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Celebrate Seniors Week in WA

Throughout Western Australia, more than 90 events are planned for Seniors Week 2014,  running from November 9 to 15.

Seniors week is a state wide celebration which aims to recognise and thank seniors for their contrubition tot he community. It challenges negative stereotypes of seniors and presents a positive image of ageing, while encouraging younger West Australians to make decisions to improve their health and wellbeing in later life, and promote inter-generational celebration of seniors.

Seniors comprise 17 per cent of WA’s population by by 2050 that number is expected to reach 43 per cents, aged over 65.

Included in the week-long program is:

  • Have A Go Day: Wednesday November 12, Burswood Park, 8.30am to 3pm, with 200 stalls including a belfry and a bake-off
  • Seniors in the City: free opera in Central Park on Thursday, November 13 from 12pm, featuring a West Australian Opera performance in the Perth CBD
  • Active Seniors Festival: Saturday November 15, 10am to 3.30pm, Perth Cultural Centre, with entertainment, information stalls and the Living Longer Living Stronger Awards.

“From the Kimberley to Albany and east to Kalgoorlie-Boulder, Seniors Week will have something on offer in every region,” Seniors and Volunteering Minister Tony Simpson said. “And with afternoon teas, dances, a dolphin tour and even a Beatles bus trip, the activities will appeal to every senior.”

Seniors can also take a self-guided tour on free buses during  to explore Fremantle, Perth’s CBD and Northbridge. Mr Simpson said the Seniors Week CAT trails were a ticket for seniors to create their own hop on, hop off adventures.
 
Developed by the Department of Local Government and Communities especially for Seniors Week 2014, the CAT trails are four free self-guided bus tours based around the Perth and Fremantle Red and Blue CAT bus routes.
 
Seniors can discover hidden artwork in Perth’s laneways, relax in an edible garden in the heart of Northbridge, watch free entertainment at the Perth town hall’s Tuesday Morning Show, explore Fremantle markets or treat themselves to Devonshire tea at Citiplace Community Centre.
 
”And if you’re a WA Seniors Card holder, don’t forget to bring your card to unlock discounts and special deals,” Mr Simpson said.
 
“Seniors Week is a wonderful opportunity for older people to get out, get active, find a new interest and make new friends.  It is also a chance for the whole of WA to recognise and thank seniors for the important role they play in our community.”
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