HELPING HAND: Molendinar resident Grant Keith benefits from the Safe and Confident Living Program administered by Churches of Christ Care.
HELPING HAND: Molendinar resident Grant Keith benefits from the Safe and Confident Living Program administered by Churches of Christ Care. Yvonne Gardiner

Program offers assistance and promotes active ageing

GRANT Keith was a highly qualified teacher and active in his community before his life was changed irrevocably by two road accidents.

The first in 1990, on his motorbike, left him with three broken vertebrae.

He was recovering well from those injuries when, in 2001, a tow truck did a u-turn in front of his car.

"I banged my head on the dashboard," Grant said. "I've had other injuries since then.

"I was taking anti-inflammatories (medication) for 10 years and they corroded my intestines and duodenum."

Grant, 61, now suffers with constant headaches and neck pain, and rarely ventures out.

Churches of Christ Care on the Gold Coast, through its Safe and Confident Living Program, provides domestic assistance each fortnight, and social outings.

"I'm probably the youngest of the group that gets together," Grant said.

"Some have dementia, others have physical disabilities ... we have respect for each other.

"The program takes you, from being a prisoner in your own home, back into society," Grant said.

Churches of Christ Care community care area manager Elizabeth Hutchinson said the program the focus of the program was older people who were socially isolated or at risk of isolation.

"We promoted active ageing, designed to support older people aged 60 and over."

Older people are vulnerable to social isolation and loneliness and often experience loss of friends and family, mobility or income.

"The program is all about increasing awareness of healthy lifestyle options, reducing social isolation and improving links with other agencies in their community."

For inquiries email GoldCoastTweedCC@cofcqld.com.au.


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