Gearing up for older people's Day of Action

From mature Latin dancing to singing and exercise – older people, families and carers are invited to attend a special event next week, which is sure to get pulses racing.

Locals are invited along to the fun and informative day, which will give more information on the services available for older people in the community.

And as well as art, music, dancing and a sing-along, there will be many stalls highlighting services from the Council, NHS Lothian and the voluntary sector.

There will also be the opportunity for free health checks as well as advice on weight and blood pressure. 

NHS Lothian will also be providing information on a range of issues including podiatry, diabetes and oral health.

Participants will also be invited along on a special heritage walk, to find out more about the history of the local area. 

Crime prevention is always at the forefront of people's minds and Lothian and Borders Police and Community Safety Officers will be on hand to offer advice about home safety.

Other groups taking part in the Day of Action, include, Age Scotland, Alzheimer's Scotland, Edinburgh Leisure, (Ageing Well Project) Deaf Scotland, LGBT (Lesbian Gay Bisexual & Transgender community) and MECOPP (Minority Ethnic Carers of Older People Project) and many others. 

Organised by the South Central Neighbourhood Partnership, the event will take place on Thursday 16 June at the King's Hall, South Clerk Street.

Councillor Marilyne MacLaren, Convener of the South Central Neighbourhood Partnership, said: "I have looked at the programme for this and would encourage older people to participate in the event which promises to be useful, informative and most of all fun. The day is not just about raising awareness of issues which can affect older people but a chance to get involved in a whole range of fantastic activities which they might not otherwise get the chance to try out."

The event is on from 12.45pm until 5.00pm.

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