Oxford City Council is recognising UN Older People’s Day on 1 October with an event at the Town Hall organised by the Oxford 50+ Network and funded by the council.
The day of activities is based on the theme of ‘celebrate the use of leisure time’. Between 10am and 3pm a variety of activities have been organised, including fitness testing, creative craft, board games, puzzles and a guided Health Walk from the Town Hall.
Participants are also invited to join research projects at local hospitals, sign up for talks with the University of the Third Age and learn about a variety of groups that offer leisure activities throughout the year.
The Oxford 50+ Network is also able to provide transport if needed, to book call 01865 767618.
The 2011 census data showed Oxford’s over-50s population was over 35,000 people with 16,700 over retirement age. The City Council provides a range of activities for over-50s, from health walks to dancing. Research shows that staying physically and socially active in older age is known to be important for physical and mental health.
“It’s important that we value and support older people in our communities, and that’s what this day is about. I’d encourage anyone who is interested to come to the event at the Town Hall and celebrate the older members of our community. There is a range of excellent activities planned with something for everyone.”
Councillor Pat Kennedy, Older People’s Champion for Oxford City Council
“Our organisation is run by older people for older people. We aim to keep people informed and involved in local events and issues. UN Older People’s Day is a great occasion to remind everyone that support for older people is as much about having fun as providing care. This day of activities is a chance to discover new hobbies and make new connections, I hope we’ll see plenty of people coming along to the event – whether they’re older people or interested in supporting older people.”
Margaret Simpson of Oxford 50+ Network