Feast of fun activities marks older people’s day in Leeds

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DANCE, Tai Chi and sports are just some of the activities taking place across the city to celebrate the contribution of older people to life in Leeds.

Today marks International Older People’s Day, and this year’s events in Leeds, which are supported by the Council, are themed around health and well being.

Events taking place today include free fitness advice and a healthy lunch at Crossgates Working Men’s Club, a mental health awareness day at Guru Nanak Temple Hall, a celebration of dance from around the world at Moor Allerton Elderly Care, and a tea party at St Augustine’s Court in Harehills.

A host of other events are taking place at community groups, Neighbourhood Networks and charities over the next week, all celebrating over 65s.

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Coun Lisa Mulherin, Leeds Council’s executive member for health, wellbeing and adults, said: “International Day of Older People is a great opportunity to highlight some of the exceptional and life-changing work being done each and every day in communities across Leeds and the people who make that possible.

“Much of their work goes on behind the scenes so it’s important that we recognise the time, effort and care that goes into the many services, groups and organisations that are a genuine lifeline to thousands of local older people.

“The day also gives us the chance to show what a valuable contribution our older residents are making to the city and some of the great things they have accomplished over the last year. I’d encourage everyone to get involved on social media and let us know what they’re doing to mark the occasion.”

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