Almost 700 million people are now over the age of 60. By 2050, 2 billion people, over 20 percent of the world’s population, will be 60 or older. According to Statistics New Zealand, here in Aotearoa by 2051, there will be over 1.14 million people aged 65 years and over. They are expected to make up 25.5 percent (or 1 in every 4) of all New Zealanders (4.49 million). That’s a significant group of part of why the United Nations has an official International Day of Older Persons, and why Christchurch City Council has an Ageing Together Policy.
The Positive Ageing Expo is a fun day combining information about services for older adults with free entertainment. Chat with librarians – their stand will display some items from the collection, promote the Christchurch Photo Hunt, rest home services, Outreach and public programmes.
Exhibitors will cover areas such as Health and Wellbeing; Recreation; Staying safe; Nutrition; Social Opportunities; and Transport Options.
Library resources for older people
We have many resources and services that can be of use to older people, including: Audiobooks; eBooks; Large Print books; eMagazines; DVDs with subtitles or captions for the hearing impaired
A caterpillar bus will take people from the Sawyers Arms Road gates to the gymnasium where the exhibits. Parking for cars is available at the rear of the school. Over 120 exhibitors are offering services and information for older adults and their families.
There will be entertainment throughout the day. Food and beverages available to purchase, and there will also some free light refreshments.
The International Day of Older Persons (1 October) is just round the corner, which means that it’s almost time for the yearly Positive Ageing Expo.
The Expo will take place on Monday 28 September, from 9.30am to 2.30pm. As in past years, the Expo will be held at Papanui High School, and promises to be a fun day combining information about services for older adults with free entertainment.
Exhibitors will include:
health and wellbeing organisations, including the Canterbury DHB and Pegasus Health;
banks and Government organisations;
community organisations and trusts;
rest homes and retirement villages;
And of course staff from various units of the Christchurch City Council will also be there. Make sure to pop in to visit our mobile library van which will be parked onsite. We look forward to saying hello and to chatting about the many ways in which we can help you enjoy our vast selection of print, audio and online resources.