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Know Our Place: Celebrating ageing in our community’s past, present and future

Updated: Sep 29, 2023

International Day of Older Persons 2023 #IDOP2023

Each year on 1st October, people across the world mark UN International Day of Older Persons (IDOP) to raise awareness of opportunities and challenges faced by ageing populations, and to mobilize the wider community to address difficulties faced by older people.

An Age-friendly Community is one that ensures we all have a place in society as we age, where we are respected and included, and are able to live a good later life where we are. As we’ve learnt through the pandemic and cost of living crises, the place where we live has a huge impact on our wellbeing as we age.

Know Our Place: Celebrating ageing in our community’s past, present and future

This year’s International Day of Older Persons theme encourages people to get curious and be proud about your place; to come together across age-groups to discover your place’s past, to celebrate the diverse range of people and places making yours a great place to age, and to commit to make changes, so more people can enjoy good later lives in your community – now and in the future.

This International Day of Older Persons, let’s celebrate ageing in our community’s past, present and future.

Discover our past: As we age, we're shaping the place we live in and have stories to tell about the changes we have seen over the years. Let's come together across age groups to discover stories of heritage and progress.

Celebrate our present: This #IDOP2023 we're celebrating all that's making our community a great place to grow older, as well as the integral role older people have in making our place a better place to live and age, whether at work, in the community, or in care homes.

Plan for our future: Over the next 10 years, our population is going to look different. We all have a part to play in making ours a more Age-friendly Community, so even more of us are able to enjoy later life here. Let’s take action.

Over the years, PramaLife has developed 60 groups, clubs, and activities across Bournemouth, Christchurch, Poole and East Dorset, that have encouraged bringing people together in hopes to bring unity and ensure that there is a place for everyone outside of their home - a community that has impacted over 26,000 people, whether that is group members, volunteers, unpaid carers or other family members. All of which come together weekly to support one another.

We believe that this year’s International Day of Older Persons campaign theme is an excellent message for Prama to pass on and emphasise the importance of our ageing communities and how we are able to support them.

This is also a time to reflect and give thanks to those around you that have supported their local communities.

Thank you to the PramaLife team of staff and volunteers who dedicate their time to running groups, finding venues, serving drinks, supporting group members through tasks, encouraging new conversations, breaking people out of isolation and most importantly bringing people together.

Thank you to the team of staff and volunteers at Prama's Charity Shops who welcome people in each day, educate newcomers on the values of Prama as a Charity, encourage people to get involved, and raise money to support such an incredible cause.

Thank you to the entire team at PramaCare for your hard work and dedication in supporting and caring for members of our local communities. For keeping families together and supporting people in the comfort of their own homes, for always being at the other end of the phone ready in any case of emergency to ensure that we are there.

Thank YOU for being a part of our Age Friendly Communities.


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