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The Savvy Seniors Healthy Ageing on the Island program has been successfully launched.

The first event in the ‘Switched on Seniors’ program was recently held at the Macleay Island Community Hall.

It was the first of several Switched on Seniors programs to be held on the islands throughout 2017.

Each of the four events (including the Wellbeing Expo in September) so far scheduled for the islands this year involves information that is relevant and informative.

Redland City Council Community Development Officer Lily Matich explained that the Savvy Seniors: “is a group of dedicated workers from various organisations including Relationship Australia, RD COTA, FSG, Carers Queensland, Redland City Council, Home Instead and ADA who are working towards improving access to information and services for SMBI seniors”.

The three information sessions and the expo cover topics that are contributing to ageing well on the islands and increasing wellbeing of SMBI seniors.

The Macleay Island event involved registration with tea and coffee, laughter yoga, and information sessions providing where to go and what to do information, and concluded with a healthy cooking demonstration by Lakshmi and Yasoda, well known Macleay Island cooks.

There was also nutrition advice proved by Ella Schwarer, a dietician with Blue Care.

With the healthy cooking at the end of the session, the day ended with the lunch that was prepared.

The next session is on 30th May at the Russell Island Recreation Hall and will have as the major topic of information: Decision making and enduring power of attorney.

This will be followed on 25th July again at the Russell Island hall, active ageing and wellness, AND home care packages.

The Seniors Wellbeing Expo will be held back on Macleay Island at the Community Hall on Tuesday, September 12. This event will involve interactive stalls and activities for healthy ageing.

Find out more on 32455517 or

Lakshmi getting read to demonstrate cooking skills at Switched on Seniors.

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