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 Victorian Seniors Festival Reimagined 2021 has once again been impacted by Covid-19 restrictions and we are not able to offer many of the face-to-face events that were planned. But we are pleased to announce that the much loved opening concert will still go ahead at a later date yet to be determined.

We are however proud to present a special selection of online content for you to enjoy. Featuring programs from a range of cultures in our diverse society, bringing together community leaders and emerging artists together in conversation, meeting artists and practitioners in their studios and workspaces - the 2021 Festival Reimagined will surprise and delight you.

Download the 2021 Victorian Seniors Festival online program guide to access all the interesting mix of media to enjoy from the comfort of your home.

To celebrate Seniors festival we are also delighted to be offering older adults across the City of Greater Bendigo some joy by delivering a celebration box of delicious treats that are worthy of recognition.

Please submit your nomination of a deserving person, over 65 years old, you think makes a difference to their community and has a positive attitude to ageing that is inspiring by emailing: [email protected]

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.

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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