North Coast Seniors Expo sponsors including, from left, Rebecca Buerckner and Suzie Somerville from Uniting, Alison Cook from Newcastle Permanent and Jodie Anderson from Uniting, promoted their services at the expo.
North Coast Seniors Expo sponsors including, from left, Rebecca Buerckner and Suzie Somerville from Uniting, Alison Cook from Newcastle Permanent and Jodie Anderson from Uniting, promoted their services at the expo. Cathryn McLauchlan

Over 55s 'face the facts' about retirement at seniors expo

THE North Coast Seniors Expo in Lismore offered over 55s a one-stop shop to prepare for the fun and not-so-fun parts of retirement.

It lined up with the New South Wales Seniors Festival, which is all about encouraging seniors to "Grow Young" and try something new.

One of the expo's organising committee members, John Bancroft, said the expo was not so much a celebration, it was about facing the facts.

"By the year 2020 half the population of Australia is going to be over 50," he said.

"This is not necessarily a celebration, it's a fact that we need to cater for this phenomenon."

"The expo allows services and organisations to promote their benefits ... they may be community groups, financial institutions, housing related or transport (services)."

Australian Red Cross Lismore Branch members Julie Davis, Topsy Mason and Sue Pringle, ran a stall at the North Coast Seniors Expo on Saturday.
Australian Red Cross Lismore Branch members Julie Davis, Topsy Mason and Sue Pringle, ran a stall at the North Coast Seniors Expo on Saturday. Cathryn McLauchlan

Liz and Les Jardine attend the expo each year to stay informed about any changes.

"There's new things coming out all the time and it's good to stay informed, and everything here is in the one spot," Liz said.

She said she looked forward to getting involved with some more community groups down the track.

"When I'm not so busy with family commitments I'd be interested in doing the over 50s learning.

"We're in an age where we're comfortable with who we are and we don't feel pressured to do any particular thing."

Another one of the day's attendants stood out against the over 55s crowd.

The Rivers Secondary College Kadina High Campus HSC student, Mikaela Cooper, was there to get surveys filled out for a school project.

The Rivers Secondary College Kadina High Campus HSC student Mikaela Cooper, conducted surveys on the day about internet use in the over-70s demographic.
The Rivers Secondary College Kadina High Campus HSC student Mikaela Cooper, conducted surveys on the day about internet use in the over-70s demographic. Cathryn McLauchlan

"It's for my Personal Interest project for Society and Culture," she said.

"It's how the over 70s demographic uses the internet and what they use it for, so banking, communicating, information, gaming, that sort of thing.

"My grandparents talk on Skype to my cousins who are either overseas or one of them is in the navy, and that's where I got the inspiration from.

"I wanted to know more about different people who use the internet and if they use it for the same thing."

The North Coast Seniors Expo has been running annually for three years.



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