Are you one of Cornwall’s inspiring 60 over 60s?

Are you aged 60 or over and could you inspire others to live and age well? Do you know someone over 60 who encourages you to follow their example and do something to live happily and healthily? If so we want your nominations to help us find Cornwall’s #60over60.

The Council is launching the “60 over 60” campaign to find residents whose stories can inspire others to make small changes to their lives. The campaign aims to shift the sometimes negative perceptions of ageing and celebrate the valuable contributions that older residents make to the community.

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The long-term aim of the campaign is to encourage more people to think about the positive steps that they can take to live happily and healthily, including becoming more active and making more social connections.

Cornwall Council cabinet portfolio holder for adults Rob Rotchell said: “There is growing evidence that social isolation and inactivity are contributing greatly towards some of the health issues we are facing today.

“We know that there are many over 60s in Cornwall who are good examples of ageing well.  They can help others see that sometimes making a small change, getting out of the house, indulging in a new hobby or volunteering can be a huge benefit to their ongoing good health”

Being more active has a number of benefits, for example, reducing the risk of falls – a leading cause of injury and confidence issues in people over 65. Research also suggests that having close social connections and taking part in social activities can enhance physical and emotional wellbeing in later life.

Lucy Teagle from Newquay is going to nominate her mum Tess, an Instagram sensation.  Lucy says: “She’s formed a great connection with the people who follow her, she puts on photos of things she enjoys and mean something to her.

“Her health and happiness has improved as a result.  She’s gone on lots of walks around Cornwall and generally being more active has helped her a lot. I think her Instagram account inspires other people as she proves you don’t have to know loads about technology to be able to do something like this”.

People can nominate themselves or others and there is no set idea on what ageing well looks like. It could be that you or someone you know who is over 60, goes for a swim every day, no matter the weather.  You may be a volunteer, or you know someone who has a keen interest in art, or they just have a positive outlook on life which helps them maintain a happy and healthy lifestyle.

People can nominate online, with entries being shortlisted by a panel including Cllr Rob Rotchell, Nigel Clark from Age UK Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly and Tarn Lamb from Cornwall Neighbourhoods for Change to find the top 60 over 60s who can inspire us all to get out there and live life to the full.

Profiles of the top 60 people will be shared across media and social media as part of the campaign with the aim of inspiring others to make their own positive plans to age well.

Visit our 60 over 60 webpage to find out more information about the scheme and how to nominate.

Posted on 10 April