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.
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.
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.
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.