Seniors Week a time to celebrate over 65s says member for Hasluck

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THOUSANDS of seniors across Western Australia will unite in celebrating Seniors Week this week.

From November 6-13, a variety of free and low-cost events will be on offer around the metropolitan area for those aged 65 and above.

Hasluck MHR Ken Wyatt said it was important to acknowledge the significant contribution older Australians make to the community.

“More and more Australians are living their senior years with enthusiasm, actively participating in work and community activities, at a time many could be forgiven for slowing down a little,” Mr Wyatt said.

“In Hasluck, there are many groups like Men’s Sheds, Women’s Powder Room and local bowling clubs whose members are proof that age is no barrier to giving, leading and sharing your talents and knowledge.

“I’m particularly proud to be part of a Government that encourages healthy, active ageing and strives to provide a world-class aged care system that supports Australians as they age.

“The majority of older people continue to live active independent lives in the community, and the Government wants to support this.”

There are more than 360,000 seniors living in WA, and approximately 3.7 million people aged 65 and over in Australia.

Seniors Week activities are designed to challenge negative stereotypes of seniors and present a positive image of ageing.

“The majority of older people continue to live active independent lives in the community, and the government wants to support this,” Mr Wyatt said.

“This week, as we celebrate and recognise the important contribution seniors make, it’s equally important that we remain steadfastly committed to supporting our seniors as they age, respecting the contributions they have made to our communities throughout their lives.”

For more visit www.cotawa.org.au/2016/05/wa-seniors-week-2016.