Yesterday older people from Derry~Londonderry and beyond gathered to celebrate their age and experience at an event organised by two local housing associations.
The event was organised by Apex Housing Association and Choice Housing Ireland to celebrate International Older People’s Day which takes place this week.
Held in the Gasyard Centre in Derry~Londonderry, the event hosted older tenants from both Apex and Choice. In addition, a number of organisations were present with information stands to provide guidance on everything from community safety, benefits to health information and local social activities.
Deirdre Walker, Director of Supported Living at Apex Housing Association, commented:
“It was a pleasure to see our older tenants enjoying a nice afternoon of food, dancing and chat. Unfortunately, social isolation can often be an issue for the older generation, but it’s something we work to reduce by offering our tenants opportunities to meet up with each other; where they live and through events like this. Not only was this a lovely social event for those attending, it was also a way for us to provide tenants with advice and guidance on issues that are important to them.”
Carol Ervine, Group Director of Tenant and Client Services with Choice:
“For many older people sheltered housing is a key part of independent living. Our sheltered schemes strike the balance between security, community and independence. Sheltered living provides opportunities for tenants to meet new people, develop friendships and get involved in social activities. This partnership with Apex is vital in addressing the ongoing issue of isolation among older people, which can have a negative impact on their health and well-being. We value this partnership with Apex and look forward to working together in future initiatives”.