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What is ageing? Does it mean ‘getting old’? Is it ‘getting older’? Or is it simply ‘growing’?
The Life in Pictures filmmaking competition is a unique collaboration between government, the arts and the community that's centered on stimulating discussion about ageing, celebrating achievements of those who are ageing and diving into cultures each who have a different perspective on what it is to age.
Bingo? Pass. Bring on Senior Speed-Dating and Wine-Tasting.
Senior centers have undergone profound changes in recent years to appeal to baby boomers who are living longer and expect more — much more.
Read the full New York Times story here: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/11/12/your-money/new-senior-centers-offer-baby-boomers-speed-dating-wine-tasting.html?
Do you have a special place like Mather’s Cafe that you enjoy attending? Share it with us below.
By the time you reach your 60s, you’ve almost certainly made your share of financial mistakes. Even if you are one of the lucky few who managed to save consistently for retirement, you probably look back on your life and wish that someone had taught you more about money as a kid. Check out these tips from sixtyandme, and don't forget to click on this link to read the full story: http://sixtyandme.com/30-grandmas-share-the-financ...
- Start Working as Early as Possible
- Be Clear About “Wants” vs “Needs”
- Use Coins to Make Money Real
- Put 10% of Your Money into Savings
- Using Your Money to Help Others Feels Good
What advice would you give to young people living in the City of Melville about money?
The seniors population spans more than 40 years in WA (from 60 – 100 + years), making it very diverse in terms of health, family, economic, emotional, physical, financial and household circumstances.
Social isolation is a well-established risk factor for depression and anxiety. Social connections are shown to be protective factors that can prevent against and reduce the severity of these conditions.
In a very interesting panel-led forum, on 8 November 2016, held in partnerships between ConnectGroups and the City Of Melville, service providers, state government, university representatives and the seniors community had robust and interesting discussions on the topic.
Please can you recap and share your thoughts on:
- What Social Isolation means to you/your organisation.
- Key factors contributing to it
- Opportunities and services
- Sharing experiences and ideas.
Please leave your comments below
Attended this event? Share your experiences below!
Ninety-year-old Joan Devenish chastised her mobile phone for being too slow to load her Facebook app.
"Come on," she chided, then deftly scrolled through her news feed.
A year ago Ms Devenish had no intention of engaging with social media, however a mobile phone upgrade and a little help from her grandchildren saw her set up an account.
"I ended up with a smart phone, which I did not want because I did not want to be on Facebook and I thought it was too high-tech," Ms Devenish said.
"I thought it was a lot of rubbish, but I don't anymore."
Despite her initial reservations it only took Ms Devenish three days to get the hang of the phone, and checking her social media accounts is now part of her morning routine.
"I check it every morning and I get all these beautiful messages from my grandkids and great-grandkids and I text them," Ms Devenish said.
"It was fairly easy to pick it up."
Read the full story here: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-05-09/facebooking-...
Do you or someone else in the family use technology like this amazing nana? Tell us how in your comments below
Kate Swaffer was just 49 years old when she was diagnosed with a form of younger onset dementia. In this book, she offers an all-too-rare first-hand insight into that experience, sounding a clarion call for change in how we ensure a better quality of life for people with dementia.
Kate describes vividly her experiences of living with dementia, exploring the effects of memory difficulties, loss of independence, leaving long-term employment, the impact on her teenage sons, and the enormous impact of the dementia diagnosis on her sense of self.
Never shying away from difficult issues, she tackles head-on stigma, inadequacies in care and support, and the media's role in perpetuating myths about dementia, suggesting ways in which we can include and empower people with the diagnosis. She also reflects on the ways in which her writing and dementia advocacy work have taken her on a process of self-discovery and enabled her to develop a new and meaningful personal identity. K
Kate's powerful words will challenge misconceptions about dementia, and open our eyes to new ways of supporting people with the diagnosis. A must read for people with dementia and their families as well as for professionals and carers.
Do you have a book that you've read that you would recommend to others about this topic?
In collaboration with Alzheimer’s Australia WA, the City of Melville and Garden City Shopping Centre, Coffea Fine Espresso – Garden City is running a Memory Cafe.
Coffea is a member of the Melville Age-Friendly Accessible Business network - a network of retailers providing a supportive, inclusive environment for all shoppers of all ages and abilities.
In an effort to make the City of Melville more dementia-friendly for the growing number of residents now living with the disease, the community are being encouraged to get involved during Dementia Awareness Month throughout September.
The City of Melville has the second highest number of people living with dementia compared to all other West Australian local government areas according to the Access Economics Report ‘Projections of dementia prevalence and incidence in WA: 2010-2050’. While this figure is linked to the high ageing population in Melville with 23% of residents aged over sixty, there are also a significant number of people living with dementia aged under sixty living in our City.
City of Melville Mayor Russel Aubrey said Dementia was one of the biggest health challenges facing the community, with data showing it to be the second leading cause of death in Australia.
“It is vital that we understand Dementia and what it is like for those living with the disease and their family members, so that as individuals and as a wider community we can provide the support needed for the individual’s wellbeing” said Mayor Aubrey.
“The City of Melville has been a member of the World Health Organisation (WHO) global network of Age-Friendly Cities since 2010, and has been developing initiatives and partnerships to provide the appropriate support and resources to make Melville an accessible, age and dementia-friendly place to live.”
Following a 2015 partnership with Alzheimer's Australia WA and Attitudinal Healing WA hosting a series of presentations by international dementia educator Michael Verde, the City has continued to work with these organisations to provide ongoing training opportunities, including workshops for carers and support workers.
Some of this work also includes the development of Melville’s Age-Friendly Accessible Businesses network (MAFAB), an initiative developed by the City to encourage and teach local businesses how to make their premises and services more age-friendly and accessible. The City partnered with Garden City Shopping Centre, Booragoon, to provide MAFAB training to shopping centre staff, with the latest network members, Apple, currently undergoing training in September to raise staff awareness about people living with dementia.
A successful kick-off event for Dementia Awareness Month was held on Friday, 2 September focusing on communicating with people living with dementia. The South of the River Forum for Melville Seniors was presented by Trish Ellis from Attitudinal Healing WA.
A second event will be held on Friday, 9 September with a workshop scheduled for carers and professionals who work with people with dementia. Register online at www.melvillecity.com.au/seniors.
Art Tours specifically run for people with dementia and their carers are available at the Heathcote Cultural Precinct for every exhibition, with the tours led by volunteers who are dementia trained through Attitudinal Healing and the Art Gallery of WA with support by Alzheimers WA. For more information visit www.melvillecity.com.au/heathcote or contact the Gallery on 9364 5666.
For more information on Dementia, including how to identify symptoms, treatment options and support services available visit www.fightdementia.org.au.
For more information on City of Melville services and events visit www.melvillecity.com.au
An 85-year-old American woman is proving age is not an obstacle when it comes to staying fit and healthy.
Anna Pesce says that for a long time she suffered from a posture issues which gave her an appearance of having a hunched back. The result of this was a herniated disc, scoliosis and osteoporosis.
“I tried everything: acupuncture, a physical therapist and seeing a chiropractor,” Pesce adds. “You feel good temporarily, but [I’d be] in pain again soon after,” she told New York post.
Her life would improve markedly when she met a yoga instructor who suffered from the same scoliosis condition.
The 28-year-old yoga instructor and the 85-year-old began working together every week on restorative poses and stretches, such as child's pose and chair savasana, in which Pesce would rest her lower legs on a chair while lying on the floor with her knees slightly bent and a strap around her thighs. After one month of sessions, Pesce was able to walk again.
The yoga instructor says that yoga, done with the guidance of a back-care specialist, can strengthen bone density and muscles and alleviate back pain caused by osteoporosis, osteoarthritis and other conditions that affect the elderly.
You can read the full story here: http://nypost.com/2016/08/08/this-85-year-old-prov...
What did you think about this story? Are you feeling inspired to make some healthy changes in your life?
The IFA 13th Global Conference on Ageing was held in Brisbane, Australia. The conference was a great success built through a strong program and connecting over 600 delegates from around the world with a prestigious roster of experts to ensure a healthy ageing population now and in the future.The July edition of VoltAGE provides a glimpse into the conference and highlights important information about the IFA 14th Global Conference to be held in Toronto, Canada from August 18-20, 2018. Express your interest in our next conference and receive regular updates at ifa2018.com.
Discover what the conference covered:
IFA Global Conference Day 1: Healthy Ageing on Agenda, Seniors Newspaper
Vaccination Rates for over 65s Too Low: Experts, Aged Care Insite
Vaccines: Don’t Forget the Elderly, MJA Insight
World Ageing Conference – Vaccination Gap in Seniors, Seniors Newspaper
World Ageing Conference – Planning for Age Shift, Seniors Newspaper
World Ageing Conference: Attendees Enjoy Culture, Seniors Newspaper
Did you know?
- Did you know that Melville has one of the highest ageing populations compared to other local government areas in the state?
- Did you know that Melville has been a member of World Health Organisation (WHO) Age-Friendly Communities Network since 2010?
- Would you like to be kept informed about events, activities and information that Melville supports to create an age-friendly city? Sign up to the AIM (Acessible Inclusive Melville) E-Newsletter mailing list.
A major theme of the conference was how to stay healthy. What steps do you take to live a healthy life as an older person?
Too many people face discrimination due to discrimination because of Age and Disability in Australia finds a newly released report by the Human Rights Commission – ‘Willing to Work’.
The report recommends improving existing laws and policies and provides strategies for businesses and employers to improve employment of people with disability and older people.
What are the barriers for older people or people with disabilities trying to find work in Perth? In Melville? Talk about it in the comments below.
WA Seniors Award—nominate an exceptional senior today
If you know a senior, organisation or individual who is making an outstanding contribution to the community, consider nominating them for a WA Seniors Award.
Nominations are open for the following six categories:
- Community Service Award
- Arts and Culture
- Group or Organisation Award
- Age Friendly Community Award for a Local Council
- Deborah Kirwan Media Award.
For more information visit COTA WA's website or call 9472 0104.
Nominations close on Friday 2 September 2016.
With a high demographic of Seniors here in Melville and many that have lived here for a number of decades, who do you know in your neighbourhood or community that could be nominated for an award?
Accredited as an Age Friendly City by the World Health Organisation, the City of Melville has many services, events and information for seniors.
The WA Seniors Card member program offers a range of discounts of 10% or more, or at least $20 off the cost of the product or service offered by participating business.
A searchable database of businesses offering discounts to WA Seniors Card members is available through the Online Discounts Directory.