Source: Whangarei District Council
Updated: 9/10/2019 10:55 a.m.
Jazz, conversation, information, age and friendship were all on the agenda at Whangarei’s Central Library on the first of October, during celebration of the International Day of Older People and its theme, The Journey to Age Equality.
The celebrations were part of Whangarei’s Positive Ageing Advisory Group’s (PAAG’s) mission to remind communities just how much older adults contribute to society.
“It’s a time for everyone, families and organisations to acknowledge and say thank you for the huge contribution older people have made in the past and are still making today in Whangarei,” said Positive Ageing Advisory Group chair, Robin Lieffering.
“Across the world the number of seniors is expected to more than double to over 2 billion in 2050. Here in Whangarei we are predicted to have more than 15,000 New Zealanders aged over 65 years by 2025, and it is essential that older adults feel valued and have strong connections in their communities.”
On the morning an older adult jazz band from the Jane Mander Retirement Village played at the library alongside a display of Council and library services, a book display and a dedicated conversation seat.
Council staff also gave away “love it here’ branded bags and chatted to people about the theme.
PAAG members turned up and sat at the conversation seat promoting PAAG to others that wanted to engage; a few continued conversations by going to the café for coffee. Sport Northland also came and promoted its 50+ Community Classes and Green Prescription.
“It was a busy day in the library with children and parents also enjoying school holidays, with our nice subtle celebration happening alongside,” said Mrs Lieffering.