Celebrating Age Festival Is Underway

A month of events for Merton's older people


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Hundreds of people will be celebrating their age this month as a special festival for older people in Merton gets underway.

The Celebrating Age Festival 2010 has been launched at the SavaCentre in Colliers Wood, where performers from a number of community groups showcased dances from different cultures.

Celebrating Age Festival Is UnderwayDance enthusiasts from groups including the Mitcham Filipino British Association, Positive Networks, South London Tamil Welfare, Merton OASIS African Caribbean Elders (ACES) and West Indian Friends and Family Association (WIFFA), the Goan Elderly, Merton and Morden Guild, and Age Concern Merton’s belly dancing groups showed off their steps to world rhythms. 

Throughout the month of September, residents over 50 will be able to enjoy more than 160 colourful events and interesting workshops presented all over Merton.

Highlights include Independence Day on Sunday September 6, which will showcase all the services available to enable older people to live safely and independently in their own homes and save on energy. 

Health & Wellbeing Day on Friday September 10 offers information on all aspects of mental and physical health, with talks, therapy sessions, a skincare workshop and blood pressure readings.   A pharmacist or practice nurse will also be on hand to offer advice. 

Festival organiser, Sue Tickner said: "Celebrating the borough’s older people is important as there is so much this age group can offer to society. It is wonderful seeing our young 50-somethings enjoying the company of our 90-somethings

"We’re all young at heart and have plenty to give. The festival is a wonderful opportunity for people to discover a new talent, learn a new skill and make new friends. We always have a lot of fun and want to encourage as many of our older residents as possible to join in the celebration."

Brochures are available at libraries and in the Civic Centre, Morden.  For information, call Festival Line from Monday to Friday, 9.30am – 3.30pm on 020 8545 4712.   

September 1, 2010