Shire gets set to celebrate ageing

A SERIES of events has been organised to celebrate the ageing process, in the lead-up to ‘Older People’s Day’, which takes place on October 1.

The events, which have been designed to bring the generations together, have been organised by Aberdeenshire Council. They mirror events taking place nationwide for the day, which is supported by the United Nations.

Activities involving school children, artists and musicians will take place at day care homes, sheltered housing and community centres. Some of the highlights include an inter-generational concert in Ellon, a singing group in Port Elphinstone, a historical talk on Fraserburgh Lifeboats and a ‘Ready, Steady, Cook!’ style event in Aboyne.

Chair of the Aberdeenshire Community Planning Partnership and Leader of the council Anne Robertson, said she was “delighted” that partners and communities had been coming together to organise the events.

“Older People’s Day allows us to celebrate ageing and the national theme around being more active is something the council and its partners are committed to encouraging every day so that people can enjoy longer, healthier, happier lives”, she said.

“Tackling the challenges brought about by a growing and aging population is one of Aberdeenshire Council’s three strategic pillars and together we can address the future challenges that demographic change will bring.

“Older People’s Day allows us to celebrate ageing and the national theme around being more active is something the council and its partners are committed to encouraging every day so that people can enjoy longer, healthier, happier lives.”

According to official statistics, Aberdeenshire is expected to have the highest proportion of older people in Scotland by 2020 and the number of people aged over 85 years is expected to rise by 75%.

A full programme of events can be viewed online at www.ouraberdeenshire.org.uk/olderpeople