New Norwich event aims to challenge the stigma surrounding old age

Carol Bundock opens the Later Life Show at the Norfolk Showground, with the Broadbeat Choir. Picture: Denise Bradley Carol Bundock opens the Later Life Show at the Norfolk Showground, with the Broadbeat Choir. Picture: Denise Bradley

Sunday, August 31, 2014
8:30 AM

A showcase of projects that aim to challenge the stigma surrounding old age will be held in Norwich at the end of the month.

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The four day Norfolk Celebrates Age event will be staged at the Forum between Monday, September 29 and Thursday, October 2. People from all age groups will be coming together to enjoy films, activities, music, talks, crafts, and IT sessions.

The free event aims to promote positive messages about ageing and to help older people maintain a respected voice in society.

Jayne Evans, marketing manager at the Forum and one of the event organisers, said: “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.

Among the many supporters of Norfolk Celebrates Age is Carol Bundock, former BBC East presenter, who said: “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.”

Other organisations involved include Age UK Norfolk, Age UK Norwich, the Norfolk and Suffolk Dementia Alliance, Norfolk Library Services, the East Anglian Film Archive, and Norwich Older People’s Forum. For more information, visit theforumnorwich.co.uk or norfolkcelebratesage.wordpress.com

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