Se­niors all set to cel­e­brate awards

The Tribune (NZ) - - OUT & ABOUT - RICHARD MAYS

A day to high­light the value of all older peo­ple and to pro­mote dig­nity and re­spect.for Palmer­ston North’s elder cit­i­zens takes place on Fri­day.

Sun­day Oc­to­ber 1 was In­ter­na­tional Day of the Older Per­son, but pres­i­dent of Palmer­ston North Senior Cit­i­zens, Jan Cook said the day, known col­lo­qui­ally as ‘‘Idop’’, will be marked lo­cally at the Main St clu­b­rooms on Fri­day so rest home res­i­dents can at­tend.

Cook said the lo­cal day is a com­bined cel­e­bra­tion by Senior Cit­i­zens, Grey Power and Age Friendly Palmer­ston North.

‘‘We’ll have an old-fash­ioned dance, en­ter­tain­ment, re­fresh­ments and the Older Per­son of the Year awards.’’

Event or­gan­iser Robyn Baker of Age Con­cern Manawatu¯ said every year the cel­e­bra­tions get bet­ter and bet­ter with greater num­bers in at­ten­dance.

How­ever, is­sues af­fect­ing older peo­ple such as so­cial iso­la­tion and lone­li­ness, ac­ces­si­bil­ity, mo­bil­ity, men­tal health, as well as in­creas­ing num­bers of elder abuse cases, and sui­cides con­tinue un­abated.

Baker said the keys to a bet­ter qual­ity of life for older peo­ple were pre­ven­tion, in­ter­ven­tion and so­cial con­nec­tion.

‘‘Iso­la­tion and lone­li­ness are un­for­tu­nately not un­com­mon - even in rest homes. It can be lonely in a crowd,’’ Baker said.

‘‘This chap­ter of life is just as im­por­tant as any other chap­ter.’’

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