Ageing Well in East Sussex

Ageing Well Festival

East Sussex Seniors’ Association (ESSA) has now had 13 successful years of celebrating Older People’s Day (traditionally celebrated on 1 October) with events across the county.

Last year, with the support of seniors forums across the county, we shook things up. 2020 saw the launch of the all new Ageing Well Festival, bringing a vibrant and empowering outlook on life after 50.

The Ageing Well Festival celebrated all the wonderful things people over the age of 50 contribute to our communities. To inspire generations to live long and full lives, and to show you’re never too old to work on your health and wellbeing, and above all have fun.

As a result of COVID-19, and on advice from East Sussex Public Health, it was not possible to arrange and promote physical events for 2020′s celebration. Instead, event organisers were quick to adapt, bringing the people of East Sussex a number of virtual events and a series of inspirational stories.

Events took place online throughout September and October with a range of informative events, quizzes and creative activities. Feedback was received from 14 event organisers, and from 13 attendees at 6 separate events. Organisers and attendees were both generally positive about these events, finding them easy to organise and to take part in. Most organisers said that, even if there were an option to hold a physical event in the future, they would be happy to organise a similar, virtual event in future years.

You can find out more about the Ageing Well Festival, and the events that took place, on the Your East Sussex website.

Planning for Older People’s Day Celebrations in 2021 will begin soon and we will provide updates when available.