Western Australians of all ages are being encouraged to get involved with activities planned as part of WA Seniors Week 2023.
Running until 19 November, the annual event acknowledges and celebrates the contributions that older people make to the community.
Seniors and Ageing Minister, Don Punch, noted that more than 16% of the state’s population are aged over 65 years and Seniors Week is an opportunity to support the active participation of older people in all aspects of community life and promote positive ageing.
He said that by getting involved with Seniors Week activities, older people can discover opportunities to connect with their local community, volunteer, build friendships, gain new skills, and keep active.
More than 70 community organisations and local governments have shared in $80,000 of grants to host Seniors Week activities which would celebrate “the priceless contributions of older people”.
“These contributions, large and small, are enriching communities and lives throughout Western Australia,” Mr Punch said.
“Community participation is a powerful way to improve mental and physical well-being and to age well and there are so many wonderful events and opportunities to get involved with.”
Mr Punch said the government was committed to improving seniors’ well-being, noting the launch of the State’s Seniors Strategy 2023-2033 and five-year Action Plan earlier this year.
He said WA Seniors Card members have access to a comprehensive range of State Government concessions, rebates and services.
For more information on WA Seniors Week events, which range from walking netball to painting and a museum treasure hunt, click here.