Each year on 1 October, Greater Manchester joins people across the world to mark UN International Day of Older Persons (IDOP), which helps us to support older people and raise awareness about the challenges ageing populations face.
This year, we are celebrating the importance of neighbourhoods for ageing well. Research has found that individuals aged 75 and over spend at least 80 per cent of their time in their home or the surrounding area. This is but one of the reasons why neighbourhoods are key to ageing well. The theme also encourages us to draw on energy around place-making, civic pride, and the contributions of older people in shaping their place. We have created a tagline and key messages around this theme, which you may choose to use to help shape your own messages.
Tagline: #KnowOurPlace – Celebrating the importance of neighbourhoods in ageing well.
Older people’s voices and contributions need to be valued so that neighbourhoods in Greater Manchester are good places for everyone to grow older.
We need to make sure our homes and communities are age-friendly as people aged 75 and over spend at least 80 per cent of their time in their home or the surrounding area. Our neighbourhoods are key to ageing well.
Our population is ageing rapidly, we all need to act to ensure places are accessible and welcoming to everyone we as age.
International Day of Older Persons will be used as a launch date for a wide range of content that highlights the importance of place and neighbourhood to ageing well. Regular content will then be shared across various social media accounts throughout the month of October and you can access the social media toolkit below.
In Greater Manchester, we are committed to listening to and valuing the voice of lived experience and this is best demonstrated by our commitment to the Ageing in Place Pathfinder (AIPP) - a programme establishing resident-led partnerships in nine neighbourhoods across our city-region. These partnerships are working together with local residents on co-produced action plans to improve the quality of life for residents as they grow older. The social media toolkit also includes short films from the Pathfinder neighbourhoods. The videos document older people in their neighbourhoods at places, groups or classes that support them in ageing well.
If you'd like to join the Age-friendly Movement or sign up for The Ageing Hub Digest please visit our contact page.
If you'd like to join the Greater Manchester Older People's Network contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 0161 834 9823 for more information.
Article Published: 18/09/2023 14:12 PM