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Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Seniors Festival program to celebrate over-55s in Lake Mac

A diverse program of events ranging from chair yoga to propagating plants aims to inspire Lake Mac’s over-55s as part of this year’s NSW Seniors Festival.

While NSW Seniors Festival – the largest celebration of seniors in the southern hemisphere – officially runs from 13-24 April this year, council is hosting activities for the entire month.

Lake Macquarie City Council manager community partnerships Andrew Bryant said seniors were encouraged to get involved in the initiative.

“We want to encourage seniors to enjoy new experiences, continue learning, stay active and connect to their communities,” he explained.

“Our older generations contribute so much to the community, but we need to ensure they remain engaged and enriched, particularly while the effects of COVID-19 are still felt.”

Activities on offer include a gardening workshop at Speers Point Park, dance mobility classes at Rathmines Theatre, a birdwatching walk-through Belmont Wetlands and a talk at Swansea Centre by reptile expert Teresa Purnell designed to reduce fear and increase awareness of snakes in our environment.

Ageing and disability officer Peta McGrath said the event showcased the services and resources available for seniors in Lake Macquarie.

“There’s something exciting on offer for all seniors in a COVIDsafe environment,” she added.

“Free tickets to selected Seniors Festival events are also up for grabs for those who sign up in March to our monthly Over 55s program.”

For further information on the festival, or the Over 55s program, phone 4921 0333 or book online at www.lm.city/seniors

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