Real pos­i­tive re­sults for age­ing expo

Wangaratta Chronicle - - Seniors Festival -

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.

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