Colourful mural brightens up Mandurah’s Wearne House

Colourful mural brightens up Mandurah’s Wearne House

IT may not be spring but flowers are blooming at Mandurah’s Wearne House.

A 2×1.5m flower wall designed as part of the recent 2019 Amana Living Art Festival involved the creation of almost 600 individual petals, leaves and butterflies and has just been completed.

Between 10 and a dozen residents were involved in the project each week.

The festival, launched last year, celebrates life, learning and friendship by encouraging older people to take part in a wide variety of creative experiences.

Amana Living residents and clients were able to choose from more than 90 events, which included puppet making.

Amana Living chief executive Stephanie Buckland said the rest of the world had already embraced healthy ageing through the arts.

“We need to raise the bar in WA,’’ she said.

She said arts programs need to be embedded in residential aged care centres and be more inclusive of seniors.