Seniors all set to celebrate awards
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.’’