Positive Ageing Month

Every year, Positive Ageing Month is celebrated in October, and it is a month-long campaign of events, activities and programmes that promote positive ageing as well as celebrating the contribution older people make to their communities. Ards and North Down is recognised as having an ageing population, meaning that the demographic profile will change significantly over the next 10-20 years.

It is for us all to consider how best to support the older people in our communities and also how to best celebrate their contribution to community life.   

Positive Ageing Roadshows in Ards and North Down

Age Friendly Ards and North Down, in partnership with Ards and North Down Policing and Community Safety Partnership (PCSP), Public Health Agency (PHA) and South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust, delivered two successful roadshow events in Kircubbin and Newtownards during October’s Positive Ageing Month.

More than 100 people attended the roadshows that were held in Kircubbin Community Centre on 4 October and Ards Blair Mayne Wellbeing and Leisure Complex on 20 October. They received key advice and information from local agencies in relation to community safety, falls prevention and social participation.

The events also gave attendees the opportunity to engage with almost 40 exhibitors that provide key support services in the Borough. In addition, attendees also had the opportunity to enjoy dancing from community dance practitioner, Anthea McWilliams, and took part in a singalong session with Edelle McMahon, who is one of the Alzheimer’s Society’s Singing for the Brain leaders. 

Many thanks to all the exhibitors and attendees for attending the two roadshows.

Some feedback from attendees:

"The exhibitors were excellent, very informative and helpful."

"I am very grateful for meeting all these lovely people and for being given so much useful information that is essential to have."

"The speakers were clear and down to the point, enjoyable too."

"It was a truly lovely event and not only I but also many people there, that I have spoken to, were very pleased with it."

"It got me out of the house and was able to find out information on a lot of things I didn’t know about."