Wellington cel­e­brat­ing the older gen­er­a­tion

Dubbo Photo News - - Wellington News - By NATALIE HOLMES

WELLINGTON’S older gen­er­a­tion will be left feel­ing ful­filled and in­formed thanks to planned events for Se­niors Week, which kicked off across NSW yes­ter­day (Wednesday, April 4).

“We’ve got three events hap­pen­ing dur­ing the week,” Dubbo Re­gional Coun­cil com­mu­nity ser­vices co­or­di­na­tor (east) Christy White ex­plained.

“There is a mini-expo at the Se­niors Cit­i­zens Cen­tre, morn­ing tea at Maranatha and a coun­cil­lors’ bar­be­cue.”

The mini-expo in­cludes pre­sen­ta­tions and in­for­ma­tion from var­i­ous or­gan­i­sa­tions in­clud­ing Meals on Wheels, Le­gal Aid and Live Bet­ter.

“We have in­volved a few of the providers that ser­vice the Wellington area,” Christy said.

“Le­gal Aid will be of­fer­ing in­for­ma­tion and ad­vice and are go­ing to do a short pre­sen­ta­tion about dif­fer­ent is­sues rel­e­vant to our older pop­u­la­tion... touch­ing on is­sues such as el­der abuse, the lat­ter part of life, fi­nan­cial struc­tures and wills and guardian­ship in­clud­ing Power of At­tor­ney.

“Ques­tions that tend to come up as sit­u­a­tions change or as we get older.

“Meals on Wheels, which is run by Wellington Multi-ser­vices, will be taste-test­ing, and Live Bet­ter com­mu­nity trans­port will be there with in­for­ma­tion.

“Ru­san Hill, the chronic health co­or­di­na­tor from Wellington Health Ser­vice, will be talk­ing on falls pre­ven­tion and re­lated in­for­ma­tion.

“There will also be some lovely lo­cal pro­duce for morn­ing tea, maybe even scones and cream!”

Christy de­scribed the day as a “great op­por­tu­nity for peo­ple to come and gain in­for­ma­tion on dif­fer­ent lo­cal ser­vices”.

“We hold Se­niors Week ac­tiv­i­ties ev­ery year... Coun­cil also sup­ports it. Some years we also do a day trip.”

Se­niors will get to have lunch with coun­cil­lors at the bar­be­cue which Christy de­scribed as a “nice re­laxed event”.

“They will be able to meet and chat with new coun­cil­lors and get to know them.”

Christy said that Wellington has a very con­struc­tive se­niors com­mu­nity who are ac­tively in­volved in lo­cal life.

“We have a very strong se­niors cen­tre within a highly pro-ac­tive se­niors group in Wellington. A lot of hard-work­ing vol­un­teers who are vol­un­teer­ing five days a week are se­niors. They are a faith­ful bunch and Se­niors Week is a small ap­pre­ci­a­tion of the group, of what they do for the com­mu­nity and var­i­ous or­gan­i­sa­tions.

“Se­niors mean a lot to the com­mu­nity and th­ese events are a cel­e­bra­tion of that. It’s also a good way to en­tice those who may not be part of it to bring them out. Get­ting peo­ple talk­ing and so­cial­is­ing – that’s an im­por­tant part of when you get older and they are one part of the com­mu­nity that we want to cel­e­brate and get them to­gether.”

The theme of the 60th an­nual Se­niors Week in NSW is Let’s Do More To­gether.


z En­ter­tain­ment and morn­ing tea at Maranatha House from 10.15-11.30am on April 9 z Mini-expo at Wellington Se­niors Cen­tre from 10am on April 11 z Bar­be­cue with coun­cil­lors at Wellington Se­niors Cen­tre from 12pm on April 12

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