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. 

The City of Greater Bendigo is excited to announce the 2021 Seniors Festival will take place in October and is calling for expressions of interest from local clubs, groups and organisations interested in holding an event as part of the Festival. The Festival will take place across Greater Bendigo from Sunday October 3 to October 10, 2021.

The Seniors Festival is a fantastic opportunity to celebrate the resilience of older adults and reconnect and be involved following COVID-19. This year the festival theme is “keepin on” and The City would love to include as many activities and events on the program as possible. Events and activities can include promoting positive and active ageing, hosting open days, entertainment, exhibitions, learning new skills, wellbeing, or exercise activities. 

If you would like your event listed and promoted in the printed and online festival program, please complete an Expression of Interest form here

Or contact Community Wellbeing Officer, Pinar Maher on 5434 6000 or email [email protected] 

Forms need to be submitted by Monday June 21, 2021.

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. 

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

Staying active through regular physical activities is very important for older adults because it helps improve bone strength, increases energy levels, regulates blood pressure, improves sleep and helps prevents diseases such as cancer, cardiovascular disease and diabetes. Regular exercise improves physical health and mental health and enhances older adults’ connection to community.

The Get Moving booklet has been designed for you to keep as a handy guide that you can refer to as needed. We hope it encourages you to explore options to become more active!

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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