Seniors asked to have their say

Byron Council’s aged and disability officer, Karen Ingleman, is keen to hear from senior community members on their main concerns and aspirations in order to help plan for future seniors’ needs.

Ms Ingleman said the council’s soon-to-be-launched Live Life Positive Ageing Survey which would form part of a positive ageing strategy.

“We are aiming to have an informed guide on priorities for seniors living in Byron Shire,” she said.

Ms Ingleman said the survey asked about topics including what contributed positively to people’s lives as they aged, what were important issues for seniors and how did such issues impact on seniors locally.

She said senior Australians were now generally healthier and more active than any previous generations and statistics were showing people were living longer. By 2021, one in four people living in the Byron Shire would be aged over 60.

“The Positive Ageing Survey is a great opportunity for seniors to have a say about their future in our shire,” she said.

Copies of the survey can be found at community access points around the shire, on the council’s website or contact Karen Ingleman on 6685 9346.

Other Byron Shire Seniors Week celebrations include the ‘Hip Hop Replacements’ intergenerational music workshop involving 20 seniors and 20 young people today at Mullumbimby High School.

Brunswick Library is also holding a seniors orientation session today, March 25, from 10am until 10.30am.

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