Voy­age, a dream es­cape at home

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - NEWS - Vera Ber­tola

AS AGE creeps up on us, the mind is of­ten still willing but the body stiff­ens in protest and says “no”.

With­out a cre­ative op­tion out­side the square, our se­niors of­ten are omit­ted from ac­tiv­i­ties or op­por­tu­ni­ties if they aren’t overly mo­bile.

How­ever, the kindly staff at Minch­in­bury Manor res­i­den­tial aged care fa­cil­ity, at Rooty Hill, re­cently took res­i­dents on an “imag­i­nary cruise”. The Minch­in­bury

Love Boat pulled into the fa­cil­ity port and in­vited pas­sen­gers to board.

Minch­in­bury Manor ex­ec­u­tive man­ager Lynn Mow­bray said much plan­ning had gone into the ac­tiv­ity.

“Care re­cip­i­ents had their pass­port pho­tos taken and all were is­sued with board­ing passes ready for the big day,” Ms Mow­bray said.

“Pas­sen­gers then boarded, set­ting sail at 500 knots for New Cale­do­nia.”

The sea­far­ers – once they had their sea legs – were treated to ev­ery­thing they would have en­joyed on a real cruise.

Ms Mow­bray said ev­ery­one got into the cruis­ing spirit with a sin­ga­long and hula danc­ing lessons be­fore buck­ling down for mock­tail­mak­ing classes and quoits.

At the end of the day, cruis­ers en­joyed a cap­tain’s cock­tail sup­per, with en­ter­tain­ment and danc­ing – be­fore dis­em­bark­ing at 8.30pm.

En­joy­ing an imag­i­nary cruise.

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