Seniors valuable part of the community

This week Seniors Week will be celebrated across NSW, with events planned in most towns and regions to recognise the achievements and contributions or seniors in numerous fields.
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With anyone aged over 55 years of age now classified as “senior” for some purposes, the stereotype of a senior citizen as a frail person on a gopher has been well and truly smashed.

Colin Firth, Antonio Banderos, Hugh Grant, Jimmy Barnes, the whole of AC/DC, Andrew Denton, Tracey Grimshaw, Jane Turner (Kath in Kath & Kim), Sigrid Thornton and Deborah Conway are all seniors by this definition.

Endurance runner Pat Farmer, who recently completed a 4600 run through India, will be considered a “senior” next year.

In our own region, seniors are increasingly refusing to conform to the stereotype. It is not unusual to find people in the 70s, 80s and 90s at bowls, swimming, walking for exercise, cycling, running and dancing, just to name a few activities.

A high proportion of the volunteers for service and commmunity groups, are also in the older age bracket. Without them, the organisations such as Community Transport, Meals on Wheels, and SES, RFS, and many other organisations would struggle to function.

Seniors have a lifetime of skills, learning and experience to share.

Unfortunately, there is a tendency for people – including employers – to overlook the achievements and abilities of older people and see only the signs of age.

There is also a tendency to discuss the older community in terms of a looming “health crisis” or “cost burden’ rather than thinking about what they have already contributed and continue contribute to the community, economy and families.

During Seniors Week, take notice of the older people who will as usual be busy around our region in numerous ways. Stop and have a chat – if they have time – and you may be surprised at what you learn from them.

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