Merton launches Celebrating Age Festival 2010

This year’s Celebrating Age Festival 2010 launched today (Friday 27 August) at SavaCentre in Colliers Wood.

Performers from a number of community groups for older people in the borough showcased dances from different cultures as the festival got off to a leaping start.

Dance enthusiasts from groups including the Mitcham Filipino British Association, Positive Networks, South London Tamil Welfare, Merton OASIS African Caribbean Elders (ACES) and West Indian Friends and Family Association (WIFFA), the Goan Elderly, Merton and Morden Guild, and Age Concern Merton’s belly dancing groups showed off their steps to world rhythms.

Throughout the month of September, residents over 50 will be able to enjoy over 160 colourful events and interesting workshops presented all over Merton.

Highlights during September include the chance to boogie on down at Talkin’ ‘Bout My Generation on 1 September at the Hub. Independence Day on 6 September will showcase all the services available to enable older people to live safely and independently in their own homes and save on energy. Health & Wellbeing Day on 10 September offers information on all aspects of mental and physical health, with talks, therapy sessions, a skincare workshop and blood pressure readings. A pharmacist or practice nurse will also be on hand to offer advice.

Festival organiser, Sue Tickner said: “Celebrating the borough’s older people is important as there is so much this age group can offer to society. It is wonderful seeing our young 50-somethings enjoying the company of our 90-somethings. We’re all young at heart and have plenty to give. The festival is a wonderful opportunity for people to discover a new talent, learn a new skill and make new friends. We always have a lot of fun and want to encourage as many of our older residents as possible to join in the celebration.”

Merton Council’s cabinet member for adult social care and health Councillor Linda Kirby said: “The festival is the main event of the year when it comes to celebrating the talents and contributions of the over 50s in Merton. We’re now in our eighth year and it just gets better every time.”

Brochures are available at libraries and in the Civic Centre, Morden. For information, call Festival Line from Monday to Friday, 9.30am – 3.30pm on 020 8545 4712. Further information can also be found on the council’s website at http://www.merton.gov.uk/celebratingage

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