Good old time promised at Sheffield event

Fun for older people is promised at an upcoming event in Sheffield.
Fun for older people is promised at an upcoming event in Sheffield.
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Over 50s in Sheffield are preparing to show you’re never too old for a knees-up.

Singalongs, stalls and exercise classes will be among some of the things on offer at the city’s annual Older People’s Day, which recognises the contribution they make to society.

This year the event centres around the theme of ‘five ways to wellbeing’, with taster sessions in Tai Chi, computer skills, crafts and arts at the Cutler’s Hall, Church Street on Tuesday.

Kath Horner, of Sheffield Council’s public health team, said: “According to the latest research, there’s a great deal we can do to stay healthy as we age.

“The five ways to wellbeing is about keeping positive in later years.”

Sheffield’s Women of Steel - the unsung heroines who kept the steelworks running during both World Wars - will be guests of honour.

The event will also launch the Council’s Young at Heart project, which aims to increase the amount of activities at its sheltered housing schemes.

Coun Harry Harpham, Sheffield Council cabinet member for housing, said: “The mental and physical wellbeing of our sheltered tenants is very important to us.

“Evidence shows that older people leading active lives, who take part in physical mental and social activity, are happier, healthier and live longer.

“It’s great to see so many of our residents getting involved in the activities we have on offer, giving many of them the chance to try new things, develop new skills and brush up on old ones.”