Men’s group to boost health and wellbeing at Mercy Place Edgewater

Residents Ian King , Bob Cramp (volunteer), Ken Thorpe, Jeff Miller, Dave Strachan and Des Wilson. Picture: Martin Kennealey.
Residents Ian King , Bob Cramp (volunteer), Ken Thorpe, Jeff Miller, Dave Strachan and Des Wilson. Picture: Martin Kennealey.

THE increasing number of male residents who call Mercy Place Edgewater home has prompted the establishment of a men’s group.

Local resident and volunteer Robert Cramp, whose mother was a resident at the residential aged care home for several years, started the group.

The male seniors at the home have been meeting regularly to have a chat, with a focus on boosting their emotional health and wellbeing and reducing the risk of loneliness and isolation.

“It all started when I began visiting my mum regularly and noticed while the female residents had lots of craft groups to get involved with, the male residents did not and I thought that a men’s group was something that I could help to organise,” Mr Cramp said.

“We now meet every second Friday and talk about a range of topics, including current affairs, while enjoying drinks and nibbles.

“I enjoy it immensely – volunteering makes me feel like I am giving something back and it’s an enjoyable thing to do during my retirement.

“I’m 69 years old so it’s actually nice to be the youngest member of the group for a change.”

Mercy Place Edgewater service manager Alison Devonport said the group was a simple concept but the residents had embraced it.

“Men typically keep things close to their chest but it’s important for them to have a chance to share their thoughts and experiences, have a chat, make some new friends and reflect on their past within a safe and social environment,” she said.