Edgewater men’s get-together offers a positive outlet

Blokes doing bloke things: Dave Strachan, Des Wilson, Bob Cramp, Roy Grbelja and Ian King. d469204
Blokes doing bloke things: Dave Strachan, Des Wilson, Bob Cramp, Roy Grbelja and Ian King. d469204

A FORTNIGHTLY ‘men’s club’ in Edgewater is being highlighted this Men’s Health Week as one of the ways to promote health and wellbeing.

Staff at Mercy Place recognised the importance of getting older men to spend time together and established the regular get-togethers for male residents.

The 2017 theme for Men’s Health Week is “Healthy Body – Healthy Mind: Keeping the balance”, which focuses on the way men and boys keep physically and emotionally healthy.

The theme resonates with the seniors and volunteers who are part of the men’s club, which provides a relaxed, friendly environment where men can chat about ‘blokes’ things’ at the not-for-profit aged care home.

Service manager Helen Fullarton said it provided a positive outlet for male residents to have regular get-togethers.

“The focus of our men’s club is on the social aspect and we’ve found it to be a really positive way to bring our male residents together to have a good chat, with some of our male volunteers,” she said.

“It’s a great opportunity for them to spend time together and the feedback we’ve gained is that everyone involved enjoys the sessions and finds them fulfilling, worthwhile and great fun.”

Men’s Health Week runs from June 12-18 to raise awareness.

Visit www.menshealthweek.org.au for more information.

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