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Seniors Switch On to Inclusiveness

On Friday, 21 February 2020, The Flagstaff Group celebrated the Seniors Festival in the Shoalhaven and hosted the first community engagement program as part of their Switched-on Seniors Program.

Monday, 24 Feb 2020

Seniors Switch On to Inclusiveness

Painting With Friends portraits

On Friday, 21 February 2020, The Flagstaff Group celebrated the Seniors Festival in the Shoalhaven and hosted the first community engagement program as part of their Switched-on Seniors Program.

‘Painting with Friends’ was held in the Berry Showgrounds Youth and Weavers Hall and invited local seniors to a morning of painting, crafting and community. Guests who attended had the opportunity to learn simple, accessible and repeatable painting techniques, putting their own flair and design on their artworks.

Attendees came from within Flagstaff, Bupa Care in Berry and other community members. Trish Nichols saw the event listed on Facebook and was keen to come along. Trish commented, “It was a very special day with activities for all. The staff were such a beautiful, caring group of people.”

Switched On Seniors is a program for people with a disability or who are ready to leave work, work less and provide moments to enjoy a new lifestyle. The inclusive program provides opportunities to discover new hobbies, learn new skills and engage with local communities.

There were nearly three million Australians aged 65 years plus, and over half of these had a reported disability (53.5%). This includes people with lifelong/longer-term disabilities, and those acquiring disability as part of the ageing process. The rate of disability increases with age.

Older people with disability have made it clear that while it is important to have opportunities to group together with their peers, they want more options to participate and interact more generally in society.

People with disability preparing for retirement often feel a sense of what to do next. They can experience loneliness and isolation once they finish employment or day programs and research has found that many stay at home. Older people with disability are less likely to have participated in community groups and organisations than older people without a disability.

Flagstaff has identified there is a gap in community supports and has launched this program to help seniors who are transitioning.

Executive Manager for Life Choices, Rod Clark, said the program will benefit many people in the community. “We want this to be an inclusive activity.  Flagstaff hopes to not only attract people with a disability who are of retiring age or have retired, but we want people who have just retired, community members and volunteers who may wish to share their talents in activities from craft, gardening to fishing.

For more details contact Rod Clark at The Flagstaff Group on 4272 0206 or email: rodney.clark@flagstaffgroup.com.au