Independence, Choice and Ageing Expo this month
SEX - yes please, is the message that Rhonda Nay will be imparting to audiences at the Independence, Choice and Ageing Expo in Coffs Harbour on August 17.
The La Trobe University Emeritus Professor has been researching sex and aging since 1987 and has a wealth of information at her fingertips.
Prof Nay has been lobbying for recognition of the sexual rights of older people, including those with dementia and people embarking on their second century, both in and outside aged care homes.
There is a revolution under way in thinking about and legislating for aged care and it is not just about sex.
Another speaker at the expo, Judy Gregurke, will be talking about changes to aged care laws and regulations.
Judy is the national manager for aged care reforms with the Council of the Ageing (COTA) and an expert in this area.
Marie Beswick will talk about how to navigate the new national digital portal My Aged Care, which requires people to register to be assessed as ready for aged care services like home care packages.
Marie is the integrated aged care manager with the Mid North Coast Area Health Service.
Alzheimer's Australia ambassador Ita Buttrose will be the headline speaker at the expo, which will be held at C.ex Coffs in Vernon St from 10am-3pm on Wednesday, August 17.
Entry is free to the public.
Among the entertainers will be award-winning ballroom dancers David and Irena Brooks.
One of the organisers of this year's event, Paula Dowd from Community Care Options, said it was the only forum of its kind in the region.
She said that duirng the 11 years they had been held, the expos had acquired an authoritative reputation.
The final program with a list of guest speakers, times and entertainment will be published in the Coffs Coast Advocate on Saturday, August 13.