Warracknabeal, Hopetoun host To Retirement and Beyond ageing exhibition

MORE than 200 people attended an exhibition about ageing last week.

To Retirement and Beyond was at Warracknabeal on Monday and Hopetoun on Tuesday.

It featured more than 20 exhibitors and a variety of presenters with information to help people plan for their senior years.

Among them were experts in healthy living, memory support, sport and recreation, advanced care planning, legal matters, adult education, retirement and aged care.

Organiser and Rural Northwest Health occupational therapist Alison Dart said the most popular sessions were on fall prevention and foot care.

A presentation on brain health was also well attended.

“The visitors I spoke to found the expo very useful,” Mrs Dart said. 

“They learnt a lot about aged care and support services for staying healthy at home.

“In some cases people didn’t know they had this type of support in our community.”

The exhibition arose from a Community Action Resource Group meeting.

Meeting chairman and Warracknabeal pharmacist John Aitken said the event was a valuable source of community feedback.

“If anyone wants to discuss the expo further, they are welcome to attend the next Community Action Resource Group meeting in Warracknabeal on April 29,” he said.

“We are also planning a meeting for Hopetoun in May.”

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