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Thinking about older people in Camden

To mark the upcoming International Day of Older Persons on 1 October, here’s a reminder about some of the support available for older people in our community. Take a look, whether for yourself or so you can tell an older friend, neighbour or relative.

Stay active

With excellent facilities and a dedicated active health team in the Council, Camden is a great place to lead an active older life. Did you know?

  • Camden’s Later Life Community Exercise classes are free for the first session
  • Free swimming is available at most of our facilities for Camden residents over 60 years, weekdays 7am to 12pm

Visit camden.gov.uk/activehealth or call 020 7974 4444 for more information.

Try new things

Why not try something new? Millman Street, part of the Holborn Community Association, provides a welcoming, lively space for all older people. They provide a range of activities such as tai-chi, yoga, comedy improvisation and play reading, arts and crafts as well as intergenerational activities. OurCamden may also be what you’re looking for to get out in the community, with events and activities listed across Camden.

Keep connected

  • Ageing Better Camden (ABC) is a partnership of older people and Camden organisations working together to tackle social isolation and loneliness. In its first year, the programme helped over 1,000 older people get out to a social group or local activity in the borough and 196 older people to connect with friends and family using an iPad.
  • North London Cares is a community network of young professionals and older neighbours offering one another a little extra time, practical help, social connection and human companionship. Learn more at: northlondoncares.org.uk.

Supporting those who may be experiencing domestic abuse

We want to support residents of every age to live happy, healthy lives. Sadly, with 1 in 4 women and 1 in 6 men affected by domestic violence and abuse in their lifetime, domestic abuse can happen to anyone at any age. We want to let our older residents know that they’re not alone and that it’s never too late to get help and support. If you are experiencing domestic abuse, or are worried about a friend or family member, call our dedicated support service Camden Safety Net on 020 7974 2526 or visit camden.gov.uk/know. Read Rosa’s story to find out how Camden Safety Net is helping people in the borough.

Learn more

Visit Camden Care Choices for a full listing of resources for older people in Camden. You may also want to download the Camden Companion guide for advice on healthy living in Camden.