Topics:  ageing, health, murwillumbah, senior citizens, seniors expo

Seniors Expo hailed a success

Rita Fortune tests her hearing at the Seniors Expo.
Rita Fortune tests her hearing at the Seniors Expo. John Gass

ACTRESS and ambassador for the ageing, Noeline Brown was a highlight at this year's Seniors Expo held in Murwillumbah.

"This type of expo gives me the chance to meet people and get feedback on their needs," she said.

"Some elderly people have no idea what is available to them.

"It's a great opportunity to find out their physical, financial and social needs and it keeps them in the loop.

"The most important message is that ageing can be positive and fun."

The expo covered brain health, healthy cooking, sleep disorders, yoga and stress management.

Legal and financial advice was on tap, with exercise strategies, mobile phone advice, advice on hearing care and aids, the installation of doors locks and world-wide educational travel opportunities.

Uki Public School sang and gave an instrumental piece, with harpist Naomi Terashima performing and Ms Brown speaking on the process of ageing.

Meals on Wheels Tweed Community Support member Dianna Abraham said the expo was "all about awareness."

"Letting the elderly know what is available and how to access it is a main objective," she said.

"For us, the emphasis is on meal access and social contact and support."

Blooms hearing specialist Jeanette Mouatt said hearing was also a factor that could potentially cause stress to people as they age.

"The expo has given us the chance to access elderly community members and show them that while hearing loss can creep up on you as you age, you don't have to be stressed over it," she said.

"There are plenty of options to improve hearing and they are improving all the time."

The expo was organised by the Tweed Shire Senior Citizens Committee and was supported by Tweed Shire Council and the Murwillumbah Seventh Day Adventist Church.



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