Ageing Disgracefully - Event for Older Persons

Ageing Disgracefully - Event for Older Persons

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Monday 1 October is “International Day of Older Persons”. It’s a day when we celebrate our elders, their contributions to our lives and to our communities, and is the perfect day to connect with any senior or elderly people in your life.

In South Taranaki this year, it will also be a time for our seniors to have some extra fun. Ageing Disgracefully is organised by the South Taranaki District Council and is not your everyday seniors event.

“Anyone coming to join us on 1 October won’t be playing scrabble or sitting back watching Coro” Mayor Ross Dunlop suggests. “Just because lots of us are reaching “older person” status doesn’t mean we aren’t active or interested in robotics or different ways to exercise,” he says.

The programme includes an opportunity to ride on an e-bike, to try out virtual reality goggles, use an e-reader, find out what bee-bots are, as well as participate in tai-chi, some movement and exercises with Sport Taranaki representatives – and fit in some hydroponics too.

“Lots of these things are common place to a younger generation, so this is an event for our older citizens to try something new and just “give things a go,” says Mayor Dunlop.

Across the world the number of seniors is expected to more than double to over 2 billion in 2050 and in around thirty years’ time it’s expected there will be more older people than children – the first time in our history. In New Zealand we will have 1.2 million New Zealanders aged over 65 years in just twenty years.

“We hope people will join us to have fun and to remind ourselves and others that once we’re over the hill we just pick up speed.”

The Ageing Disgracefully event runs from 11 am - 2 pm in the Normanby Recreation Centre and includes lunch. To register contact the South Taranaki District Council, Community Development Unit on 0800 111 323 or email CDunit@stdc.govt.nz .