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Norfolk Celebrates Age

Written by  Jayne Evans
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Norfolk Celebrates Age

Norfolk Celebrates Age is a new four day event being held at The Forum next week.

People from all age groups are getting together to enjoy films, activities, music, talks, crafts, IT sessions and much more.

Norfolk Celebrates Age aims to promote positive messages about ageing and to help older people maintain a respected voice in society.

The event is FREE and runs from 9am Monday 29 September until 4pm on Thursday 2 October.

Jayne Evans, Marketing Manager at The Forum and one of the event organisers, says,

"This is an event for all generations and everyone is welcome. You can find out how to use a tablet or download photos from your camera, how to research your family history and even how to create a knitted pigeon!

"There is also information on how to get involved in sport, dance, volunteering and community projects and how to access benefits and health information.

"This is an opportunity for people from any age group to get involved. For example, we are holding free dementia awareness workshops and lunchtime talks on a variety of subjects from cinema history to keeping active in later life."

Among the many supporters of Norfolk Celebrates Age is Carol Bundock, former BBC East presenter, who says,

"There's so much to become involved with at a later age, hopefully more time to enjoy oneself, and a greater ability to celebrate all that all our lives have meant so far.

"I for one, am determined to make the most of this stage of my life. After all 60 is most definitely the new 40, at least that's what I believe."

Other organisations involved in Norfolk Celebrates Age include Age UK Norfolk, Age UK Norwich, the Norfolk and Suffolk Dementia Alliance, Norfolk Library Services, the East Anglian Film Archive, Norwich Older People's Forum, Archant, The East of England Co-op and many more.

Willie Cruikshank, Director of the Norfolk and Suffolk Dementia Alliance, says,

"We are delighted to be part of this huge partnership of local organisations. All of us are passionate about enabling older people to access services, support and to make the very most of their lives.

"We are all too aware that later life brings challenges and we are also making dementia awareness an important aspect of the Norfolk Celebrates Age campaign."

Hilary MacDonald, Director of Age UK Norfolk, says,

“Norfolk Celebrates Age is all about bringing together older and younger generations to promote greater understanding between them and challenge negative stereotyping. 

"We want to celebrate what people of all ages have to offer, to value the differences between the generations and appreciate what they have in common.”

More information about the Norfolk Celebrates Age event and all the people involved can be found at norfolkcelebratesage.wordpress.com

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