Written by Active Minds on Thursday the 1st of October 2015.
Did you know that, by 2035, 23% of the population will be 65 or over? But while the population is aging, people are also living longer, fuller, and more active lives and it’s this positive attitude to life that is being celebrated today by Older People’s Day.
Coinciding with the UN International Day of Older Persons, Older People’s Day was created to combat negative and stereotypical attitudes towards older people by encouraging communities to put on a range of activities and get-togethers for young and old alike. By bringing both younger and older people together in a variety of active, fun, and challenging events, the team behind Older People’s Day hope to promote healthy living, tackle loneliness, and encourage communities to value their older members by organising skill swap shops where older people can pass on their skills and expertise. It’s a special chance to celebrate everything that older people have achieved and to acknowledge and thank people for the contributions they’ve made – and continue to make – to society.
As well as skills sharing meets, you can put on cake sales, knitting groups, games nights, community walks, treasure hunts or anything else you feel would be a great way to bring people together.
If you’d like to get involved, you can check out the official Older People’s Day toolkit, Facebook page, and Twitter account to find out which events are happening in your community or to learn how you can put on one of your own. If you do take part, don’t forget to tweet us at @ActiveMindsUK using the hashtags #FullOfLife and #OlderPeoplesDay; we’d love to hear what you’re up to.