Hon Tony Simpson MLA

Hon Tony Simpson MLA

Former Minister for Local Government; Community Services; Seniors and Volunteering; Youth

Hon Terry Waldron MLA

Hon Terry Waldron MLA

Former Minister for Sport and Recreation; Racing and Gaming

    Funds help seniors try technology to get fit

    13/11/2013 12:00 AM
     
    • Seniors Recreation Council receives $280,000 for healthy ageing program
    • Seniors get ‘tech savvy’ at Have a Go Day at Burswood Park today
    • More than 12,000 seniors attend Seniors Week event

    Seniors are being encouraged to ‘embrace the great indoors’ and use their televisions and computers to get fit using video gaming technology.

     

    Seniors and Volunteering Minister Tony Simpson said a pilot program of indoor gaming run by the Seniors Recreation Council of WA saw an increase in mobility, balance, hand-eye co-ordination, reflexes and brain function for 100 per cent of participants.

     

    “The benefits to individuals and the community are enormous, from being socially and physically active and connected, through to direct improvements in health. Research has shown that just 20 minutes of daily exercise can reduce depression in older people,” he said.

     

    “That’s why the State Government has committed $280,000 over four years to the Seniors Recreation Council, which will enable them to continue their important work.”

     

    Mr Simpson was speaking at the annual Have a Go Day, which encourages seniors to try new ways of being physically and mentally active. This year’s theme, ‘Seniors Embracing Technology’ includes a GPS treasure hunt and games of golf, bowling, aerobics or tennis using a TV or computer console.

     

    Seniors also participated in more traditional activities such as dancing, archery, canoeing, tai chi and cycling, plus free eyesight, hearing and medical checks.

     

    Sport and Recreation Minister Terry Waldron said the State Government was proud to support such an important program for seniors.

     

    “The Department of Sport and Recreation works closely with the Seniors Recreation Council - providing both physical and financial support,” he said. “Staying fit and active as you age is just as important for your mental health as well as your physical health.”

     

    Mr Simpson said the Liberal National Government’s provision of $280,000 over four years to the Seniors Recreation Council of WA delivered on an important election promise to invest in the future health and wellbeing of more than 425,000 seniors in Western Australia.

     

           Fact File

    • Have a Go Day at Burswood Park, Great Eastern Highway, from 8.30am to 3pm
    • In addition to new funding of $280,000 over four years, the State Government provides annual funds of $68,077 in 2013-14 to the Seniors Recreation Council of WA for the Healthy Ageing Through Activity program
    • For more on Seniors Week, go to http://www.communities.wa.gov.au

    Seniors and Volunteering Minister’s office - 6552 6600

    Sport and Recreation Minister’s office - 6552 6100