Manchester City Council

Launch of programme to boost city's approach to older people

Wednesday will see the launch of programme focusing on the needs of older people in Manchester.

Two years ago, Manchester was the first UK city to be recognised as an Age-Friendly City by the World Health Organisation. Now, building on that foundation, the city is introducing its Age-Friendly Manchester programme at a special event on Wednesday 24 October.

The event will include workshops, talks, presentations and an exchange of ideas between residents, academics, health professionals and service providers - to share good practice in continuing to improve life for post-retired people in Manchester.

A backdrop to the discussions will include statistics on an ageing population, public health initiatives and policy work. Further workshops will look at how neighbourhoods and housing providers include older people; tackling loneliness, dementia research and volunteer work.

Delegates will hear from David Regan, director of public health Manchester and members of Manchester's Valuing Older People (VOP) programme.

Councillor Sue Cooley, Manchester City Council's lead member for Valuing Older People, said: "Sharing experiences and listening to people like grandparents, or people who have retired, talking about their lives in Manchester helps us all to focus and continue to put older people's welfare at the heart of what we do."

On the day there will also be a talks from older people's groups, including a lunch group, who have gained in numbers and now want to share their experiences of visiting the city's cafes and visitor attractions.

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