National Older People’s day was founded to celebrate the achievements and contributions of older people to society, as well as to ensure that we’re doing our best to give something back to older people. As the older population increases in the UK it’s important to recognise the importance of supporting older people to live happy and healthy lives. Here are a few ways that you can celebrate Older People’s day and give back to older people in your live or within your community.
No.1 Volunteer as a befriender
We all know what it’s like to feel lonely, but did you know that nearly half of all people aged 75 and over live alone? Volunteering as a befriender means either visiting someone in their home, or giving them a call to offer companionship and regular conversation. By taking part in one of the UK’s befriending programmes you’ll be giving back to your community as well as supporting a great cause.
No.2 Fundraise for a great cause
No.3 Take part in dementia research
No.4 Visit your older relatives
It can often be difficult to find the time to visit older relatives between work and your own family, but regular visits and maintained relationships can mean the world to older relatives. If you’re part of a large family try to organise regular meals out or get togethers to help the whole family maintain relationships.
No.5 Spread the word
Spread the word on social media by using the hashtag #olderpeoplesday. You could share how you are celebrating the day or an inspiring story about an older relative.
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