Older residents share their stories for International older persons day


To celebrate the United Nations International Day of Older Persons, Hackney Council is sharing how older residents feel about living in Hackney, as a way to amplify the voices of older people in the borough.

Fifteen older residents have shared their memories, thoughts and feelings about living in Hackney. These are features that have been produced by Hackney Social Radio as an extension of their theatre exchange work. 

The radio pieces cover all sorts from the culture in Hackney including Gay pubs, artists squats, as well as the work people have done to create a positive social change for the borough. 

Alice McKenna, 69 talks about moving to Hackney aged 9, and what it was like growing up in the borough, she said: “Hackney is in my heart, I wouldn’t want to live anywhere else.”

Cllr Yvonne Maxwell, Mayoral Advisor for Older People
These radio stories really highlight the living history our older people have, and how important it is to preserve this and share these with the younger generation. 

They also show the strong sense of community we have in Hackney, and how proud our residents are to be part of this amazing place. 

We are committed to making Hackney an age-friendly borough, we want it to be a great place for people to grow old and to thrive while doing so. Sharing stories like this is important to show that everyone should be able to live as active, healthy, and fulfilling lives as possible, no matter what their age
Cllr Yvonne Maxwell, Mayoral Advisor for Older People

Listen to the stories here: https://www.lovehackney.uk/health-and-wellbeing 

Hackney Council has an ‘Aging Well’ Strategy, which sets out how the Council is working to ensure Hackney is an age friendly borough. Find out more here: https://hackney.gov.uk/ageing-well