Be­ing ac­tive makes all ok

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - OPINION -

d470033 SE­NIORS in Bel­mont are be­ing en­cour­aged to snap up Sil­verS­port fund­ing be­fore the 12-month trial pe­riod ends.

The Sil­verS­port pro­gram pro­vides fi­nan­cial as­sis­tance of up to $200 to put to­wards sport­ing club mem­ber­ships or phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity pro­gram fees.

The City ap­proved more than 300 ap­pli­ca­tions by the end of March.

Res­i­dent Les­ley Wal­lis joined the Bel­mont Oa­sis Leisure Cen­tre gym with her Sil­verS­port fund­ing, and de­scribed it as the best de­ci­sion she’s made.

“For older peo­ple like my­self it is some­times dif­fi­cult to come to grips with not feel­ing wanted and not be­ing needed. I have got­ten around this by im­prov­ing my en­ergy lev­els, my sleep­ing pat­tern has changed, my eat­ing habits have im­proved, I have a sense that it is al­right to be older, be­cause I can still im­prove my fit­ness and strength,” she said.

“I have taken my health into my own hands, and I have con­trol of what hap­pens to my body.”

Mayor Phil Marks en­cour­aged se­niors to take ad­van­tage of the pro­gram be­fore June 30, as the State Gov­ern­ment has not com­mit­ted to ex­tend­ing Sil­verS­port be­yond the trial pe­riod at this stage.

Ap­pli­cants must be 60 years or over and have a valid Health Care Card or Pen­sioner Con­ces­sion Card to be el­i­gi­ble – a Se­niors Card is not suit­able. For more in­for­ma­tion, visit bel­mont.wa.gov.au.

Pic­ture: Martin Ken­nealey

Les­ley Wal­lis ben­e­fit­ting from Sil­verS­port fund­ing.

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