International Day for Older People
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
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.