By Gerard Howard, SECC Community Builders
‘Entertainment with a message’ was the key to a very successful Positive Ageing Celebration held at Eastlakes Community Centre on 13th June, 2017.
South Eastern Community Connect partnered with Bayside Council to host a program that kept the packed audience enthralled. At times people were left thoughtful and reflective, at other times they were left laughing with delight.
The Positive Ageing Celebration was based around the United Nations World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. Guest Speaker, Vicky Johnston, Deli Women and Children’s Centre, spoke on this theme, outlining the importance of maintaining the dignity of the person against various types of elder abuse.
The gathering then settled into a brief meditation session, followed by an art expression activity conducted by the very creative Maria Rosa Casanova, who shares her artistic flair voluntarily in the local area.
Next, the Older Women’s Network Theatre Group gave an engaging performance which highlighted in a very entertaining way, the themes of elder abuse and the dignity of ageing.
Patricia Lynch, a Physiotherapist from the Area Health Service, then demonstrated some key gentle exercises which assist with maintaining balance and preventing falls in the elderly. These exercises are part of the Stepping On Falls Prevention initiative, a free program which is available locally.
Illiana’s Belly Dance group then injected much energy into the program, so much so that many in the audience got to their feet & danced to the exotic rhythms of the music. Illiana emphasized the importance of remaining active and healthy as we all age.
A series of lucky door prizes were then drawn, followed by a delicious lunch being served. This gave the audience an opportunity to visit information tables staffed by local services including Kingsford Legal Centre, Ability Links, the Police, South Eastern Community Connect and Bayside Council.
All in all, June 13th in Eastlakes did indeed see a very Positive Ageing Celebration!
If you recently had the Rabbitoh’s Aaron Gray and his mum Julie knocking on your door this weekend, don’t be surprised: Aaron is taking a break from training to score some points for the seniors in our community.
The arrival of My Aged Care is a major change to the aged care sector, with clients, not-for-profit organisations and commercial providers still finding their way around the new system.
By September 2017, in keeping with the changes in our sector, South Eastern Community Connect will be adding Home Care Packages to its services.
Through your Home Care Package the Government pays for the services you need to live independently at home. The choice of services is yours so you can get all the support you need and only the support you need in a way that suits your personal situation.
As part of National Volunteer Week we took our volunteers out for lunch at the Randwick Golf Club on 11 May 2017. 35 volunteers enjoyed the food, the company and the venue.
“South Eastern Community Connect could not operate without our devoted and generous volunteers, and occasions like this give us the opportunity to say thank you to them,” says Volunteer Coordinator Sue Ohanian. “I always like to mark the occasion with a certificate and a small gift for each volunteer, “ she adds.
It is the personal friendships in our volunteer community that make this event so special every year, and everyone looks forward to catching up in a relaxed setting.
Volunteering is, however, so much more than just a feelgood activity. A recent press release from the Prime Minister contains some interesting statistics about volunteering:
“… About one third of the Australian population undertake volunteering making an estimated annual contribution of $290 billion to the nation’s economic and social good. According to a study by economists at John Hopkins University, the economic value of volunteer work is 21% of government consumption expenditure – the largest share of any developed country. Only Africa at 23 % has a higher level of volunteer work as a proportion of government spending”.
Thank you to you all!
"I go shopping many times a week, and I get the best reward points,” says Deb, and she's not talking about a rewards card or fly buys. The social support worker takes people to the shopping centres who would otherwise not be able to go.
Community grows stronger through the hundreds of little and big actions people take every day. Browse this list for things you or your family have participated in in the past year or so, and pick some new ones for 2017.
Cooking need not be a chore, and healthy food can be tasty. Liliana Martinez is here to prove it! The experienced cook provides the latest addition to our food services, an in-home meal preparation services for the elderly and people living with disabilities.