In the period between 26th September and 2nd October, the senior residents of the capital city will have a chance to participate in over 130 events. Trips, lectures, concerts, water aerobics, Qigong classes and free-of-charge health assessments – it’s only a sample of what the seniors can expect.
Warsaw dedicates an entire week to celebrations of the International Day of Older Persons. This year museums, cinemas, theatres, public libraries, sports and leisure centres, private businesses and non-governmental organisations prepared a range of special services for seniors to celebrate their day.
“During the Warsaw Senior Week, there will be something for everyone,” announced Joanna Dolińska, Dobek, Deputy Director of the Welfare & Social Projects Department. During the entire week, there will be opportunities to participate in lectures, workshops, film screenings, trips, shows, concerts and exhibitions held at several dozen venues in Warsaw.” Some of the events require advance booking.
“I am delighted that there are so many events in Warsaw for us, senior citizens. It promotes senior activity,” said Marek Bryłowski, the Deputy Chairperson of the Warsaw Council of Seniors.
Persons interested in the history of Warsaw will have an opportunity to partake in themed tours and guided walks.
Physically active persons will also find something to their liking. Sporting and leisure centres offer free water aerobics, gymnastics and Nordic walking classes. Entry to the swimming pools will cost the symbolic 1 zloty. The National Museum offers the qigong or Chinese gymnastics workshops. During the entire week selected venues will provide free health assessments. Each day in every district, there will be a chance to see a specialist and check the level of fat tissue, glucose, measure blood pressure, test hearing, and consult the choice of an appropriate hearing aid.
It would also be a good idea to go to the lectures on nutrition and metabolic diseases, e-banking, internet safety as well as language, IT, decoupage and memory training workshops. During the Warsaw Senior Week single seniors will have an opportunity to find their other halves at the restaurant AiOLI inspired by MINI located at Plac Konstytucji 5, which organises the so called speed dates and intergenerational dances.
The Warsaw Senior Week will conclude on 2nd October with a traditional picnic at Ogród Saski organised by the Little Brothers of the Poor Association. In the park alleys, city institutions, companies and non-governmental organisations will present their products and services aimed at seniors. Aside from free health assessments and consultations, there will also be a Digital Senior Support Point, where seniors will get advice on how to use tablets and smart phones. DJ Vika will make sure to play some good music to dance to.
The Senior Week is under the honorary patronage of the Warsaw Council of Seniors.
Seniors in the capital
In 2015, there were 463,000 residents over 60 in Warsaw – which is 26% of the city’s population. Statistically, 65-year old Varsovians will live longer than their counterparts in other parts of the Mazowsze Region and Poland by 1 and 1.5 year, respectively. The Central Statistical Office estimated that in 2050, the number of Warsaw residents in the post-working age will increase in comparison to the year 2014 by 105,700, i.e. by 22%. The predicted trend indicates the necessity for taking actions aimed at ensuring a decent standard of living to the seniors of Warsaw.