Bringing generations together to share knowledge and experience was the basis of the festivities surrounding Older People’s Day on 1st October. This year, events held across the UK included tea dances, coffee mornings, exercise classes and film screenings.
Pensions Minister Mike O’Brien MP launched the day at the official opening of ‘Age, Snapped’, a photography exhibition challenging perceptions of old age. The event was launched at a reception attended by photographers of all ages, well wishers and representatives of stakeholder organisations including exhibition partners Age Concern and The Prince’s Trust.
Mike O’Brien said: "The 1st October is about celebrating the major contribution that 20 million people over 50 make to the UK. They have helped build a prosperous economy, a strong society and a better country.
Celebrations continue across the country and for more information please visit The Older People’s Event Page 2008.
This year Age Concern’s Grandparents Day was moved to coincide with Older People’s Day and took place on Sunday 5th October.
This day provided an excellent opportunity for families to say a big thank you to grandparents, who play an increasingly important role in modern family life.