SHINING THE SPOTLIGHT ON SENIORS IN OUR COMMUNITY

SHINING THE SPOTLIGHT ON SENIORS IN OUR COMMUNITY

Queensland Seniors Week promotes positive community attitudes towards older people and ageing. During 17-25 August 2019, Seniors Week will connect communities, providing opportunities for people to share and learn new experiences, discover services and support, and assist in reducing social isolation.

According to Council on the Ageing (COTA) Queensland there are 741,00 people over the age of 65, making Queensland Seniors Week is a significant event. As one of the COTA Community Team members put it “let’s shine the spotlight on us and make us VERY visible”.

In 2019, Gladstone Regional Council has launched a bigger and better Seniors Week program.

Council has worked with regional businesses and organisations to create an engaging Seniors Week program for residents aged 55 and over across the region.

Gladstone Regional Council Mayor, Matt Burnett outlined some of the great activities planned during the weeklong celebrations. “Our senior residents can try their hand at darts, learn to play the ukulele, take yoga and meditation classes, learn self-defence, whip up a quick and healthy meal, or perfect the ancient art of Bonsai,” Cr Burnett explained.

Cr Burnett said the annual week was a way to celebrate the experiences that seniors bring to our region while providing an opportunity for people to share and learn new skills.

“The week also aims at reducing social isolation by bringing together members of our community in a fun and social setting,” he said.

Majority of events hosted at Council facilities, such as at regional libraries, Gladstone Entertainment Convention Centre, Gladstone Regional Art Gallery & Museum and Gladstone Tondoon Botanic Gardens would be free.

For more information on Seniors Week 2019, contact Council on 4970 0700, or view the full Gladstone Region Seniors Week program online https://www.gladstone.qld.gov.au/seniors-week-2019