Hillingdon celebrates older people
Tuesday 1 October: Hillingdon Council held a successful free event for older residents on Tuesday 24 September ahead of the International Day of Older Persons today.
Hillingdon Council held a successful free event for older residents on Tuesday 24 September ahead of the International Day of Older Persons on Tuesday 1 October.
The UN international day recognises and celebrates older people and their contributions to the community.
More than 1,000 people visited the council's event, which was opened by the Mayor of Hillingdon, Councillor David Yarrow, at the Market Square, Pavilions Shopping Centre in Uxbridge.
Residents took part in a range of activities, including seated exercise, dementia-friendly entertainment and yoga. They were also treated to live entertainment from local musical group Bus Pass to Broadway, the Sunshine Choir and Nik the Singer.
A variety of organisations, including Age UK Hillingdon, Alzheimer's Society, Brunel University, Hillingdon Libraries, the Metropolitan Police, Parkinson's UK and Driving Miss Daisy were on hand to provide information and advice on a range of services relating to finance, care, leisure and adult education. Residents were also given tips on remaining independent and staying safe.
Cllr Philip Corthorne, Hillingdon Council's Cabinet Member for Social Services, Housing, Health and Wellbeing, said: "It was wonderful that so many enjoyed the Day of the Older Person, which was an opportunity for all of us to recognise and appreciate the contributions that older people make to our society.
"The day was also important to raise awareness of the issues that may affect their lives and I would like to thank the numerous organisations that provided valuable advice and information."
Sue Duke from Hayes, who visited the event for the first time, said: "I loved the variety of singing, dancing and exercise and learned lots from visiting the information stalls."
Rashmi Rangari from Hillingdon had a lot of fun during the seated exercise activities. She said: "The instructors had a great rapport, were very engaging and involved everyone. I particularly liked the yoga. I suffer from sciatica so the stretches really helped."
For more information about services and activities for older residents, visit www.hillingdon.gov.uk/over65s.