Older adults

A group of senior men and women practice singing

Positive Ageing is all about maintaining a positive attitude, feeling good about yourself, keeping fit and healthy, and engaging fully in life. Ageing is often associated with many rewarding experiences, however it is also a time when significant changes occur.

Keeping a positive attitude toward ageing is important as it allows you to continue to feel good and have a sense of control as you face another part of the life cycle. Social interaction and relationships with others are associated with positive ageing. Maintaining social networks through clubs, engaging in voluntary work and keeping in touch with family and friends, prevents isolation and promotes good mental and physical health.   

Those who age positively, live longer and healthier lives and enjoy a better quality of life.

Read on for some positive ageing tips and handy links. 

Our Positive Ageing Advisory Committee (PAAC) is made up of community members who represent older adults in the community. The PAAC advocate for and provide advice to Council on matters related to positive ageing and support the development, implementation and evaluation of initiatives to promote positive ageing within Greater Bendigo. Community representatives have been appointed by Council following an expression of interest and interview process. 

The City of Greater Bendigo is looking for older adults interested in joining its Positive Ageing Advisory Committee (PAAC).

There are five positions open for community members representatives from groups and organisations that support older adults. Positions are for a three year term.

Applications are now open and interested community members can submit an online Expression of Interest form to join the Committee. 

Expression of Interest Form

Expression of Interest closes Friday 21 May, 2021.

The Terms of Reference provide more information about the committee

For further information about the committee or for assistance with completing the Expressions of Interest please contact Megan Goode on 5434 6000 or via email at [email protected]

There are several Senior Citizen Clubs that meet regularly across Greater Bendigo to play bowls, bingo and cards for example. To find out more or to get involved in your local Senior Citizen Club contact customer support on 03 5434 6000 or email [email protected]

It is important to stay active, fit and strong so you can continue being independent with your daily activities and prevent deconditioning and lifestyle diseases such as obesity, diabetes and heart disease.

Get Moving is an initiative of the City of Greater Bendigo and a range of other Government agencies to support older adults in the community to stay active and healthy. There is a quarterly newsletter with information about active activities you can be involved in.

Summer Edition of the Get Moving Newsletter

Spring Edition of the Get Moving Newsletter 

Winter Edition of the Get Moving Newsletter

The 2020 reimagined Seniors Festival is still available online for you to join in the fun and get in the groove! Head to the Seniors Festival website to watch pre-recorded performances and interviews, radio programs and local online events.

The City of Greater Bendigo provides help and support to help you stay independent and living well in your own home for as long as possible through the Commonwealth Home Support Program.

View more information on home support.

The home support team offer free individual IT support to older adults. The appointments are 1 hour long and can be in your home or a convenient location such as the library. The IT support program has assisted a lot of older adults with zoom, emails, online shopping and mobile phone use.  

To find out more or to make a booking for IT support contact Dionne on 4408 6569 or email [email protected]

Goldfields Libraries has partnered with the Australian Government to provide small interactive workshops for people over 50. The aim of the program is to increase the confidence, skills and online safety of older Australians to empower everyone to use the internet and everyday technology.

View more on the Goldfields library website.

Contact us

For more information on support and activities for older adults please contact the Community Wellbeing Officer - Positive Ageing on 03 5434 6000 or email [email protected]  

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