Rachel O'Reilly (PHA) and Chancellor Karen Douglas (Mayor of Ards and North Down) at the launch of Positive Aging Promotions

Launching Positive Aging Promotions | Ards and North Down Borough Council. Ards and North Down Borough

Friday 23 September 2022

Age Friendly Ards and North Down, in partnership with Ards, North Down Policeing and Community Safety Partnership (PCSP) and Public Health Agency (PHA), will offer several promotional events for seniors across the region in October…

All events will bring together a range of organizations that will provide information on community safety, home safety, how people can prepare for winter and how they can stay active.

The events are held as part of the Month of Positive Aging, celebrated each year in October, which is a month-long campaign of events and activities that promote positive aging as well as celebrate the contribution of older people to their communities.

A comprehensive program has been developed in line with the PHA ‘Take 5 Steps’ Plan for Maintaining Mental Wellbeing, which encourages seniors to take 5 steps to wellbeing: Be Active, Give, Connect, Keep Learning and Take Note. These five steps included in our daily lives can help maintain and improve our health and emotional well-being.

Mayor of Ards and North Down, Chancellor Karen Douglas, said:

“As we all know, older adults face challenges related to mental health, loneliness and isolation due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic as well as the impact of the cost of living that will undoubtedly worsen over the coming months.

“These events will give people the opportunity to get free practical advice and information about social and recreational activities, financial support, and assistance available, and how they can stay safely inside their homes and within their local communities.”

PCSP Chair, Chancellor Lauren Kendall said:

The Ards and North Down Police and Community Safety (PCSP) partnership aims to make our neighborhoods safer. We do this by focusing on the police and community safety issues that matter most to our residents.

“For many older adults, crime and the fear of crime can be a major concern, so it is important to take steps to support and protect people at risk within our local community. Developing initiatives such as promotional events for positive aging can help reduce crime and the fear of crime from By educating and informing people on a range of crime prevention and safety issues such as scams, anti-social behavior and how people can keep themselves safe within themselves. Role.”

Rachel O’Reilly, PHA’s Chief Health and Social Welfare Improvement Officer, said:

“Enabling older adults to lead healthier and more fulfilling lives is critical to maintaining and improving their well-being. It can help reduce isolation, become more active and form important connections that are beneficial to mental health.”

“Supporting the Ards and North Down Age Friendly initiative and these promotional events will provide seniors across the Ards and North Down with valuable information, support, and activities to help address their issues and reduce the potential impact of health inequality.”

Positive Aging Promotions will take place at:

– Wednesday October 5, 2022, 11 AM – 2 PM, Queens Hole, Newtownards
– Friday October 14, 2022, 11 AM – 2 PM, Bangor Elim Church
– Wednesday, October 19, 2022, 11 am – 2 pm, Comber Leisure Center
– Friday, October 28, 2022, 11am-2pm, Kerkopen Community Center

Attendees must register at least one week prior to the event of their choice and are encouraged to attend in person or with a friend. Everyone is welcome.

To register, email your contact details (and those of your friend, if applicable) to agefri Friendly@ardsandnorthdown.gov.uk. Please also advise if special assistance is required or if you have any dietary requirements. Or call 0300133333 (ext. 40336) or 07741 103277 (Mon-Fri, 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. only).

For more information about October for Positive Aging, visit Positive Aging Month.

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