Seniors urged to get outdoors
THE theme of Tasmanian Seniors Week this year is the outdoors, and attendees at the official launch have received a healthy dose.
Seniors Week, which runs from October 16-22, was officially launched at the picturesque Mt Field National Park last week.
Lorraine Homewood, 78, of West Hobart, has not been to a Seniors Week event for a number of years, but after the successful Mt Field launch, she plans to attend some activities.
“Mt Field is a delightful place to visit, it’s less than an hour from Hobart and at any season of the year since moving to Tassie from South Australia in 1975, I’ve visited and camped in all seasons,” Ms Homewood said.
“It was really great, and the bonus was that I met up with a couple that I haven’t seen for probably 40 years.
“[I love] being with other people, all with similar interests and the same age.”
Organised by the Council on the Ageing Tasmania, Seniors Week recognises and promotes healthy ageing in the community.
Across Tasmania, more than 600 events will be held providing opportunities to be creative and find new hobbies, increase knowledge and pass on skills, have fun and make new friends.
COTA chief executive Sue Leitch said there would be something for everyone.
“Research identified an appetite among patrons for more outdoor gentle leisure options during Seniors Week,” Ms Leitch said.
“However, while getting outdoors is a special focus, the statewide Seniors Week program again provides a wide variety of events.”
The free Seniors Week guide is available from LINCs, libraries, Service Tasmania shops, community health centres and selected pharmacies.