News and information – Seniors’ Week continues for the golden age
Hosted by Wellington City Council, the week kicks off on Friday October 1 with a wide variety of events and activities, all designed to help build social connections, engage the older community and encourage the trial of new things.
This year’s theme is “Across Generations,” which focuses on how to connect people of all generations and from all walks of life in the capital, said Mayor Andy Foster.
“Our community of seniors has a rich treasure trove of life experiences which are extremely important and represent an important contribution to the identity, culture and diversity of our city.
“This week is a great opportunity to share their stories, learn something, teach something, connect and reconnect with people from all walks of life.
“Our community of seniors has every right to be proud as we are of them for their immense contribution to making Wellington the great city that it is,” said Mayor Foster.
Stephen Opie, CEO of Age Concern Wellington, said the start date for Older Persons’ Week is important because October 1 is International Day of Older Persons.
“This is a good time to reflect on the incredible contribution older people make to the community, whether through working, volunteering, supporting family, giving advice, caring for neighbors and doing good. other ways.
“The Wellington area’s senior population is expected to more than double over the next 20 years, this contribution will be even greater for our city in the years to come. ”
This year’s events include a tour of the Miramar Prison Garden, social theater classes, line dancing for beginners, and a Stroke Foundation van – which includes free blood pressure testing to reduce the risk. to have a stroke later in life.
“Each year we see a greater variety of events and activities, all of which are organized by the large community groups around Pōneke,” says the Council’s community and neighborhood counselor, Vondy Thornton.
“We are very fortunate to be able to move forward with the current COVID-19 restrictions. All of our community groups have adapted very well, but we encourage everyone attending the events to follow the safety guidelines and to contact the organizer before the event to find out about any restrictions. “
To find out about the events taking place during Seniors’ Week, see the program (PDF 7.2 MB) go to wellington.govt.nz/seniorsweek or email [email protected].