Providers are capitalising on opportunities to change the way consumers view aged care at events such as the NSW Seniors Festival, which is on this week in Sydney.
RDNS is a supporting partner of the event, which has grown in size again from the 2016 festivities, and has set up a HomeCare Lifestyle Zone for consumers attending the expo at the International Convention Centre.
The zone explores a range of activities that can help people stay active, healthy and engaged, from dance lessons and bowls, tai chi and yoga for those wanting to get active to massages for relaxation and a Maggie Beer fresh juice bar for a healthy energy boost.
It will be open all day on March 7-8 at the Sydney International Convention Centre, with a focus on demonstrating the huge range of options available to support choices that help people keep doing the things they love.
RSL Care and RDNS Executive General Manager of Brand and Business Development, Dan Woods says the festival presents a great opportunity to showcase the support RDNS HomeCare could offer to guide people through the Increasing Choice in Home Care reforms, as well as the broader work RDNS was doing to promote active and health ageing.
“RDNS HomeCare is thrilled to be back supporting the NSW Seniors Festival,” he said.
“This year we’ve got an exciting range of activities and experiences for people to come and try; from yoga, dancing, and bowling, to freshly squeezed juices and massages. We’ve also got important information to share on recent changes in the health and aged care industry.
“During Seniors Festival we’ll also be sharing information from our Be Healthy and Active partnership with Bowls Australia and the Maggie Beer Foundation, which brings allied health experts into local community centres year-round to educate people about nutrition, skin health, importance of staying active and positive ageing.”
The NSW Seniors Festival, run by the Department of Family and Community Services, is an established and effective platform to engage active, social and independent seniors through free and discounted events.
Other activities running as part of the expo include free sessions on the latest technology including snapchat, whatsapp, facebook and twitter; dragon boat races; film showings; photography exhibitions, dancing, concerts, comedy and bowling, plus many others.
The Department offers grants to communities outside of metropolitan Sydney to run their own Seniors Week activities so that focus is not limited to the city.
The 2017 NSW Seniors Festival will run for 10 days from Friday 3 March to Sunday 12 March across NSW.