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Enjoying life more in our autumn years

Growing older is something most of us don’t like to think or talk about, but Herefordshire residents are being invited to an event to discuss how to improve the quality of life we hope to enjoy as we mature.   

We all generally want to stay active, healthy and happy for longer, stay independent and be involved in our local communities.  Nationally, an Ageing Well campaign has been launched to bring communities together and thrash out what can be done differently to achieve this.

In Herefordshire, Ageing Well workshops have taken place across the county bringing together people who work with older people to look at what is happening already in our local communities and gather ideas for improvements.  Themes raised at many of these workshops include dealing with transport problems to make accessing support services and activities easier, and the need to wanting to meet new people and try out new activities.

All the findings are being brought together and put on the table for further discussion at a big Ageing Well event on 12 March which takes place at the Kindle Centre near Asda, Hereford from 9.30am-4pm. 

Councillor Patricia Morgan, cabinet member for health and wellbeing, said: “The aim of this event is to bring together people, community groups and clubs to see what we can do collectively to make growing older in Herefordshire better. People who are able to stay independent because they are well supported in their communities, enjoy a better quality of life for longer and we want this for all our citizens. “

There are still a few places left at the Ageing Well event on the 12th March.  Anyone interested should ring 01432 383535 or email ssiloko@herefordshire.gov.uk.