Inaugural Seniors Expo promotes benefits of healthy, engaged lifestyles
Social inclusion, engagement and communication were among the key themes of a special Seniors Expo...
Social inclusion, engagement and communication were among the key themes of a special Seniors Expo hosted by Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale at the Serpentine Jarrahdale Community Recreation Centre last week.
Attended by nearly 200 residents, the expo was used to launch the Shire’s new Seniors Lifestyle Program, which provides health, lifestyle and entertainment activities for local seniors.
Exhibits and presentations were staged by various service providers and community groups, including Memory Nurture, Advocare, Dementia Australia, Rise Network, SJ Lions Club, Jarrahdale Heritage Society and Australian Hearing.
Morning tea and lunch was provided by 20 students from Serpentine Jarrahdale Grammar School’s hospitality program, with members of local church groups serving refreshments. Attendees were also shown a ‘Strong on Your Feet’ demonstration by the Seniors Recreation Council Peel and had the opportunity to participate in a modified Zumba dance program.
Shire President Cr Michelle Rich said the event doubled as a platform to launch the Shire’s Seniors Lifestyle Program, designed in consultation with local seniors.
“Being part of an inclusive and socially vibrant community is important for everyone, but particularly so for seniors,” Cr Rich said.
“Through programs like the Seniors Expo and Seniors Lifestyle Program we’re aiming to provide residents with a range of local active living programs so they aren’t forced to travel outside the Shire to socialise and participate in community programs.
“This is the first time we’ve hosted a Seniors Expo and I’m pleased to say it was a resounding success. We hope those who attended got something out of the day and look forward to growing the expo in the future.”
The Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale Seniors Lifestyle Program is supported by the Department of Communities and includes a range of activities and programs designed to help seniors become more active, informed, entertained and outgoing.