THE Regal in Tenbury is staging an event today that it is claimed will help people to live longer.

Organisations from across the Malvern Hills district will come together to showcase their services to help residents age well and live independently for longer.

The Living Well for Longer event will be held from 10am to 1pm

today at The Regal Cinema in Tenbury.

The free event has been organised by Malvern Hills District Council as part of Malvern Hills and Wychavon Wellbeing Week 2019 which will run from 7 to 13 October.

It will offer a variety of workshops, activities, blood pressure checks, as well as refreshments.

The timetable for the day is:

10am-1pm, Marketplace

Stalls include Citizen’s Advice Bureau, Reconnections, West Mercia Police and Stroke Association.

11am-11.30am: Suicide Prevention Talk by Rachael Leslie, consultant in public health

The event is in support of World Mental Health day which this year has a focus around Suicide Prevention.

11:30am-12:30pm: Dementia Friends Session. Learn more about dementia and how you can help to create a dementia friendly community.

12:30pm: Health Walk. A slow- paced 30-45-minute walk for all abilities around Tenbury town centre.

“As part of our commitment to improving people’s health and wellbeing, we are keen to raise awareness of the support that is on offer within the Malvern Hills district,” said Natalie McVey, portfolio holder for housing and health at Malvern Hills District Council.

“This free event is an invaluable resource for our community which aims to help people live well for longer.”

Tenbury like many rural areas has a higher than the national average number of older people who face a number of problems because of their relative isolation.

There are limited activities for older people although the day centre at Kyrebrook runs a programme of events that people are encouraged to attend.

Other opportunities for socialising are limited and because of limited public transport it is more difficult for people that do not have their own vehicles to get to towns and villages in the area.

Travel for hospital treatment for more serious conditions also involves a journey to Worcester, Kidderminster or Hereford and in some cases Birmingham.