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UK celebrates Older People"s Day 2008

Hundreds of events have taken place around the country (October 1st 2008) to celebrate the contribution older people make to our society and economy. The Government's "Full of Life" campaign is a government initiative to celebrate the role older people play in society and to challenge outdated stereotypes of what it
means to be old.

This year’s theme was about bringing generations together. As well as co-ordinating events nationally the department for Work and Pensions revealed research which showed older people pass invaluable knowledge down the generations (click here to review)

Children's Minister, Beverley Hughes commented: "Older people and young people have much to gain from each other: older people having the chance to pass on their insight and experience and younger people engaging with and supporting older people."

Gordon Lishman, Director General of Age Concern, added:

"Older people clearly have an important role to play in their communities, and many already give much of their time and expertise to others as grandparents, carers and volunteers. Negative, ageist stereotypes often disappear when different generations come together and learn to understand and appreciate each other. Breaking down barriers in this way undoubtedly lays the ground for building stronger communities."

Did you take part in event for Older Peoples Day 2008? contact diversitylink – dizali@diversitylink.co.uk

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Dizali Mentha
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