Positive Ageing Month We are celebrating Positive Ageing Month! Positive Ageing Month takes place in October and celebrates the contribution that older people make to their communities and society. Age NI will be using this month as an opportunity to encourage people to look on ageing as a positive process, and to highlight what people ‘love about later life’ Taking ‘love later life’ as the theme for the campaign, we will be highlighting the various ways in which older people ‘love later life’, whether that be skydiving from a plane at 100 years old, giving back to their community through volunteering or looking after grandchildren! As part of the campaign, we will be encouraging all our supporters to get involved. Read on to find out how you can do this. Have fun and thank you! I love later life because... As part of our campaign for Positive Ageing Month we asked David, an Age NI volunteer what he loves about later life. "I love later life because as I have got older, I have become more aware of myself, of the world around me and of things I like to do. I'm retired so I have a lot of time to do things I like, like cycling or reading or writing stories. The extra time you have as you get older, its wonderful" - David Florida James, Age NI volunteer. How you can get involved Host a Positive Ageing month celebration To celebrate Positive Ageing Month, why not organise a get together for your family, friends or colleagues? Pop the kettle on, get the sweet treats in and get everyone together to celebrate everything there is to love about later life.. Take a picture with our pledge card You can download our pledge card below, we would love it if you could take some photos. The pledge cards ask people to share what they love about later life – this could be anything from having more time to do hobbies and activities, to spending time with family and friends. Send them back to us and we’ll share them on our social media channels. Download Pledge Card Email your photos Share your story Throughout the month of October, we’re asking people to share what they love about later life. Send us your stories. We would love to share these on our social media channels. Take lots of photos and videos We’d love to see what you get up to during Positive Ageing Month, so make sure you take lots of photos and videos, and we will share them on Age NI’s social media channels. Or if you’re active on social media, tag Age NI and use the hashtags #PositiveAgeingMonth #LoveLaterLife Get in touch with your local Age Friendly champion Get in touch and ask what they are doing for older people in your local community. Share their ideas of what they think would help improve the experience of older people. Reach out and connect with others Unfortunately not everyone has a positive experience of ageing, for many different reasons. Look out for those older people and start a conversation. A small gesture such as a passing hello and friendly smile can make all the difference. Check out what events your local council is hosting The 11 councils across Northern Ireland often host events for older people during Positive Ageing Month. If you’re looking for something fun to do, why not see what they are doing in October.