OLDER people will be invited to a week-long event which aims to tackle the views associated with ageing.

Activities such as walking football, pilates, circuit training and bowls will be on offer at the Active Ageing week.

The event is a partnership between the University of Worcester and the International Council on Active Ageing. The initiative highlights positive ageing in all aspects of life, including physical, social, spiritual, emotional, intellectual, vocational and environmental.


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It promotes the benefits of physical activity and gives examples of how the ways people can be more active in the local community.

This year’s theme is Active at Any Age and will run from October 1 to October 7.

There will be free workshops, public talks and physical activity taster sessions.

Among the options for people to try out is an introduction to walking orienteering, a supervised gym session and seated exercise.

Alongside these are a fitness and diet checks.

Sports Partnership Herefordshire and Worcestershire will be sponsoring the event for the second time.

Two public talks focus on challenging the negative aspects of ageing. Tom Howard, from the Sports Partnership Herefordshire and Worcestershire, will launch the My Age Can campaign with a talk at The Hive on October 1, starting at 1pm.

Dr Maggie Keeble, from Integrated Care for Older Persons Worcestershire, will deliver a talk on Negative to Positive: Changing the image of Ageing at The Hive, on October 2, starting at 12pm.

Worcester was the first place in the UK to host an Active Ageing Week last year.