Older People’s Day

International Day of Older People 2017


The International Day of Older Persons (IDOP) is held each year on the 1st October.  This is the nineteenth year year in which LOPF has celebrated this event and the theme for IDOP 2017 was Diversity of older people

About IDOP 

International Day of Older People is celebrated worldwide on the 1 October each year; in Leeds we stretch the celebration out over a week to allow organisations to hold events to celebrate the contribution that older people make to the city.

IDOP Leeds 2017 Community Events 

The theme for 2017 was Diversity of Older People and a range of events took  place over the course of 15 days. Sixteen of these events a small grant from the IDOP Leeds Community Events fund.

You can read about several of the events which took place in the IDOP Community Events 2017 report which can be downloaded here

Celebrating diversity

The wide range of events reflected the diversity of the older population in Leeds. Some events had a learning disability element which was a first for IDOP Leeds and it is a positive development for this annual event.

One such event saw Rothwell & District Gateway club take a group of its members to a local restaurant to promote how older adults with learning disabilities can be valued members of the community.

Celebrating people

Other groups which have been under-represented in previous IDOP celebrations include the older LGBT*people and homeless people.

The Sage project ran an event offering people the chance to learn more about the issues for older LGBT* people who are living with Dementia.

St Anne’s held an older clients event which  also recognised the reduced life expectancy and health inequalities of homeless clients.

People coming together

A few events also saw local organisations coming together to celebrate IDOP Leeds and diversity in the form of cultural exchange. West Yorkshire Playhouse brought together their Heydays group with member of the Sikh Elders community to celebrate the diversity of older people in Leeds through music and the spoken word.

The Tenant and Engagement team took a group of their older residents to visit a Mosque to learn more and broaden their understanding of different cultures, faiths and lifestyles.


As always there were events which are intergenerational something that LOPF is supportive of as we feel it is important for different generations to come together.

Armley Helping Hands and Caring Together in Woodhouse and Little London were two such examples, both organisations do excellent intergenerational work and their IDOP events reflected this.

Celebrating community contribution

Some events saw groups celebrating their own community’s contribution to Leeds. The Black Health Initiative held an event that celebrated their contribution to the community by sharing traditional songs, music, dance and stories.

About IDOP

Each year, since 1998, Leeds has celebrated the International Day of Older People (1st October). In Leeds celebrations extend beyond that day usually for around a week and a half.

The theme changes each year. This year the theme was Health and Wellbeing. The events change each year but we stick to the same core format.

*Community events: a number of community events based around that year’s theme take place across the city. Organisations and groups are offered small grants (normally up to £200) to do this and there is an application procedure.