Benalla Ensign

Older persons day celebrated

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Age Friendly Benalla supplies a regular column to The Ensign. This week it looks at the Internatio­nal Day of Older Persons.

To celebrate the United Nations Internatio­nal Day of Older Persons, Age-Friendly North East Victoria is hosting a conversati­on on Thursday, September 30, about the way we connect and build relationsh­ips in the real and online world.

The theme of this year’s Internatio­nal Day of Older Persons is “digital equity for all ages”, which emphasis- es the need for access and meaningful digital participat­ion for older people across the globe.

Yet digital access and participat­ion only tells half the story.

In this conversati­on we’ll explore how, in a COVIDshape­d world, older people are fostering social connection online and in the real world.

Dr Kathleen Brasher will be joined by guest panellists: • Rodd Farr, President U3A

Albury Wodonga;

• Coral Love, Mudgegonga resident with experience working with communitie­s across Australia; and

• Jenny Steer, volunteer at the Wangaratta Digital Hub, who will explore the motivation­s, successes and challenges in connecting online and maintainin­g real-world relationsh­ips.

The event will be held online via Zoom from 10am to 11am, Thursday, September 30.

● Register at www. eventbrite.com.au/e/ physically-distantsoc­ially-connectedt­ickets-1716706405­07

● For more informatio­n, or to register, please contact James Dunne at james. dunne@upperhumep­cp. org.au or 0427 659 721.

 ?? Paul Miller Photo: AAP/ ?? Get involved: Seniors in Benalla can take part in an online conversati­on this Internatio­nal Day of Older Persons.
Paul Miller Photo: AAP/ Get involved: Seniors in Benalla can take part in an online conversati­on this Internatio­nal Day of Older Persons.

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