Over 50s learn new skills in Camden

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By JulieGK | Monday, February 25, 2013, 20:35

Over 50s might now be more adept at using an iPad after attending last Wednesday's up-skilling session in Camden.

The event, run by Camden Council and partners was attended by more than 180 people, with workshops ranging from painting to ping pong.

Attendees were able to visit stalls and take part in workshops to find out what is available for them in Camden, as well as help shape future services in the borough. There were discussions on memory services, being a carer in later life, safeguarding, support with 'end of life planning', tele and health care and age friendly communities.

A key theme of the day was increasing choice for older people and giving them more control over the care and support they want.

Councillor Pat Callaghan, Cabinet member for adult social care and health, said: "As people get older it's so important that they keep active and know where to go to get help when they need it. Getting this right and keeping people involved can improve everyone's quality of life.

"Events such as this do a lot to highlight the contributions older people make to the borough. Members of the quality of life panel helped to plan the event and ran some of the sessions which were designed to boost the confidence and skill set of older people. The 'using your iPad' class was more popular than 'using the internet' session which goes to show how older people can become just as in touch with new technologies as the younger generation."

Studies show that continuing to learn can increase quality of life as people get older – something art workshop attendee, Freda de Silva, can attest to: "I love to paint, it's relaxing and so therapeutic."

The Department for Work and Pensions provided 15 volunteers for the day. Haverstock School had five social care students who also volunteered, showing older people how to use the internet and email.



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