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Older People's Day 2017 - Monday 9 October

READING is celebrating National Older People’s Day on Monday 9 October 2017 with a fun-filled afternoon of events at Rivermead Leisure Complex (1 - 4 pm)

The annual free event celebrates the contribution of older people to our communities. The festivities kick off at 1pm with a welcome from the Mayor of Reading, Councillor Rose Williams, followed by a performance by Firtree Choir. This will be followed by a range of interactive activities throughout the day including guest speakers, song and dance, choirs, arts and crafts and discussion groups.

There will also be information and advice available from over 50 local organisations, blood pressure checks and taster activity sessions where attendees can try their hand at walking rugby, table tennis, and walking netball.

The focus of this year’s day is to promote good mental health and wellbeing in older people. Many of the presentations and services available will help people to find out more about how they can best live full and satisfying lives.

The event will be an opportunity for older people, those reaching retirement age and those with concerns about older parents and neighbours, to find out about activities and opportunities that can keep you live well and connect to your community.

Additional information:

  • New bus route BUZZ 42 from Kenavon Drive to Rivermead - as from 2 October 2017 - this new bus route will run from 8.45 am til 4.30 pm (Monday to Friday), every 40 mns approx. 
  • Route: Kenavon Drive to Central Reading (Stops MP / CS) to Rivermead
  • Community Link bus route 28 -  serves Rivermead 3 times a day
  • FREE shuttle bus to Rivermead from Central Reading (Stops FH / EL) from 12.15 (on Monday 9 October only)
  • Blue Badge holders can park for Free at Rivermead Leisure Complex

Come and join the fun! Invite your friends and anyone you know who might benefit.

For further information about the programme and timing of the activities, please see the publicity flyer linked to this page for download and to share with your contacts.

For any further information, please email opwg@reading.gov.uk or call 0118 937 2383

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Refreshments gratefully sponsored by Novotel Reading and Tesco.

Nepali and Polish versions of the flyer now available for download.  Please share with your contacts

To celebrate Older People’s Day the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy has developed an online animation showing a short series of safe and effective exercises older people can do on a regular basis to increase their muscle strength and reduce their likelihood of falling.  The Falls Prevention Exercises video below has been specially prepared to feature at Older People's Day and raise awareness of this issue.