By Yarlington | Thursday, October 17, 2013, 11:39
People are living
Residents of Pembroke close enjoy dressing up, singing and meeting Biggles
Maureen & Trevor Whittingham from Yarlington’s Queen Camel Scheme entertain residents
Yarlington resident Doris Moore with Biggles
longer and 23% of the UK will be aged 65 and over by 2035. The 1st
of October saw Older People's Day celebrated in the UK, coinciding with the UN
International Day of Older Persons.
of the day was to celebrate the achievements and contributions that older
people make to our society and the economy, and to challenge negative attitudes
and outdated stereotypes.
celebrate the day residents and staff at Yarlington Housing Group's Retirement
Living Schemes opened their doors to the community. Over 220 residents and
members of the local community joined in with a whole range of activities
taking place across schemes; from Wii competitions, to dressing up, singing,
meeting 'Biggles' and enjoying hot meals and refreshments - a lot of fun was
Pembroke Retirement Living scheme in Yeovil, resident and published author,
Derek Phillips spoke about the books he has written on local railway routes and
his work at the Yeovil Town Power Depot which sparked conversations on the
history of the town and changes people have seen over the years.
Manager at Pembroke, Barbara Dover, said 'It was very rewarding to see everyone
having such a good time, laughing and smiling, especially at the sing-a-long
and when reminiscing with neighbours. It was also great to see those that don't
normally join in come along. Everyone enjoyed the day and can't wait for the
next one - from this we will be starting a railway club and craft afternoon!'
Iris Horsfield and Doris Moore agreed 'It has been lovely, a good laugh and we
have loved the old fashioned songs and singing.'
from Yarlington's Retirement Living team also visited a number of older
residents living in general need properties to raise awareness of the support
services available to them, identify any residents that may benefit from
further contact and invite them to participate in social events at their local