Residents wanting to find out more about the help and support available for older people in the East Riding, including advice on preventing falls, are reminded about an information event taking place in Beverley this week.
East Riding of Yorkshire Council’s public health team have joined forces with several health providers, charities and community groups including the NHS, Age UK and Alzheimer’s Society to hold the event in Beverley’s Wednesday Market on Friday 30 September.
The aim of the event, which will be run from the Public Health vehicle, is to raise awareness of the needs of older people across the East Riding and the challenges an ageing population faces ahead of Older People’s Day which takes place on 1 October.
It will also provide information on the support which is available to help older people live independently, including advice on how to prevent falls, and what to do if someone has a fall.
Alex Seale, director of commissioning and transformation, NHS East Riding of Yorkshire CCG, said: “In the East Riding of Yorkshire we have an above average elderly population, this naturally leads to a greater number of people diagnosed with end of life conditions and dementia.
“The Older People’s event provides an ideal opportunity for the public to pop along and find out what health care and support is available for people with end of life conditions, dementia and other conditions related with later life.”
The event will be part of a number of events taking place locally as part of Older People’s Day.
Older People’s Day is a national campaign, which takes place on 1 October annually, to coincide with the United Nations International Day of Older Persons.
Under the banner ‘Full of Life’ the campaign aims to celebrate the achievements and contributions that older people make to society and the economy, while tackling outdated stereotypes and the negative attitudes that can be associated with older people.
Councillor Jonathan Owen, chairman of the East Riding Health and Wellbeing Board, said:
“The East Riding is home for a rapidly growing older population and Older People’s Day is a real opportunity to tackle stereotypes about ageing, celebrate the achievements and abilities of older residents, most of whom are living active and healthy lives, whilst raising awareness of the challenges that people face as they get older and how to counter them.
“This information event will provide the public with a wide range of invaluable information about the great work that is being done and the services which are available in the East Riding to support older people and help them to lead full and happy lives regardless of age.”
There are around 600 million people aged 60 and over in the world today, a number which is set to double by 2025.
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