Time : 1pm - 3pm
Where : Sandgate Senior Citizens building
Address : Seymour Street, Sandgate
The annual Seniors’ Safety Forum, being held in Sandgate in August aims to help older people live independently for as long as possible.
Now in its fifth year, the forum will feature presentations from Queensland police and fire brigade officers, All About Living and Home Assist Secure, as well as information about cyber safety.
All About Living CEO, David Worsnop, said connection to the community was vital. “Sometimes, our organisation is the only one going in once a fortnight to see people,” he said.
“Loneliness is a big thing – people might have lost their spouse, and their children have grown up and away working in the mines, or have moved down south.”
However, staying home and living independently is possible. “The oldest lady we had, who we helped stay at home, was 105, until she passed away in August last year,” David said.
“We’ve been attending the safety forum for a couple of years now and it’s great for people to be able to come along and get information and it raises awareness of the services that are available.
“Up to 95 per cent of people want to live and die in their own home, but only 14 per cent get to do so. We can help people live well, stay healthy and achieve that.”
A joint initiative of Deagon Ward councillor, Jared Cassidy and State MP for Sandgate, Stirling Hinchliffe, the forum will also feature lucky door prizes and goody bags for those attending.
“Seniors have served our community well and it is important that we value and respect their ongoing contributions,” Mr Hinchliffe said.
“Our senior safety forums have provided great information to the community about living independently and securely in their own homes.
“It doesn’t matter if that home is a new one, or the one where you raised your family, the forum will give you tips and hints about making it safer for you and those you love.”
Cr Cassidy added social isolation was a real and growing issue amongst older Australians. “We want to make sure that people feel comfortable both at home, and out and about so they can continue to enjoy their lifestyles as they age,” he said.
“I really value the contribution our seniors make in our community and this is one way we can give back and support them as they grow old in their own homes.”
The Seniors’ Safety Forum will be held on Friday, 23 August, at the Sandgate Senior Citizens building on Seymour Street, Sandgate, from 1pm to 3pm.