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You’re the Boss prepares for Older People’s Day on 1 October 2013

Posted on 30/09/2013

It’s Older People’s Day in the UK on Tuesday 1 October, which coincides with the UN International Day of Older Persons. The day aims to celebrate the achievements and contributions that the older generation make to society, the economy and their communities.

It is also a day where older people are encouraged to try new things, with events around the country offering a chance to reminisce, take up a hobby and meet new people. You’re the Boss will be launching its own Creative Pursuits Month on the website throughout October, which is a series of informative articles on hobbies that older people can take up or continue to enjoy in later life. The first one will be published tomorrow on Older People’s Day, and focuses on the therapeutic effects of baking and cooking. We will be talking to 2012 The Great British Bake Off finalist Brendan Lynch about his work with older people and why baking is a skill that helps to keep the mind active, bring back good memories and bring families together.

There are loads of other great events going on around the country, so no matter where you’re based, there is sure to be something that you can get involved with.

The official website for the day (http://olderpeoplesday.co.uk) has a full list of registered events, organised by location, but we have listed some of our favourites here. Events are running throughout October, not just on the day itself, so don’t miss out!

Poole, Dorset

There are loads of events happening in Poole for the first two weeks in October. These include country walks, singing classes, exercise groups, story-time sessions and much more. Many of the events are regular or courses, so try them out for Older People’s Day and you might just find a new hobby. Check out the rest of the events in Poole.  

Brighton, East Sussex

Brighton and Hove City Council have given a grant to Impact Initiatives, a charity that manages projects across Sussex, to organise a series of events to mark Older People’s Day. Events include Active for Life, which is taking place in Preston Park, and will have a series of activities like Zumba, croquet and walking football. The day ends with the Brighton and Hove Older People’s Awards at The Grand Hotel in Brighton, which celebrates the achievements of older people in the city. See all of the day’s events.

Liverpool, Merseyside

The Museum of Liverpool is offering a free Memory Walk on 1 October in celebration of Older People’s Day. There is no need to book – just meet in the atrium of the museum at 2pm to take a trip back in time through Liverpool’s history. Find out more on the Museum’s website.

Scotland

There are hundreds of events available through Luminate Scotland, which is the country’s creative ageing festival. Luminate believes that creativity has no age limit and there are all kinds of opportunities to get creative with things like photography, storywriting and drama. See more at: www.luminatescotland.org

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