It comes to us all, old age. Or rather, we grow into it. However much we don’t want to become older there isn’t a lot we can do about it so we should just embrace the measures of life and live life to the fullest we possibly can. That’s my outlook, anyway. What do you think?
Today is Older Person’s Day. We all know someone who is aged 50+ (the age-bracket that Older Person’s day falls into), whether they be your grandparents, your neighbours, work colleagues, a teacher, a lecturer, or the guy who owns your local corner shop. And seeing that Older Person’s Day is all about celebrating the wisdom of older residents in R.C.T, when you’ve got 5 minutes, make an effort to go and see the people you know (aged 50+) and have a cuppa and a chat and share your stories and experiences. You might be surprised to find out that the older people have brilliant and funny stories to share from their youth, and they’ll also enjoy listening to your stories, too. As that annoying BT advert claims – It’s good to talk. It’s great finding out what sort of things an older generation got up to in their younger days – you’ll have a cool history lesson without learning about the boring bits – and if the older person is alone most of the time, a visitor every now and then might just be exactly what they need. You could also learn new skills from each other. For example, the older person could teach you how to knit; you could teach the older person how to use a mobile phone or a computer correctly.
As Cllr Mike Forey (RCT Council’s Cabinet Member for Partnerships and Adult Social Services) has said:
“Older People’s Day is all about sharing the skills and experience between different generations. So, take time out of your day on October 1 to celebrate the contribution older people make in our communities.
“Rhondda Cynon Taf is home to a large 50+ population, which is continuing to grow year-on-year. We are proud of this fact but also recognise the challenges it can present.
“That is why it is so important for us to ensure older residents have the information and support they need to remain healthy and independent. Something simple like a telephone call or a visit from a younger member of the family or neighbour is often all they need.”
Rhondda Cynon Taf Council is encouraging people to stop and think about their older family members and sit and listen to their life experiences and discover what they can learn from them and vice versa.
The Council works to empower and protect frail, older people and support the people who care for them. The Council may be able to provide or arrange services to help each individual overcome any difficulties they may be experiencing.
Rhondda Cynon Taf Council aims to help older persons:
Live a satisfying and independent life in their own home.
Feel confident enough to make their own decisions.
Find more suitable accommodation if living at home is no longer possible.
Provide support for the people caring for them.
If you, or the person you care for, needs assistance from Social Services, contact Rhondda Cynon Taf Council’s Adult Services Duty Desk on 01443 425003 or Email firstname.lastname@example.org
To contact Rhondda Cynon Taf Council’s Carers Support Project, which works to support people caring for others, call Freephone 0800 100 1801
You can also visit www.rctcbc.gov.uk/servicesforolderpeople