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Council Chair launches Positive Ageing Month

Mid Ulster District Council Chair, Councillor Cathal Mallaghan has formerly launched the Council’s Positive Ageing Month programme of events on International Day of Older Persons (Thursday 1 October). 

Throughout October, Positive Ageing Month will celebrate the contribution that Mid Ulster’s older citizens make to their local communities. With a mix of events to enable older people to connect both virtually through online events and physically where possible within COVID-19 guidelines taking place, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. 

Looking ahead to the inaugural month long programme, Councillor Mallaghan said, 

“By 2026 our local population of those aged over 85 is projected to grow by 48%, and a significant growth is also forecast in the percentage of those aged over 65. We often hear of older people dealing with issues around social isolation and loneliness, exacerbated in 2020 by the regulations imposed due to COVID-19. Initiatives such as Positive Ageing Month and the activities it offers, many free of charge, provide our older citizens with a safe, secure, helpful and entertaining escape from the darker days of autumn.”

Some highlights of the programme include the return of the Mid Ulster Wheelies (Thursday 1 October at Cookstown Leisure Centre), the Crafty Café at Seamus Heaney HomePlace (From Wednesday 7 October), walking groups, and online sessions on career planning, finances, pensions, entitlements, healthy eating and shopping well, all happening throughout the month. 

To find out more, view the Councils’ Positive Ageing Month programme at www.midulstercouncil.org/PositiveAgeingMonth2020 

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