Pos­i­tive age­ing is not just a term - it’s a life­style

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

THE Dou­glas Shire Se­niors Inc was formed to fill a need in the se­nior com­mu­nity.

But let’s think about the whole con­cept of age­ing.

A verse from the book Re­tired - But Still Serv­ing sums it up - For some, its years since they re­tired And still their life is very full. But maybe we should say “ful­filled” For oth­er­wise it would be dull. Time has now come when we see that it is im­por­tant to bring a “new out­look” on this whole area of age­ing.

The aim is to re­alise the goal of cre­at­ing com­mu­ni­ties that wel­come age­ing through col­lab­o­ra­tive as­so­ci­a­tion with older Aus­tralians in ap­pro­pri­ate re­search and devel­op­ment in plan for fu­ture needs.

This can be done by pro­mot­ing and fa­cil­i­tat­ing in­for­ma­tion, train­ing and so­cial events for all re­tirees, util­is­ing the time skills and en­ergy of in­di­vid­ual mem­bers in achiev­ing goals and par­tic­i­pat­ing in lo­cal and na­tional projects and en­gage with them.

This maybe a time to think of the groups of peo­ple and in­di­vid­u­als in this age­ing area such as pen­sion­ers rent­ing or own­ing their own homes, self-funded re­tirees, mem­bers of com­mu­nity groups and res­i­dents of aged care vil­lages.

Look­ing at these peo­ple we could put them into four groups - the bat­tlers who take life as it comes, the self-suf­fi­cient pen­sion­ers who own their own homes, the self-funded re­tirees and still work­ing busi­ness peo­ple of the same age.

What is pos­i­tive age­ing all about? To­tal re­tire­ment is bad for your health, says Jill Weeks, author of 21 Ways to Re­tire.

Peo­ple un­der­es­ti­mate the value of work and its role in con­tribut­ing to a per­son’s health and well­be­ing.

If you are in­ter­ested then give James a call on 4098 5335 or John on 4054 3250.

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