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Seniors encouraged to get Out and About by City of Albany during busy August program

Stuart McGuckinAlbany Advertiser
Cesare Nostrini, Jenny Smith and Steve Nostrini.
Camera IconCesare Nostrini, Jenny Smith and Steve Nostrini. Credit: Laurie Benson

Gnocchi-making at the Albany Italian Club on Tuesday kicked off a month of activities co-ordinated by the City of Albany to encourage community members over the age of 60 to get out and about.

A number of keen seniors tried their hand at traditional Italian cooking in the first of 10 social activities designed to encourage attendees to try something new or share their knowledge.

City of Albany community development co-ordinator Tammy Flett said the inaugural Out and About program had been guided by a recently adopted Age-Friendly Albany Plan.

“The program aims to address the recurring themes of social isolation, wellbeing and positive participation identified through the plan with free and low-cost activities for our senior community throughout August 2023,” she said.

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“Development of the Age-Friendly Albany Plan identified that our senior residents are at a much higher risk of social isolation as they grow older and experience a change in lifestyle, such as retirement, reduced mobility and reduced financial capacity.

“The City is passionate about assisting these community members to thrive as they age by providing opportunities for them to make social connections, reduce the amount of time they spend alone and experience positive mental health benefits.”

The rest of the program will involve dancing, social sports, fitness sessions and opportunities to put creative skills into practice.

Ms Flett said a number of the activities would attract large crowds and encouraged residents to “book their place as soon as possible to avoid disappointment”.

For more information and to register, contact Maddison Murray on 6820 3037 or email commdevel@albany.wa.gov.au.

The Seniors Out and About program:

  • Cleanaway Tour and FOGO Information Session, Hanrahan Road Waste Facility, August 7, 9.45am-12pm
  • Social Sports (Carpet Bowls, Tennis, Table Tennis and Pickleball), ALAC, August 9, 10am-12pm
  • Photography Excursion, Vancouver Arts Centre, August 11, 9.45am-12pm
  • Zumba Gold, Albany Leisure and Aquatic Centre, August 15, 11.15am-12.15pm
  • Pottery Workshop, Vancouver Arts Centre, August 17, 10.30am-12:30pm
  • Ballroom Dancing, Albany Leisure and Aquatic Centre, August 19, 1.30pm-3.30pm
  • Morning Meditation, Albany Public Library, August 24, 9.30am-12pm
  • Strong Seniors, Albany Leisure and Aquatic Centre, August 25, 8am-9am
  • Line Dancing, Albany Leisure and Aquatic Centre, August 31, 11.15am-12:15pm
Kath and Mike Trafalski.
Camera IconKath and Mike Trafalski. Credit: Laurie Benson
Anna Caramia, Kath Trafalski, Rosie Scamozzi, Cesare Nostrini, Erica Till and Rosa LaRosa.
Camera IconAnna Caramia, Kath Trafalski, Rosie Scamozzi, Cesare Nostrini, Erica Till and Rosa LaRosa. Credit: Laurie Benson
Rosie Scamozzi and Anna Caramia.
Camera IconRosie Scamozzi and Anna Caramia. Credit: Laurie Benson
Rosa LaRosa and Erica Till.
Camera IconRosa LaRosa and Erica Till. Credit: Laurie Benson
Pat Nostrini and Antonietta Elia.
Camera IconPat Nostrini and Antonietta Elia. Credit: Laurie Benson
John Maddison, Gerry McCarron and Steve Amato.
Camera IconJohn Maddison, Gerry McCarron and Steve Amato. Credit: Laurie Benson
Christine Waugh on the bocce court.
Camera IconChristine Waugh on the bocce court. Credit: Laurie Benson
Steve Nostrini and Christine Waugh.
Camera IconSteve Nostrini and Christine Waugh. Credit: Laurie Benson
Cesare Nostrini, Steve Nostrini, Arthur Simpfendorfer, Christine Waugh, Elizabeth Forbes and Jennifer Wellstead.
Camera IconCesare Nostrini, Steve Nostrini, Arthur Simpfendorfer, Christine Waugh, Elizabeth Forbes and Jennifer Wellstead. Credit: Laurie Benson
Steve Nostrini in the bocce court.
Camera IconSteve Nostrini in the bocce court. Credit: Laurie Benson

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