Expo will showcase services and opportunities for seniors

EVERYTHING from transport, cleaning and financial services to disability products and gym memberships will be on display at the first North Coast Seniors Expo at Lismore Showground from March 16-17.

The expo will include stalls and seminars from a wide range of businesses, organisations and community groups providing senior services, care and products.

North Coast National Exhibition secretary Janelle Hancock said she hopes as many service providers as possible sign up for it.

"The Northern Rivers has an aging population and people are out there who have no idea what they're entitled to or what services are available to them."

She said even those who know what they want might not necessarily know where to start looking.

Kellie Shields, North Coast community development manager for UnitingCare Ageing, said it was important to emphasise positive aging.

"We've got an aging population, especially on the Northern Rivers, which is very different to if you're aging in the city because of social isolation and geographical isolation."

She said many people may not be aware of things like transport and cleaning services available.

UnitingCare Ageing is a gold sponsor of the event with Newcastle Permanent Building Society.

Lismore Curves gym's Julie Leeson was one of the first to sign up for the expo.

"A lot of women think that you don't go to the gym once you turn 25, but my oldest member's 83."

She said it was important to stay active to improve bone density, flexibility and maintain mental health.

Funding of $1000 was awarded through the Seniors Week Grants.

Other grants for the region include $475 for the Murwillumbah Community College's Making friends with iPads program, $1000 for the Nimbin Aged Care & Respite Services seniors summer fair and $500 for the Tweed Shire Senior Citizens Committee's Stay young as you are.



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