International Day of Older People (IDOP) is celebrated each year on 01 October and has a different theme each year. This year’s theme is Linking Lives.
We hope IDOP 2021 will bring people and communities together (literally and/or figuratively), raise awareness and celebrate the strength of the diversity of older people and communities across Leeds. Supporting the ambition for Leeds to be the best city to grow old in.
Communities carry the stories, teachings and experiences of their elders; the inherited memories of what happened to people over many generations and the last year will be another chapter in the storytelling for many older people and diverse communities in our city. Everyone will have had a different experience and a different journey.
The aim of IDOP Leeds is to ensure that the City of Leeds promotes and celebrates the International Day of Older Persons and promotes the values of:
- a positive view of old age
- older people being enabled to lead active healthy and involved lives as citizens of the city
- full participation of older people in the decisions and processes which affect their lives
- challenging the barriers faced by older people to independence, inclusion and equality
- older people being treated with respect and dignity at all times
IDOP in Leeds is organised by our partner Leeds Older People’s Forum with the support of Leeds City Council Public Health, Leeds City Council Adult & Health Equality and Diversity, Leeds City Council Museums & Galleries, Leeds City Council Libraries and Information Service and older people themselves.
The following events are taking place across Leeds throughout September and October. Details are subject to change so please check directly with the organisers. You can also download a full programme of events here: IDOP programme.