Help and advice for the over-50s

The Later Life Matters day will include the chance to play on a Wii game
The Later Life Matters day will include the chance to play on a Wii game
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A special new event for older people is taking place in Wellingborough next week.

Later Life Matters will offer the over-50s essential advice and information on a range of subjects, alongside fun sessions on getting to grips with Wii games, relaxing massages and live entertainment.

The day-long event, organised by Wellingborough Council and Nene Valley Community Action, is free of charge to attend and takes place on Wednesday 26 September at The Castle Theatre in Wellingborough.

It will help older people find out more about a variety of health-related issues and how to manage chronic conditions, as well as information on topics such as benefit entitlements and tips to stay fit and healthy.

Young volunteers will also be on hand to show people how to get to grips with technology such the internet, mobile phones and games consoles, and there will be entertainment and therapy treatments running throughout the day.

Cllr Eileen Higgins, chairman of Wellingborough Council’s Older Persons’ Advisory Panel said: “We know that there are a lot of older people out there who don’t know what services are available to them or what benefits or grants they could be entitled to.

“It’s estimated that there are 1.8 million pensioners living in poverty in the country, and yet there are billions of pounds of benefits going unclaimed.

“There’s so much help and support out there – from help with finances, to practical advice on keeping safe and healthy, to groups and social activities that can help combat loneliness and isolation, to grants that can help people adapt their homes as they age.

“We wanted to bring all these services together into one place to make it as easy as possible for older people to get all the support they need.

“But we didn’t want to put on an event that meant people simply wandered around an exhibition hall picking up leaflets, so we’ve made the day social and interactive too.

“We have young people helping bridge the generation gap by demonstrating popular console games that the grandchildren might be into, or helping explain the technology that older people may be a bit wary of, such as texting and emails.

“We also have interesting short talks and live music from local bands and choirs to keep people entertained.

“There’s a huge amount happening and we’re really excited about what promises to be a fun and informative day.”

Later Life Matters is supported by Northamptonshire County Council and Northamptonshire NHS.