Not on the shelf yet – Kirkintilloch and Bishopbriggs seniors bucking the trend!

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EAST Dunbartonshire has one of the fastest growing elderly populations in Scotland – but it’s determined to stay one of the most dynamic.

The ‘Changing Age in East Dunbartonshire’ event will bring together speakers from various organisations, information stands and provide details of what’s on offer for senior citizens in the area.

The event, which will take place in Kirkintilloch on June 15, follows on from a similar one held last year.

By 2035, the pensionable age population in the district is projected to increase by more than 22 per cent, and the number of those aged 75 and over is expected to rise by 86 per cent.

Linda McKenna, corporate development and members’ research adviser with East Dunbartonshire Council, supports the East Dunbartonshire Equality Engagement Group, which is organising the ‘Changning Age’ event.

She said: “Over the past 18 months the group has been looking at issues in relation to older people, in particular challenging the negative perceptions.

“We want to promote the positive contribution that older people make.

“It’s not a case of when you retire you’re on the shelf. Older people have so much to give to the community.”

Linda hopes as many people as possible will attend the event in June.

She added: “In the morning we will have various speakers and there will be a question and answer session.

“Then, in the afternoon, there will be information stands from groups such as Strathclyde Police and Strathclyde Fire and Rescue.

“We’ll also have school pupils there speaking to the older people about things like mobile phone text messages.

“There will also be information about where discounts are available in the area.”

In the lead up to the event, East Dunbartonshire residents and school pupils are being urged to take part in a photography competition.

The idea is to capture an image that illustrates all aspects of the ageing process in a way that will help to change society’s perception of what it means to age.

The closing date for entries is Friday, May 25. Winning entries will be judged by the East Dunbartonshire Equality Engagement Group and will be displayed at the event.

Send entries to Photography Competition, Tom Johnston House, Civic Way, Kirkintilloch, G66 4TJ or send in a jpeg format via email to Equality@eastdunbarton.gov.uk

The Changing Age in East Dunbartonshire event will be held on Friday, June 15, in the East Dunbartonshire Campus of Further and Higher Education, Southbank Road, Kirkintilloch from 9.30am to 3.30pm. Anyone wanting to attend the morning session is asked to register by contacting Linda McKenna on 0141 578 8337 or by e-mailing linda.mckenna@eastdunbarton.gov.uk People can drop-in to the afternoon session.

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