeing on International Day of Older Persons 

Action for Elders’ Development Director, Anne Faulkner, and Reframing Advisor, Vicky Lane, reflect on why we need to think differently about ageing

Later life brings benefits of wisdom, experience; more time to focus on hobbies, interests, and relationships. So why don’t more people in the UK see it this way?

Through our work with older people, Action for Elders has found that as we get older, we build momentum, with the force of built-up experience and wisdom pushing us forward. Experience adds insight, energy and possibility, the ability to contribute to our society’s vitality. With more people living longer, this force could power up our society to move ahead in new ways. 

Right now, we’re losing out on this incredible dynamism. Although we all age, people on average are living longer and healthier lives, but our society hasn’t yet figured out how to make the most of this change. Our current employment practices, public transportation systems, and housing policies are not well-suited to today’s reality - in fact, they make it hard for us to stay involved and contribute when we get older. 

Thinking about older age in this way goes against popular narratives. But our perspective is informed by the hundreds of people who participate in our Balanced Lives group every week, taking part in Tai Chi and social activities. We’re fortunate to work with hundreds of active, interesting individuals who are contributing to society in a variety of ways: volunteering, looking after grandchildren and continuing to learn and develop. These people are largely invisible within mainstream media.

There are many things we can do to harness the energy of older people’s ability to contribute to their communities. Action for Elders is part of a growing movement of organisations and campaigners who are shining a light on the positive aspects of ageing.

We can start by challenging the prevailing narrative, using language and images that affirm the strengths and opportunities that come with ageing. There are some fantastic campaigners already working to address this, such as Joyce Williams, Maggie Piggott, and Ashton Applewhite. Action for Elders is pleased to be working with Joyce, along with Vic Stirling from Age Better in Sheffield, as part of a small working group, the #AgeProud collective, to help seed a social movement, aiming to reframe the narrative around ageing and make societal changes so that everyone can benefit from the strengths and assets of older people. Already #AgeProud - spearheaded by Joyce and people like Maggie Piggott - is becoming a growing force on Twitter with hundreds of mentions in the past six months alone.

Thanks to support from the People’s Postcode Trust, we’ve been able to invest time in working with some of our Balanced Lives group members to uncover how they really feel about ageing. While there are undoubtedly challenges for some - such as low income, poor health and reduced mobility - most describe their later years as their best years.

In July, members of our York Balanced Lives group met with Rachael Maskell MP (pictured left), Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Ageing and Older People, to discuss their views on ageing. Key points included:

  • “We will all get older. Let’s not discriminate against our future selves.”
  • “We want to be visible: take notice of our stories and our lives”
  • “We’re still contributing to society, our communities, our families”

On International Older Person’s Day, we invite you to think differently about ageing and join us in becoming #AgeProud! Help us showcase the unexpected surprises and opportunities which come with ageing on Twitter using the #AgeProud hashtag, so that we can help reframe the narrative towards one which better reflects reality.

If you’re an older person living in one of our programme areas, or know someone who could benefit, why not join one of our Balanced Lives groups? You could be part of a growing community supporting one another to stay active and build new friendships? We offer free programmes in Swansea, Vale of Glamorgan, Hereford, York, Sheffield and Peterborough.