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Celebrate International Older Personís Day in Aberdeen
Free entertainment, stalls and presentations will be on offer in the Town & County Hall of the Town House as Aberdeen celebrates International Day of Older Persons on Tuesday 01 October.
Aberdeen City Council in partnership with Grampian Regional Equality Council [GREC] and with support from Aberdeen Older People's Advisory Group, have organised the event, which gets underway at 10am and continues through to 3pm.
Information stalls and presentations will provide details of activities and services aimed at older people in the city and performances from Theatre Serendipity and the Granite City Chorus will ensure the day is informative and fun. Tea and coffee will be available from 9.30am onwards.
City Councillor Neil Cooney, chair of Aberdeen Older People's Advisory Group, said: "We recognise and value the contribution older people make in our communities and to our city. Older people offer a lifetime of experience, making them highly skilled and knowledgeable and an asset to us all.
"By celebrating International Older Person's Day we are part of a global movement to empower older people and we can do this locally by encouraging them to work with service providers to help shape services to better meet their needs, broad interests and build an age-friendly city."
To reserve a place at the event contact Sandra Bruce, equalities strategist, Aberdeen City Council on (01224) 523039 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or contact Tanita Maxwell, development worker, Grampian Regional Equality Council [GREC] at email@example.com
On 14 December 1990, the United Nations General Assembly designated the first day in October International Day of Older Persons.
Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General of the United Nations said: "Longevity is a public health achievement, not a social or economic liability. On this International Day of Older Persons, let us pledge to ensure the well-being of older persons and to enlist their meaningful participation in society so we can all benefit from their knowledge and ability."
The theme of the 2013 commemoration "The future we want: what older persons are saying" has been chosen to draw attention to the efforts of older persons and to encourage civil society organisations, United Nations organisations and Member States to place the issue of ageing on the international development agenda.