How to age in style

Providing information to local senior-aged residents and their families about staying active, looking after their health, meeting people and living in their homes longer was the general theme of the first-ever Ageing In Style Expo held in Two Wells last month.

Featuring an impressive 36 stalls, the expo showcased everything from mobility equipment to craft activities to in-home services to local sporting groups, and was held in the Two Wells Community Centre on Thursday August 14.

The event was funded by Home and Community Care Collaborative (HACC) and organised by District Council of Mallala as part of the Seniors Collaborative Action Project (SCAP), which has seen similar expos held in Nuriootpa, Gawler and Kapunda recently.

Goods and services including arts and crafts activities, aged care home support and home care services, residential care, recreation and fitness activities and mobility equipment were all on show, with DCM community development officer, Lynette Seccafien, saying the event was well received by the community and was a great way for local people to get first-hand information about what was available in the district.

“This is the first time we’ve ever done something like this and the reaction from patrons was positive and well received,” Mrs Seccafien said.

“The expo showcased a really good mix of information services, support agencies and also local community groups, with the idea being people could see what the district has to offer.”

Free blood sugar readings and blood pressure tests were popular with patrons, as was the ‘yellow brick road’ type activity, a free sausage sizzle and Devonshire tea and the broad range of information available at the many stalls.

Mrs Seccafien said council, in collaboration with Barossa, Light and Gawler councils, would now assess the expo in the hopes the event can be held on an annual or bi-annual basis.

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