Celebration of older people’s contribution

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Monday (October 1) marks International Older People’s Day and for the second year running Aberdeenshire Council is supporting celebrations around the contributions older people make in the community.

This year’s theme is “Come Along…Join In”.

Chair of the Social Work and Housing Committee Councillor Karen Clark has welcomed the diverse range of events on offer across the Shire and said: “This week is all about reaching out to older people in our communities, encouraging them to be social and extending a welcome to those who feel less confident or unable to get out and about.“

Activities will take place at a number of venues including day care homes, sheltered housing and community centres and will involve local school children, artists and musicians. A full programme of events can be viewed at: www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/care/help/living/what_services/older_peoples_week.asp.

There will be a small display of images from the Snap Crackle and Pop project at Inverurie Library between Tuesday, October 2 and Sunday, October 14. Artist Liz Alderdice who worked on the project will be in the library on Friday (October 5) to talk informally with the public and show her work.

‘Snap Crackle Pop’ which was led by Aberdeenshire Council Arts Development in partnership with Alzheimer Scotland, was a successful approach in combating early stage dementia.

The project which involved high quality participatory arts sessions which was piloted at dementia cafes in Westhill and Ellon, and at Gordon Dementia Services in Inverurie.

Aberdeenshire Council Arts Development Team are also supporting Gordon Forum for the Arts’ “Value of Age” Festival began with a photographic competition and which has a number of events going on currently. The festival will go on until Friday, October 19. For more information please visit the Gordon Forum for the Arts website at www.gordonforum.co.uk/value-of-age/index.aspx.