Age-friendly Convention kick-starts Positive Ageing Month
Belfast City Hall opened its doors to hundreds of senior citizens’ today (Tuesday 1 October) for the 2019 Age-friendly Belfast Convention, which kick-starts a month-long programme of events as part of Positive Ageing Month.
Throughout October, Positive Ageing Month will celebrate the contribution Belfast’s older citizens make to the city and their local communities. With over 200 events, classes, workshops and activities taking place in venues across the city, there is something for everyone to enjoy.
The annual Age-friendly Convention, taking place on International Day of Older Persons (celebrated on 1 October each year), marks the beginning of the programme and is a great way for those aged 60 and over to find out what the programme has to offer and try some of the activities first hand.
Lord Mayor of Belfast, Councillor John Finucane joined in the fun with some indoor bowls practice. Belfast’s first citizen officially welcomed everyone to City Hall and looked ahead to an exciting month of activity. He said: “This year’s Positive Ageing Month programme is absolutely fantastic. There is such a diverse range of events and activities on offer, with something for everyone to enjoy.
“We often hear of older people dealing with issues around loneliness and social isolation. Programmes such as Positive Ageing Month provide our older citizens with an entertaining and helpful escape to enjoy with family and friends.
“Today’s Age-friendly Belfast convention is a small taste of what people can expect and I would encourage all of our older citizens to pick up a booklet and get involved in what promises to be a fun-filled month of activity.”
Some highlights of the programme include the hugely popular Slipped Disco, Silver Sunday and Friars Bush walks, a big quiz and a men’s health day at Girdwood Hub.
To find out more and download a view our Positive Ageing Month booklet, please visit our website at www.belfastcity.gov.uk/positiveageingmonth