A Great Day Out at the National Botanic Gardens
The 2017 Forum took place on Friday 15th September 2017. The event started around 10am and finished at 4pm. There was an exciting lineup of speakers, included the renowned entertainer, composer, singer, actress and script writer, Caryl Parry Jones in addition to information stands from over 40 organisations and a full range of activities.
The activities and taster sessions included arts and crafts, painting, ballroom dancing, men’s sheds, therapy horses, guided walking tours, computer / tablets (Fitbits), reflexology and short mat bowls.
In addition there was a chance to learn about health and wellbeing and this year for the first time there was be a special dementia friends area.
Over 400 Forum members flocked to the Gardens and over 200 members packed the marque to hear the speakers including Councillor Linda Evans, Councillor Jane Tremlett, Ros Jervis, Director of Public Health for Hywel Dda, representatives from the cyber security section of Dyfed Powys Police and of course the special guest Caryl Parry Jones who entertained her audience with lots of stories from her childhood and her life in the media.
The session also included an address from the chairman of the Forum, Caroline Streek and the business of the AGM. The current members of the Forum steering group were re-selected.
Please click on the links below to see the full videos of the speakers. Our thanks to Alud Jones from CVC Media who recorded the event.
Caroline Streek, chairman of the 50+ Forum
Ros Jervis, Director of Public Health Wales for Hywel Dda Health Board
DC Gareth Jordan, Cyber Security Unit, Dyfed Powys Police
Caryl Parry Jones, guest speaker
Please check the event flyer for further details about the event
50+ Forum 2015
Some of you will remember the very entertaining talk by our main guest speaker, the broadcaster and founder of Childline Esther Rantzen. You can see the full talk at the Botanic Gardens by clicking on the link.
The other speakers at the event included:
Mark Drakeford, Welsh Government minister for Health and Social Services
Councillor Linda Evans, Carmarthenshire County Council
Councillor Jane Tremlett, Carmarthenshire County Council
Later in the morning Esther went for a walk-about in the Great Glasshouse and met stall holders and members of the Forum
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Older People’s Day – 1st October 2017
Sunday October 1st is officially Older People’s Day 2017, an International Day to celebrate the achievements and contributions that older people make to society.
The event is based on the International Day of Older Persons set up by the United Nations
In 2016 the Secretary General of the United Nations declared:
“The International Day of Older Persons is our chance to take a stand against the destructive problem of ageism.
While older persons are often said to enjoy particular respect, the reality is that too many societies limit them, denying access to jobs, loans and basic services. The marginalization and devaluing of older persons takes a heavy toll. It undermines their productivity and experience in the workforce, in volunteerism and through civil engagement while constraining their capacity for caregiving as well as financial and other support to families and communities. Ageism frequently intersects with other forms of discrimination based on gender, race, disability and other grounds, compounding and intensifying its effects.
Ending ageism and securing the human rights of older persons is an ethical and practical imperative. The stakes are high and growing. The global population of older persons is expected to rise from just over 900 million in 2015 to 1.4 billion by 2030 ………..
I condemn ageism in all its forms and call for measures to address this violation of human rights as we strive to improve societies for people of all ages. This demands changing the way older persons are portrayed and perceived, from being seen as a burden to being appreciated for the many positive contributions they make to our human family.
I also call for greater legal guarantees of equality for older persons to prevent ageism from resulting in discriminatory policies, laws and treatment. I urge policy makers to compile better data and statistics on older persons’ health, economic status and general wellbeing in order to better address their concerns. And I hope we will all reflect on our prejudicial attitudes and consider how, as individuals, we can counter ageism.
Let us mark the International Day of Older Persons by forcefully rejecting all forms of ageism and working to enable older persons to realize their potential as we honour our pledge to build a life of dignity and human rights for all.