Helping senior citizens stay active and healthy

AT ONE WITH NATURE: As part of this year's NSW Seniors Festival an exhibition by photographer Julie Slavin will display images that negate the stereotypes of ageing. Photo: Supplied.
AT ONE WITH NATURE: As part of this year's NSW Seniors Festival an exhibition by photographer Julie Slavin will display images that negate the stereotypes of ageing. Photo: Supplied.

Connecting, participating and having fun are at the heart of this year's NSW Seniors Festival celebrations.

With the theme 'In Our Nature', the festival - from April 13-24 - features a host of events designed to help seniors connect with the great outdoors, promote healthy living and maybe try something new.

Events across the state will offer diverse programs and activities to help seniors remain active, healthy and engaged.

Major events include the ever-popular Premier's Gala Concerts, the festival expo and comedy show.

The gala concerts at the Aware Super Theatre, at the International Convention Centre, Sydney, on April 21-22 at 11.15am and 2.45pm, will be headlined by international superstars Human Nature.

If you missed out on securing a free ticket, a final release will take place on April 7 at 10am via Ticketek - premier.ticketek.com.au and search for Premier's Gala Concerts.

And if you'd rather stay at home, there's no need to miss the action, because the concert will also be available online. Register to view online content at events.humanitix.com/nsw-seniors-festival-online

The Seniors Festival Expo and a laugh-a-minute comedy show featuring Peter Berner and some of the country's best comedians will also be available to view online.

Art of Ageing

The Art of Ageing exhibition continues to smash ageist stereotypes as it continues its second year of touring.

Forty-four sites will display the impressive exhibition, highlighting the diversity and contributions of older people and shows that the third age can be a time of richness and satisfaction.

To coincide with the festival, the exhibition has gone digital and will be screen at 94 locations.

Most will take place in libraries and clubs from Tweed Heads in the north to Moama in the south and west to Broken Hill.

The complete list is available on the festival website.

The exhibition features 24 inspiring images of older Australians who refuse to be held back by age.

They include Eve Grzybowski, a yoga teacher for almost 40 years.

Eve found yoga postures, breathing, relaxation, and meditation helped her through the pain of osteoarthritis.

"Arthritis taught me to be more compassionate towards unwell and ageing individuals," she said.

"I learned to use yoga to help people with physical problems as I worked with my own limitations."

Find out more

To find out what's happening in your area for NSW Seniors Festival, as well as what's available online, visit the festival website: seniorsfestival.nsw.gov.au.

SHARE