Australia celebrates Ageism Awareness Day

Members of the Fingal Bay Probus Club during a pre lockdown meeting. Rosamund Martin, Robert Mitchell, and Rex Sneyd.

 

AUSTRALIA celebrated its first Ageism Awareness Day on October 1.

NSW Seniors are in the spotlight, with loved ones being urged to check in on our older relatives and friends.

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This was Australia’s first Ageism Awareness Day and coincided with the United Nations’ International Day of Older Persons and Probus Day.

Minister for Seniors Natalie Ward said the day was an important opportunity to reinforce the value of older people to NSW, challenge stigma and highlight the many support services available.

“We’re fortunate to have such wisdom and support from our thriving seniors here in NSW,” Mrs Ward said.

“A lifetime of effort justly deserves recognition as they continue to make valuable contributions to families and our communities.”

Older people are encouraged to utilise online activities and embrace the 7,500 NSW Seniors Card deals and discount providers and develop their online skills through Tech Savvy Seniors.

“Social isolation can be a major issue for our ageing population and it’s been especially tough for our seniors during the pandemic,” Mrs Ward said.

“We all know a senior, whether they are a family member, friend, neighbour or colleague.

“I encourage everyone to pick up the phone and check in on them, not just today, but regularly.”

October 1 marks the second annual Probus Day with clubs dedicated to friendship, fellowship and fun in retirement holding COVID-safe initiatives throughout the month.

“Probus Day is a chance to remind our members and the wider community about the importance of social connections and the support we offer to overcome feelings of isolation,” Probus South Pacific chairman Judith Maestracci said.

“Our members are enthusiastically springing into action by encouraging their friends to engage with their local Probus club and enjoy some much-needed COVID-safe fun.”

Port Stephens and the Myall have several active Probus Clubs.

Julia Redlich of the Probus Club of Fingal Bay told News Of The Area, “Fingal Bay Probus Club never stops enjoying life!”

When COVID-19 restrictions allow the The Fingal Bay Probus Club meets at 9.30am on the second Monday of each month at the Fingal Bay Sports and Recreation Club.

“New members and visitors are welcome to learn about the club and its activities that include wine and dine events, walking for pleasure, barbecues, coffee mornings and wine appreciation time,” she said.

For more information, phone 4984 1448 or 0419 119 216.

 

By Marian SAMPSON

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