A service for seniors

Seated, Alan and Joyce Place, of the University of the Third Age and (standing) Hartlepool Voluntary Development Agency's 50+ development officer Phyl Rafferty
Seated, Alan and Joyce Place, of the University of the Third Age and (standing) Hartlepool Voluntary Development Agency's 50+ development officer Phyl Rafferty
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PEOPLE had the chance to learn how to stay fit and healthy during the winter months at an advice session in shopping centre.

Middleton Grange Shopping Centre in Hartlepool invited representatives from a range of organisations to spread the word about International Older People’s Day.

The event aims to target people aged 50 and over with information about health and well-being, as well as opportunities for learning and social activity.

Phyl Rafferty, Hartlepool Voluntary Development Agency’s 50+ development officer, said: “For a lot of older people, it can be quite difficult to access the information they need about health advice, staying warm in winter or what activities and opportunities are available to them.

“An event like this is ideal because it brings a range of organisations together all in one place to let people know what they do and what help and support is available.”

Among the groups represented were Hartlepool Carers, Winter Warmth, Telecare, The University of the Third Age, NHS Stop Smoking Service, and advisors on healthy living, benefits and cancer awareness.

Suzanne Chaney, marketing manager at the shopping centre, said: “Many of our shoppers are older people so this is a great way to capture that audience and pass on information that could help them.

“It has been very encouraging to see so many people visit the stalls throughout the day. And it’s not just health advice, the University of the Third Age put on classes on everything from cookery to Italian which can help people lead busy and active lives.”