Se­niors urged to get out­doors

The Gazette (Derwent Valley) - - FRONT PAGE - SHAUN McMANUS

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.

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