Local groups celebrate International Day of Older Persons 2022 throughout October

International Day of Older People (IDOP) is an annual celebration day observed on October 1st and local groups in Calderdale will mark the day this year with a special event or party.

As the voice of older people in Calderdale, we are actively supporting IDOP and are represented on Calderdale Council’s Age Friendly Calderdale initiative.

The following groups will be running special IDOP events during October.

6th October: Young at heart Group at the Shay Stadium
A ‘Back in the day’ event to engage older people with “back in the day” table top games with “music of the day” from the 40s, 50s and 60s took place on Thursday, 6th October from 2pm until 4pm at the Shay stadium.  Young at Heart meet every week on Thursday afternoons at The Shay.

16th October: Memory Lane Cafe
A celebration of the work and dedication of senior (unpaid) carers who are looking after relatives with dementia. There are around 1700 such carers (65 and over) in Calderdale.

Sunday 16th October from 1pm to 4pm at The Maurice Jagger Centre, Halifax. To book contact June on 01422 706373 or 07920 549131.

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18th October: Daisy Chain Cafe
A party for people with dementia and their carers as well as new visitors with refreshments, music, entertainment and games.

Tuesday 18th October from 12pm to 4pm at St Columba`s Church hall, Pellon.

19th October: Southowram Over 50s Activities (SOFA)
A celebration coffee morning at Southowram community centre to showcase SOFA activities and give an opportunity for people to participate in some of their current activities such as New Age Kurling, art and Tai Chi.

Wednesday, 19 October, from 10 am until 12 noon at Southowram Community Centre, off Law Lane, Southowram.  Open to anyone in the 50 plus age group within the community, their friends, family and carers.  No booking required.  For more info please contact Elizabeth Brook on 01422 342470.

24th October: Past Times at the Archway Project
A Halloween themed party for regulars and new visitors to the Past Times project for people who feel isolated and lonely. The afternoon will feature live music from local performers, a themed quiz, bingo and raffle; as well as a hot lunch and refreshments throughout.

Thursday 24th October at the Arden Road Social Club in Halifax from 12.30 to 3.30pm.

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26th October: Todmorden Volunteers afternoon tea
A thank you celebration for the many older women in the town who contribute so much towards making Todmorden a happier place to live. Age Concern volunteers will be joined by other groups such as Tod in Bloom.
Wednesday 26th October, 1-3pm Central Methodist, Todmorden.

1st November: Tea Dance at the Kings Centre with Calderdale Carer’s Wellbeing Service
A tea dance afternoon at the Kings Centre, Halifax for registered carers, their cared for person, new members and professionals with a professional entertainer to provide singing and dance demonstrations. Anyone aged over 50 is welcome to attend.
Tuesday 1st November 1.30-3.30pm at the kings centre in Halifax.  To book or find out more ring Louise on 01422 369101.

6th November: Annapura Indian Dance
A lively dance and music demonstration called AUTUMN OIL LAMPS. It narrates a tale of wisdom drawn from epics and folklore tradition with tea and refreshments coinciding with the Diwali festival of lights.

Sunday 6th November from 1.30 to 3.30pm at the Crossley Gallery at Dean Clough and available afterwards on YouTube. To book your ticket visit http://www.deanclough.com/events/annapurna

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About IDOP

The day was created by the United Nations (UN) to respond to the opportunities and challenges of population ageing in the 21st century and to promote the development of a society for all ages.  Over the next three decades, the number of older persons worldwide is projected to more than double and in Calderdale there are now more than 40,000 people aged over 65. This is forecast to grow by 27% or more than 14,500 by the year 2040.

Our Council has signed up to the Healthy Ageing Consensus Statement and has became a member of UK Age Friendly Communities Network run through the Centre for Ageing Better. A grant has been set aside to help local community groups which focus on older people come together to help celebrate this important day with an event or special activity during the month of October.

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