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Stafford residents celebrate first ‘Older People’s Day’
OLDER people in Stafford came together for a celebration of age and achievement to help mark the first annual ‘Older People’s Day’.
Activities took place nationwide on Tuesday, October 1, with the aim of the day to celebrate the achievements and contributions that older people make to society and tackle negative and outdated stereotypes.
Customers from Shakespeare Road, Oxleathers Court and Impstones Independent Living Schemes, run by Stafford and Rural Homes(SARH), enjoyed a number of activities including a morning walk, a meal taster session, a time capsule burial – to be re-opened in 2043, a British bake-off, a giant game of hang-man and Wii games.
Volunteers from the Prince’s Trust also helped to run a quiz, raffle and lunch for customers living at SARH’s Gough and Crispin Close Independent Living Scheme. They were joined by customers from the nearby Tithe Barn Court, Doxey House and Lotus Court SARH schemes for the packed day of activities.
Representatives from Staffordshire Police and Staffordshire Fire and Rescue also attended the event at Gough and Crispin Close. The Fire service also donated a hamper for the raffle.
Karen Armitage, chief executive of SARH, also visited residents on the day. She said: “The events were a great opportunity for residents in our independent living schemes to get together and enjoy a whole range of activities, proving that you don’t need to be young to have fun and live life to the full!”