Seniors Week is here again, and this year’s theme is designed to encourage older residents to connect with people of all ages and backgrounds.
Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said this year’s activities, running from 17 – 27 August, were as diverse as ever.
“Events range from a 10 kilometre walk to a free variety concert showcasing Redlands’ talent, to an Awards Ceremony to recognise our most inspiring seniors for their contributions to community life,” Cr Williams said.
“I encourage seniors to explore the programs, services, events and activities available this year.”
These include IT workshops at Council Libraries, a darts competition, a Seniors’ Golf Day and variety shows.
Seniors Week is held each year to improve attitudes to older people and ageing, get seniors involved in community life and to enhance community connections and intergenerational relationships.
“Because our city offers such a great lifestyle, we find many people over the age of 55 gravitate here,” Cr Williams said.
“That means we have an ageing population, with an increase in people aged 60 and over, from 23% of the population to 25% of the population between 2011 and 2016.
“This compares to a state average of around 18%.
“While this can pose some challenges in terms of funding services, our seniors give an enormous amount back.
“Where would we be without their contribution to community and charity organisations?
“Many work hard and bring years of knowledge, experience and skills to voluntary roles.
“On behalf of Redland City Council and all residents, I’d like to thank our seniors for their invaluable contribution to community life, and encourage people of all ages to take part in the events which have been organised to help celebrate Seniors Week.”