Age Concern Rodney’s chief executive Catherine Smith says retiring does not need to mean that a person sits and does nothing. There are a great deal of activities for seniors in this area and a retired person can be as active or as idle as they choose to be, she says.
Age Concern Rodney offers programmes and activities throughout the year that encourage local seniors to participate. These include a Time Out Programme, once a month, with includes either entertainment or a guest speaker, lunch and Bingo. Transport is provided if necessary. There is also the Senior Games, which demonstrate that exercise can be fun, especially in a group or team. This is an annual event, to be held this year on July 26.
The Hibiscus Rodders Club hosts the annual Hot Rod run (or Wrinklies Run).This involves their members taking seniors out for a drive in their beautiful cars for a pre-arranged afternoon tea. Age Concern Rodney’s popular Christmas Concert is held in Centrestage Theatre and features local performers.
On a more practical level, there is a Senior Drivers’ refresher course and a Health Expo, which takes place this week on April 20 in Warkworth, where older people can learn about new medical equipment or techniques.