Embracing the Joys of Ageing

With Seniors Week upon us (August 19-27), it’s the perfect time for us to celebrate the joys of the senior years of our lives.

We are living longer and healthier. Population ageing is set to become one of the most significant social transformations of the twenty-first century, around the world, as per the UN. More than 8 percent of people worldwide or nearly 620 million are aged 65 and over.

The seniors of today enjoy higher levels of formal education and better health than any previous generations. That’s a reason to celebrate!  

If you are looking to make the most of your retirement years, there are many ways to do so. 

Keep healthy and active. With hundreds of parks and recreational areas in Redlands, enjoying the outdoors couldn’t be easier. Go for a walk or have a play with your grandchildren. Many local gyms now offer senior’s fitness classes. The Fitness Protection Program from STAR is designed especially for those aged 65 and over to help with mobility and muscle strengthening. Door-to-door transport is included in the program.

Keep your hobbies and interests alive. Retirement offers a wonderful opportunity to pursue your hobbies. Carole Hutton, 71-year-old resident of Cleveland, plays golf with her friends three times a week; participates in a weekly sewing club; volunteers with Redlands Centre of Women, and still finds time and energy to play with her neighbour’s young children. "Staying healthy and active is easy when you are having fun. I love catching up with my friends over a round of golf. Sewing has been my hobby for a long time too. I enjoy trying out new patterns and sewing for my family and friends."

Volunteer. Retiring from a paid employment should not mean your skills are redundant. Volunteering roles can offer a venue to utilise your current skills, learn new ones, make new friends and most of all give back to your community. Gail Kidston, 67, from Victoria Point, volunteers with STAR Community Services three days a week as an administrative assistant. “I enjoy the social aspect of working in an office. It also gives me a sense of purpose.” Get in touch with Volunteering Redlands to discuss how you can utilise your time and skills to assist a community organisation. Visit www.volunteeringredlands.org.au or call 07 3086 0000.

Give technology a go. Facebook and Google are not the exclusive domains of teenagers. Technology is in fact extremely handy in keeping in touch with loved ones, and researching topics of interest. Libraries and many non-profit organisations organise free introductory classes for seniors to try their hand at iPads and Smart Phones.

Keep isolation at bay.  Regular, quality social interaction is the key to maintaining your cognitive health. If you are feeling isolated, and seek company, STAR Companions can visit you in your home and keep you company. Whether you simply need someone to chat with, enjoy crosswords, puzzles, sharing stories, have a meaningful conversation or to give you a hand with weekly shopping, going out for lunch or dinner- we would be delighted to assist you.

Seek assistance when required. Thanks to governments Aged Care reforms, Aussie seniors now have the choice to live in their own homes for longer, independently and comfortably. With Home Care Packages, those aged 65 or over can access a range of services including general housekeeping, shopping, transport assistance, companionship, personal care and hygiene assistance, and services tailored to specific health needs. STAR offers customised Home Care Packages to suit your needs and lifestyle. Call Care Coordinator Collen Johnston on 3821 6699 for a free consultation. If you are unsure about what which aged care services are suitable for you, come along to a complimentary morning tea and information session with STAR. Simply call us to book your spot.