Sue Ellery

Sue Ellery

Minister for Child Protection; Communities; Women's Interests; Seniors and Volunteering

    New activity program prompts seniors to get active and enjoy nature

    4/07/2007 1:38 PM
     
    4/7/07

    A new program designed to keep seniors physically and socially active while enjoying Perth’s stunning scenery arrives in Mundaring on July 11.

    Seniors Minister Sue Ellery will join with Swan Hills MLA Jaye Radisich and seniors to interact with nature at the Perth Hills National Park Centre, enjoying a winter bush walk, as part of the Healthy Parks, Healthy People program.

    Healthy Parks, Healthy People is a partnership between the Office for Seniors Interests and Volunteering, the Department of Environment and Conservation and the Premier’s Physical Activity Taskforce, allowing older people to experience activities which enhance their mental and physical wellbeing.

    Ms Ellery said the series of monthly walks and activities encouraged older people to buddy up with a friend or neighbour who would benefit from a social outing.

    “While older Western Australians are often extremely active, many find it difficult to attain the levels of physical activity and social involvement that they used to enjoy,” she said.

    “This is an excellent opportunity for people to enjoy a day out in one of WA’s magnificent parks.”

    Ms Radisich said the State Government’s 2006 ‘Transitions in Ageing Report’ found that active ageing promotes successful ageing.

    “Those who continue to take part in physical activity and remain involved in community life are much happier and healthier in their senior years,” Ms Radisich said.

    “However, 25 per cent of seniors aged 60 or over live alone and this leads in many cases to social isolation, and even depression.

    “The Healthy Parks, Healthy People seniors’ program is linked to the Walk WA initiative and is one of many excellent initiatives which I am confident will go a long way towards improving the general physical and mental wellbeing of older people in our State."

    A Healthy Parks, Healthy People seniors’ activity will take place each month until December. Places are limited so people wanting to participate should call 6217 8523.

    A full brochure detailing all of the program’s events is available from many libraries and senior citizens’ centres or by visiting http://www.seniorscard.wa.gov.au

    Minister's office - 9213 7150