Events at Hampshire libraries to help older residents

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EVENTS are being held at libraries across Hampshire to celebrate the contribution older people make to society.

Sessions being held to mark this Year’s International Day of Older People on Tuesday are focusing on tackling social isolation and helping people learn new skills.

Many sessions are IT-related, after figures revealed 43 per cent of people aged over 75 in the UK have never used the internet.

Councillor Anna McNair Scott said: ‘Many older residents continue to help support the economy by working for longer or providing care and support for their grandchildren enabling parents to work. There are a wide range of older volunteers helping in their community perhaps by driving community transport or running groups sharing their experience and knowledge and providing vital social interaction.

‘We need to support older residents to stay active and learn new skills to help improve their wellbeing.’

For details on events call on 01794 519495 or visit http://www3.hants.gov.uk/library.

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