A JAM-PACKED week of activities is under way as residents enjoy an extended celebration.
International Older People’s Day, which takes place annually on October 1, is usually cause for residents of Morpeth’s St Christopher’s House to organise some special events.
But this year staff and tenants at the Anchor retirement accommodation in Abbey Meadows have decided that one day is just not enough.
And so they have deferred the celebration and instead of cramming everything they want to do into one day, they have set a whole week aside.
The fun began on Monday and will continue through to Sunday.
It includes old favourites such as coffee mornings, afternoon tea and a broth and dumpling lunch, but there are also new additions with a theatre afternoon featuring Live Wires Theatre Company, a film afternoon, quiz night and race afternoon.
Money raised from the events will be split between charities Contact The Elderly, which supports isolated older people and arranges social get-togethers, and the local branch of the Alzheimer’s Society.
St Christopher’s Scheme Manager Eileen Wilson said: “We celebrate Older People’s Day every year, but this year we had so many great ideas that we realised a day wasn’t enough and so we have declared Older People’s Week.
“The tenants are really enthusiastic about the whole thing and have been looking forward to a lot of fun, as well as raising plenty of money for a good cause.”
International Older People’s Day aims to celebrate the achievements of older people and the contributions they make to society.