Expo encouraging seniors to stay active and involved in their community

About 110 seniors joined in a world record attempt.
There were a range of activities for seniors to try.
About 110 seniors joined in a world record attempt. There were a range of activities for seniors to try.

SENIORS had a chance to exercise while making friends at a People Who Care event on the South Perth foreshore.

The Seniors Community Health Expo and Outdoor Fitness World Record Attempt was held on March 10, with a number of activities and exhibitors for people to check out.

People Who Care enterprise manager Linda Ross said it was extremely important for seniors to exercise.

“If you have a partner that has passed away, you can become quite isolated, so exercise is a chance to stave away depression and other issues,” she said.

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Mrs Ross said the event went well as they had a number of exhibitors and gave the community a chance to come together.

“In the past, we (society) have looked at seniors as older people, but that’s not always how they feel inside, they can feel like they are 40 or 60,” she said.

“The event was about inspiring them to be active and we had games like archery, basketball and boot-scooting as well as some simple games.”

Mrs Ross said they had about 110 people take part in a world record attempt for the most people aged over 60 taking part in a light exercise activity for 30 minutes.

“It was a bit down from last year when we had 148 people, but the idea was to exercise and enjoy life,” she said.

“It involved some light punches and bicep curls, nothing too strenuous.”