Photo: Valerie Horton / Fraser Coast Chronicle
Photo: Valerie Horton / Fraser Coast Chronicle Valerie Horton

Protecting well-being of older residents in Maryborough

FOR those in isolation it can be very daunting making your way to the shops let alone on an outing or excursion.

The Maryborough and District Committee on the Ageing (Madcota) protects and promotes the well-being of all well-aged persons in the Maryborough community.

Madcota volunteer Ann-Maree Hasselbach said the committee on the ageing doesn't have a lot of members, but they are dedicated.

"Madcota offer referrals and work with people from 50 years and over," she said.

"But our major concern is getting to the people at home.

"We would like to see them out of their homes - find activities, assistance and socialising.

"We are here to refer people on to where they can get the best information like the Senior Citizens and U3A."

Ann-Maree said for someone to just listen can be the biggest help.

"I have had people come up and say they love to come here because they laugh and have fun."

Madcota provide a source of information for local leisure activities and also issues relating to the older persons in the community.

There is a huge range of activities and resources which have been made available to senior residents of Maryborough and surrounds.

The talking newspaper, the Oracle, is a recorded CD of local news, read from the Fraser Coast Chronicle by volunteers - offered free to seniors, including postage.

The monthly newsletter, Shades of Grey, is distributed throughout the district, bringing information to seniors within the region.

Our Place, a tea room in the City Hall, jointly sponsored by the Fraser Coast Regional Council and manned by volunteers, operates Thursday morning on Market Day.

The Senior Citizens Centre in Alice St is a purpose-built, fully accessible centre.

Other services including help with letter writing, wheelchair use during shopping at Station Square, and computer use.

Madcota also host seminars, featuring different services available for seniors, with live captioning four times a year.

Interested residents can find further information on all of these initiatives by contacting Ann-Maree Hasselbach on 4123 1554.

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