What's happening on the Sunshine Coast during Seniors Week

SUNSHINE Coast Council will join with the Council on the Ageing (COTA) Queensland to recognise and celebrate our older population during Seniors Week (August 13-21).

Mayor Mark Jamieson said that the region's older people make an invaluable contribution every day to the economy, our community initiatives and to maintaining our outstanding environment and it is only fitting that this is recognised and celebrated.

"Seniors Week provides a very powerful opportunity for Council and the community to appropriately acknowledge our older residents and what they add to the vibrancy of the Sunshine Coast," Mayor Jamieson said.

"Whether it involves offering business advice based on a lifetime of experience, volunteering in a community organisation, helping out in the extended family by caring for grandchildren or the infirm or contributing to our environmental assets by participating in programs like Land for Wildlife - our region is a richer place for the efforts of our older people.

"In line with our priorities in the Sunshine Coast Social Strategy, council is partnering with not-for-profit organisations and community groups to highlight Seniors Week activities and events, incorporating the 2016 theme It's on for young and old.

"This will include a high tea which I will be hosting at Lake Kawana Community Centre when I launch Seniors Week at 10.30am on August 17, and I invite our senior residents from across the Sunshine Coast to join me at this event."

Community Portfolio Councillor Jenny McKay said Sunshine Coast Libraries were getting into the Seniors Week spirit and had organised a range of resources and programs aimed at members aged 50+.

"Instagram for Seniors - Hashtag Your Holiday sessions will be presented by technology business consultants Smile I.T. Instagram is a fabulous way to share photos and videos of your travel and family moments. Our guests will learn how to use this social media app and discover the basics of uploading, filtering photos and hash tagging," Cr McKay said.

"The library events are funded by the Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services and supported by COTA Queensland. Bookings are essential as morning or afternoon tea will be provided.

"The community is also invited to join in the As I Age conversation by writing statements and thoughts about the journey of ageing on two interactive modular chalk boards, which will be installed at Caloundra and Nambour library branches. The 2m x 2m boards have been supplied by Feros Care and will be on display during Seniors Week.

"Other activities and workshops include technology tutorials, Lifehack, Living Backyards, Feng Shui, Astrology and Numerology, Retirement Villages, Supercharge Your Income, Basic Bike Maintenance and Save Your Sight sessions across the region.

"These are just some of the exciting events which are happening across the Coast. With everything from dance workshops with the Queensland Ballet to craft and collectables displays - there is definitely something to suit everyone."

For event information visit council's website www.sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au and search 'what's on' and visit the council events page and for library events please visit council's library website.

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