Silver Sunday takes place every first Sunday in October. That is why today we’ll be looking into what the day’s purpose is and how it can help elderly communities.
What is Silver Sunday?
Silver Sunday began as a local campaign launched by the Sir Simon Milton Foundation in 2012. Their aim was to tackle loneliness and isolation among the elderly. However, it has quickly grown and become a national day. The day consists of free, fun activities and events at different locations across the country. These events are not only to tackle loneliness but to celebrate the older generation. As well as, to thank them for everything they have contributed to society.
A whole array of people help to make Silver Sunday a very special day. Such as, but not limited to, faith halls, care homes, pubs, galleries, libraries, fire stations, parks, riverbanks, sports grounds homes. This is all alongside over 100 organisations such as Bupa, English National Ballet, and the Royal Albert Hall pledging their support and planning their Silver Sunday activities.
Why is it So Important?
According to statistics outlined by the Silver Sunday website, there are 1.4 million older people living in England that are often lonely. They also outline that loneliness causes the same damage to health as smoking 15 cigarettes a day, increases likelihood of mortality by 26%, as well as increasing the risk of dementia.
Silver Sunday activities span far and wide and attempt to be accessible to all. They give older people who may not usually have the opportunity to be social the chance to get out, have some fun, and meet new people. All things that are vital to our mental and physical health.
Click here to find out how you can join an event or even run one yourself!
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