HOP network members celebrated the UN’s International Day of Older Persons on 1 October.
The official theme was ‘The Journey to Age Equality’. The HOP event brought together older people, organisations and city leaders to understand and challenge negative stereotypes of ageing.
Guest speaker, Dr Anna Dixon, Chief Executive, Centre for Ageing Better, launched their national #AgeProud campaign at the event, and Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson sent a special video message of support.
Deputy Mayor of Liverpool, Gary Millar, signed an open letter created by the Centre for Ageing Better committing the city to talking positively about ageing. He said: “Older people should be able to remain active and cherished members of our communities for as long as possible but to be able to do this we need to tackle ageism when we see it and challenge outdated stereotypes and unhelpful language.”
Emma Riley, HOP network coordinator, said: “It was a fantastic celebration of ageing and we’re really proud to have marked the day at the Museum of Liverpool. Artist Curtis Watt inspired HOP members to create a series of poems declaring that they were #AgeProud – it was a powerful, radical and joyous celebration!”