2018 International Day of Older Persons Events
To celebrate International Day of Older Persons (IDOP) this year, Age Concern Counties Manukau organised a walk at the Auckland Botanic Gardens, as well as some quick exercise sessions/demos by our Community Strength &
Balance approved providers. It was a lovely day, with lots of kaumatua (older persons) bringing their mokopuna (grandchildren) for some intergenerational fun!
The International Day of Older Persons is celebrated on 1 October each year.
It's a day to acknowledge the contribution older people make to our communities.
We encourage you to share your skills and knowledge with people of all ages in your life. We are all good at something. It might be technology, cooking, public speaking, gardening, history, yoga or dancing.
Suggested intergenerational activities
A skills exchange: older people support younger people to cook, create CV’s, read, knit etc and younger people support older people with IT to use mobile phones, computers, access the internet, Wii etc.
Create community garden, allotment or space.
Cookery/food: growing food, nutrition, learning to cook e.g. older and younger males learning recipes together.
Community events e.g. intergenerational quizzes, street parties, festival of ages.
Sports activities e.g. intergenerational Tai Chi, Wii sessions, archery, bowls.
Arts: create public art mural at a park, shopping centre, bus stop etc. intergenerational choir and theatre groups.
Community Media e.g. radio, positive images campaign.
Buddy/befriending: young people support older people to access activities in the evenings by calling and escorting them to local clubs/groups and address fear of crime issues amongst community.
Local history and sense of place: understanding the heritage of your locality and the diverse people that live around you.
Intergenerational forum: discuss local issues and come up with ideas for activities and events to offer solutions.
Skill sharing through intergenerational projects
Younger and older people are the two groups most affected by ageist attitudes and marginalisation in our society. The evidence shows that they feel they are widely portrayed in a negative light by the media.
Intergenerational approaches can positively contribute across a whole range of areas affecting your community by:
building active communities
reducing levels of crime and fear of crime through greater understanding between generations
All of these can contribute to the development of a sustainable community.
How to get started
The Brighter Futures Together website www.brighterfuturestogether.co.uk has some great information about creating intergenerational projects, and we have extracted some of the ideas from that website for ours.
Take a moment to have a look at these to get you started.
Age Concern delivers workshops
We deliver a range of quality programmes and activities that are fun, sociable and interactive promoting healthy living.
Health promotion and education both aim at improving access to health related information and services to give people control over their health and wellbeing.
Highlights from the Age Concern Auckland IDOP 2017 celebrations
Age Concern Counties Manukau asked "How do you connect?" This short video shows the creation of our connection wheel.
In 2016, Age Concern Auckland asked "What are the good things about getting older?" This short video is what you told us.
Age Concern promotes Positive Ageing
"A society where people can age positively, where older people are highly valued and recognised as an integral part of families and communities." Age Concern supports the Positive Ageing strategy, led by the Ministry of Social Development.