Growing older happily

People can become more isolated as they get older, as they lose their closest friends and contact with their families proves difficult. This may lead to unhappiness and insecurity abou the future; however this could change.

A sketch show presented by older people and the staff and volunteers at Age UK North Craven offers a recipe for happiness in later life at our upcoming Festival of Happiness. This is a show all about boosting an older person's happiness based on Age UK advice. Taking the form of five short snippets, the show will explore five ways to keep happy in later life:

1. Smile

2. Keep busy

3. Talk to someone

4. Help others

5. Live in the moment

Props from the fancy dress department will be used to bring the comedy to life and ensure an hour of laughter for everyone.

We wanted to get to know Sue Bradley, the Chief Officer at Age UK North Craven before the event at the Festival of Happiness:

Q: My favourite word, and why?

Tomorrow - because there's always a future.

Q: What was the last book you read?

"Vivid Faces - the revolutionary generation in Ireland" - insight into the people involved in the 1916 Easter Rising.

Q: What is your earliest memory?

Early Sunday morning at the door of my parents’ door when I was 2 - I think?

Q: What, if anything, do you owe your parents?

My moral compass.

Q: What do you consider to be your greatest achievement?

Raising two functioning human beings

Q: What is your screensaver?

looking from Penyghent to Pendle Hill - this mist through Ribblesdale - taken by Judith Allinson.

Q: Do you have a guilty pleasure, and if so, what?

A wee dram of whisky when I return home after an entertaining evening.

Q: When were you happiest?

After the birth of my first child - as someone adopted very young she was my first experience of a blood relative.... Hey and she's just messaged me - spooky or wot!


Do join us at A Recipe for Happiness at the Festival of Happiness on Sat 27th May - 2.00pm-3pm at the Friends Meeting House in Settle. This is just one of 20 FREE events at the Festival.