Real positive results for ageing expo
AN introduction to the latest technology available to help improve vision and hearing were popular attractions at the Positive Ageing Expo held at the HP Barr Reserve on Tuesday.
Around 200 people turned out for the event which featured 26 stallholders showcasing everything from facts on managing superannuation and pensions and safety around the home, to how to keep fit, healthy and connected in the local community.
Rural City of Wangaratta aged and disability services coordinator Leonie Painter said representatives from The Centre and Wangaratta Indoor Sports and Aquatic Centre kept people moving with games and exercises, while a lot of people found the CFA kitchen fire simulator, and advice on fire safety, particularly interesting.
She said council’s aged and community care personnel were also busy with enquiries about home care packages and community care in the home.
“The response from the community and stall holders exceeded all expectations of council,” she said.
“We have been requested to host another expo in six months’ time and make it a regular event.”
Council will be holding an Age-Friendly Communities Forum on Tuesday, November 27 at the Wangaratta Performing Arts & Convention Centre.
Ms Painter said it will be an opportunity to workshop ideas from the community on how they think their life in the community can be more age-friendly.