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International Day of Older Persons – Use it or Lose it

Do you work with or supply services to Older People?

To support older persons to ‘use it or lose it’ this International Day of Older Persons, the Positive Ageing Forum is organising a week-long “open day” from 30 September to 4 October 2013 … at your business/organisation.

International Day of Older Persons is a United Nations initiative celebrated around the world on 1 October each year. It is a time to acknowledge the contributions older people make to communities throughout our region and New Zealand.

Volunteering, working, being grandparents, looking out for the neighbourhood, sharing wisdom and experience, and being active sportspeople and community leaders, are some of the many ways persons aged 65 and older contribute to our community.

Not-for-profit and non-government organisations and community groups play a significant role in supporting older persons in our community through education, information, activities and events and support.

The concept of ‘Use it or Lose it’ typically refers to physical exercise, but it applies to our bodies and minds. For example, cognitive activity throughout life – not just in adulthood, but also in childhood – is an important predictor of later cognitive function and one’s risk of dementia. Similarly, new studies have demonstrated that exercise is the most effective treatment for early osteoarthritis – more exercise is associated with less pain and more mobility. We also have some great local stories, such as Erica Law, who through the use of the Sonido Digital Listener found she could hear again after 50 years. In other words, use it or lose it – who knows, there may be another Erica Law out there simply waiting for the right device or service to change their lives.

During this week, we want not-for-profit and non-government organisations, community groups and businesses to open their doors and provide a drop-in opportunity for older persons to find out about the services and activities you run. It may be a day or even a couple of hours, but it is designed to let older persons know what opportunities there are for them to ‘use it or lose it’.

Once we have a list of all participating organisations/businesses we will be running a feature spread in the newspapers in Nelson and Tasman.

So if you would like to be part of ‘Use it or Lose it’ week, please contact Judene Edgar on 03 544-1927 or e-mail Judene.edgar@clear.net.nz by Thursday 12 September 2013.

3 Responses to "International Day of Older Persons – Use it or Lose it"

  • Sharyn Black
    September 4, 2013 - 10:16 am Reply

    It seems to me that you are doing in a round-about way recruitment of volunteers. I would like to see the wording altered so that genuine support offers were made to older people in the community.

  • Jacqui Irwin
    September 4, 2013 - 11:55 am Reply

    Hi Sharyn – I have referred your comment to Judene, who is organising this week. Volunteer Nelson is not directly involved, except in publishing the information in Community News and Views.

  • Roger Thorn
    September 12, 2013 - 4:26 pm Reply

    The General Manager is happy to complete a floor talk to a group on the Trust objectives and also thier place in the community. If there is a fit for a volunteer then that could be discussed but initially would like to use this opportunity to introduce the group to the Trust

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