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Special event for over 50s returns to Wellingborough

Published Monday, 28 April 2014

A popular event for the over 50s returns to Wellingborough on Thursday 15 May. The Older Persons’ Forum is a free afternoon of ideas, information and advice giving older people the chance to discuss issues that affect them.

The event will be held at All Saints church hall, on Midland Road in the town. It will include advice and tips on eating healthily, as well as lots of information about diabetes, signs to look out for, self-help and available support. Information on blue badges and bus passes will also be offered, and experts will be on hand to answer questions on a number of issues.

A fun quiz will be held, testing knowledge about different fruits, and free light refreshments will be available during the afternoon.

Sylvia Smith, who chairs the event and is a champion of older people's rights, said: "The Older Persons' Forum is a free, very friendly and social event. It's a great opportunity for people to meet old and new friends, hear about what's on offer for them locally, share ideas, and talk to others who face similar issues. We always have a laugh, which we all need.

"Our needs change as we get older, and there's lots of information and advice out there if people know where to look. This event helps by highlighting common issues and pointing people in the right direction.

"Eating healthily can become more difficult as people age, whether it's because they don't know about changing nutritional needs, or they are on their own, or because they have eating habits that are hard to break. Some simple and straightforward information and tips could help people stay healthy.

"We can offer practical advice about medical issues, and for this meeting we're also helping people understand blue badges and bus passes, which is important for getting out and about as easily as possible.

"Anyone over 50 is very welcome to come along and join us for a really fun and useful afternoon."

Wellingborough Council helps run the event through its Older Persons' Advisory Panel. It runs between 2pm and 4pm, with doors opening at 1.45pm. Anyone who would like more information should contact Gill Chapman on 01933 231 839 or email gchapman@wellingborough.gov.uk