Expo celebrates active seniors

Aiden BoyhamSound Telegraph
Thomas Soderholm, Libby Soderholm and Breanne Roy from Grange Physiotherapy and Better Health.
Camera IconThomas Soderholm, Libby Soderholm and Breanne Roy from Grange Physiotherapy and Better Health. Credit: Aiden Boyham

Hundreds of seniors gathered at Mike Barnett Sports Complex last Friday as the City of Rockingham hosted the eighth annual Seniors and Carers Expo.

The event, which was officially opened by Premier Mark McGowan, featured more than 140 stalls as visitors were able to gather information on a number of community services, programs and activities available to them.

During the opening, Mr McGowan spoke fondly of the contribution his own parents had made to his life and the community and also encouraged local seniors to enjoy life in their later years as much as possible.

Meanwhile, Mayor Barry Sammels said about 16 per cent of the City’s population were seniors, with the figure expected to grow to 21 per cent over the next 20 years.

“Seniors are a large and integral part of our community, and the contributions they make are highly valued,” Mr Sammels said.

“The International Day of Older Persons is a great opportunity for the wider community to reflect on these contributions and to celebrate older people.

“The Seniors and Carers Expo has grown each year to become one of the largest events of its kind in Western Australia.”

The International Day of Older Persons is celebrated each year in October. The City’s Seniors and Carers Expo was held in partnership with Care Options, Community First and Volunteer Taskforce.

Premier Mark McGowan officially opened the 2017 Seniors and Carers Expo at Mike Barnett Sports Complex last Friday.
Camera IconPremier Mark McGowan officially opened the 2017 Seniors and Carers Expo at Mike Barnett Sports Complex last Friday. Credit: Aiden Boyham
Pauline Vernon and Eleanor O’Rafferty from Rockingham Legacy.
Camera IconPauline Vernon and Eleanor O’Rafferty from Rockingham Legacy. Credit: Aiden Boyham
Ginette Pierson and Gerry Ligtermoet from the Rockingham and Baldivis Pole Walking Group for Seniors.
Camera IconGinette Pierson and Gerry Ligtermoet from the Rockingham and Baldivis Pole Walking Group for Seniors. Credit: Aiden Boyham
Dee Smith, Anne Grosser, Dorothy Singleton, Alice Donaldson and Graham Donaldson from the Rockingham and Districts Gardening Club.
Camera IconDee Smith, Anne Grosser, Dorothy Singleton, Alice Donaldson and Graham Donaldson from the Rockingham and Districts Gardening Club. Credit: Aiden Boyham
Di Brooks, Nicky O’Connell and Raewyn Lewer from the Rockingham Bridge Club.
Camera IconDi Brooks, Nicky O’Connell and Raewyn Lewer from the Rockingham Bridge Club. Credit: Aiden Boyham
Nancy Proctor-Read, Gai Walker and Bruce Carstairs from SCALES Rockingham.
Camera IconNancy Proctor-Read, Gai Walker and Bruce Carstairs from SCALES Rockingham. Credit: Aiden Boyham

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