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Day of activities to combat loneliness

Older Peoples Day 2017

A free day of activities is being put on for older people in Brierley Hill later this month.

It is being held at the town’s Methodist church in Bank Street on September 28 from 10.30am to 2.30pm. It coincides with Older Peoples Day 2017, an international celebration on October 1 every year.

The day has been organised by charity Age UK Dudley and Age Alliance, which is made up of several partner organisations including Dudley Council, Healthwatch Dudley and Dudley Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG).

There will be a range of activities during the day including a reminiscence session, craft and relaxation classes and seated exercise. People can come along for all or part of the day.

Councillor Nicolas Barlow, cabinet member for adult social care, said:

“Older people are especially vulnerable to loneliness and isolation, and it can lead to depression and have a serious effect on health.

“According to Age UK, more than two million people in England over the age of 75 live alone. More than a million older people say they go over a month without speaking to a neighbour, friend or family member.

“We welcome this event as an effort to combat loneliness and isolation, and would urge older people to come along for all or part of the day.”

The event, which also includes refreshments and a free buffet lunch, is aimed at individual older people and representatives of organisations across all sectors which work with or for older people in Dudley.

Information from various organisations will be available on marketplace stalls. Booking is essential. To book a place, or book lunch, call Fynelle Wishart at Age UK, Dudley on (01384) 354508 or email receptionhq@ageukdudley.org.uk

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