Tuesday, April 23, 2024

Lismore readies for Seniors Festival

Lismore City Council is preparing to host the 2024 Seniors Festival from 11-22 March to celebrate the role and contributions of older adults in the community.

This year’s theme, ‘Reach Beyond’, reflects the festival’s goal of motivating elders to discover new possibilities and immerse themselves in their community.

Lismore City Mayor, Steve Krieg said the Lismore Seniors Festival offers several events that help seniors to connect with their community.

“The festival explores the art of aging gracefully, plus practical tips to enhance well-being, but most importantly, it’s a chance to ‘Reach Beyond’ and get together with friends or go out and meet new people while exploring the range of free events and activities,” he said.

“The festival is free and I highly recommend viewing the festival program which includes croquet, lawn bowls, fitness classes, a trivia night, nature walk, online safety tips and also features Author Dr Norman Swan and novelist Karen Viggers.

“Dr Swan will be in conversation with former Mayor Jenny Dowell to discuss his book How to Live Younger, Longer, plus novelist Karen Viggers who will discuss her latest work, Sidelines which offers a gripping portrayal of the volatile world of sports.”

Lismore City Council’s Sport & Recreation Lead, Kristy Lenon said the aim was to ensure something for everyone aged 55 years and over.

“Not only are the events and activities all free, but the festival also offers a broad and welcoming lineup designed to motivate our seniors to extend their boundaries by trying something different and meeting new people,” she said.

“The value of hosting such an event for the Lismore community is that it promotes social ties, education and physical activity which all play a vital role in enhancing the mental health and overall well-being of older residents in our community.”

The NSW State Government funds the Seniors Festival and includes hundreds of events across NSW hosted by councils and community organisations.

It is the largest in the southern hemisphere, with over 500,000 people attending each year.

For more information, including viewing the complete program of events and activities, go to www.lismore.nsw.gov.au or scan the QR code.

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