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Taking time to celebrate Older People

Wednesday, 25 September 2013

From tea and company and reminiscence groups to sessions on using the internet and tablets, events are being held at Libraries across Hampshire to celebrate this year's International Day of Older People. The theme of 'get connected' is also taken up by many of the County Council's voluntary sector partners who provide computer classes in the community.

Older People's Day on the 1 October celebrates the huge contribution that older people make to our society.

With the current over 75 population of 116,400 in Hampshire expected to increase by 13% by 2017 and by over 80% by 2030 it is important that older people are helped to live full lives. Hampshire County Council provides a number of services that focus on the health and wellbeing of older people, helping them to remain living independently at home with a positive quality of life.

The events being run in libraries on October 1 to mark this year's International Day of Older People are focusing on helping older people to learn new skills and to tackle social isolation some older people feel.

Many of the sessions are IT related. In the UK there are 7.1 million people who have never used the internet with people aged 75 and over making up 43% of this group. Linking people over 65 years to the internet and giving them core I.T skills can help address the issue of social isolation and loneliness.

Anyone interested in attending one of the events or finding out where their nearest community computer class is running should phone Carers Together on 01794 519495 or visit the Older Persons day events listings.

Councillor Anna McNair Scott, Executive Member for Adult Social Care, said: "We should take time to celebrate the contribution older people have made and continue to make to society.

"Many older residents continue to help support the economy by working for longer or providing care and support for their grandchildren enabling parents to work. There are a wide range of older volunteers helping in their community perhaps by driving community transport or running groups sharing their experience and knowledge and providing vital social interaction.

"We need to support older residents to stay active and learn new skills to help improve their wellbeing, meaning they can continue to live lives full of vitality for as long as possible."

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