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Older residents encouraged to be Full of Life

Older people were encouraged to try something new in a month-long festival entitled Full of Life.

The festival was organised by Age UK Dudley, Dudley Council and Dudley Forum for Older People in an aim to showcase the opportunities available for people in later life.

A spokesman for the event said: “We want to start to change attitudes and behaviours around people in later life, their views of ageing, the role they have to play and the value of their contribution to our society and economy.

“This is a fantastic opportunity to showcase all that is good about getting older in Dudley. We are an ageing population and in Dudley we want to make sure that we have care, support and housing options that will maximise people’s choices and allow them to live as independently as they can for longer.”

More than 80 events were organised throughout the month by local groups and organisations

Events being showcased throughout the month included Aquafit classes, afternoon dances, walks, cycle rides, coffee mornings, holistic therapy sessions and more.

Older people in the borough were encouraged to use the internet with free access in church halls, and workshops to learn new skills included glass bead making and needlecraft.

Sally Huband, chief officer for Age UK Dudley, said: “There is so much going on across the borough every week. This was a great opportunity for groups and organisations to showcase their regular activities or to organise special events for older people they work with on a regular basis.”

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