Maroochy Council today launched Seniors Week 2006 'Ageing - Everybody's Doing It' with more than 50 events including art in the park and river paddling excursions organised by local seniors.
Running from 19-27 August, Seniors Week celebrations will kick off at a forum entitled 'Think Ahead' that will provide seniors with the opportunity to interact with service providers and discuss the issues surrounding ageing.
"As part of Seniors Week, 'Think Ahead' deals with active aging and aims to promote community engagement and to embrace life fully," Maroochy Mayor Joe Natoli said. "It supports and encourages seniors to get involved with their community."
Maroochy Council is committed to providing opportunities for seniors to be active and part of this commitment is the continuation of Tai Chi in the park.
Other events to be held during Seniors Week include a multicultural aged care and healthy ageing expo, along with Bridge lessons and education / information forums.
"Research tells us that keeping active and involved in life is the absolute key to a healthy lifestyle and attitude," Cr Natoli said.
"I truly hope our older residents will make new friends, find new challenges and join in with the numerous activities on offer during this year's Senior Week."
Council is piloting a fun new program 'Maroochy Seniors Idol' that aims to showcase the talent of the Coast's seniors and seek out the Sunshine Coast's very own Senior Idol.
The 2006/07 Keeping in Touch booklet, an essential resource directory for all seniors detailing more than 800 organisations catering to Sunshine Coast seniors, will also be released at the 'Think Ahead' forum.
Social Development Chair Councillor Jenny McKay said the forum focussed on the services that seniors and their families might need when living at home unassisted is no longer an option.
"This will be an opportunity for the older people in our community to communicate with Council on the diverse and complex needs and issues of our seniors," she said.
"Seniors are not separate to society, they are central, valued members who have brought us and our country to where we are today, and it is a membership we will all be joining before long."
Images to the right:
Seniors Tui James, John Daniels and Jenny Marley with Mayor Joe Natoli
The U3A choir during perform at the Seniors Week launch
Tai Chi in the park