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Information for Seniors

The City of Rockingham is an age-friendly community and is a member of the World Health Organisation (WHO) Global Network of Age-friendly Cities and Communities. The City is committed to providing programs and services specifically designed for seniors.

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Seniors and Carers Expo

Seniors and carers are invited to the free Seniors and Carers Expo on Friday 5 October from 10am–2pm at Mike Barnett Sports Complex, corner of Dixon Road and Goddard Street, Rockingham. For more information, visit the Seniors and Carers Expo page.

What does being old mean to you?

When asked this question, we will all reveal very different answers. In a society where, sadly, ageism and stereotyping associated with growing old still exist, we asked a range of community members for their thoughts on this important question to get a conversation started around ageing. The result was extremely interesting and varied answers.

You can view a short film clip below, where participants revealed their answers to the question "What does being old mean to you?".

Seniors Newsletter

Stay up to date with information and events for seniors. Information can be received either by email or by post. To receive information by email, please sign into Rock Port and update your profile. 

To receive information by post, please contact the City with your contact details on 9528 0333 or email customer@rockingham.wa.gov.au with your name, postal address and contact phone number.

Age-friendly Rockingham

Seniors are an important part of the City of Rockingham community. The City became a member of the World Health Organisation Global Network of Age-friendly Cities and Communities in 2012.
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The City is also committed to working towards becoming a Dementia-Friendly Community. The City was a pilot site in the Alzheimer’s Australia WA Dementia-Friendly Communities pilot project in 2015.

Dementia-friendly Community

The City is committed to working towards becoming a dementia-friendly community.  

Memory Café

The City, in partnership with Alzheimer’s WA and Rockingham
and Districts AlzheiDecorative tea pot, cup and biscuitsmers Inc., has launched a monthly Memory Café for people living with dementia and their carers. Join us for a friendly cuppa and a chat to share experiences and memories, and make new friends. 
 
The Memory Café takes place on the third Monday of each month from 10am-12pm at The Clipper Café, 20-30 Patterson Road, Rockingham.
 
Contact the City for more information on 9528 0333 or customer@rockingham.wa.gov.au.

RAD Walkers

The City, in partnership with Alzheimer’s WA and Rockingham and Districts Alzheimers Inc., has launched a walking group for people living with dementiEmpty hiking shoes in bushlanda and their carers. Come along and make new friends whilst keeping active in a welcoming and supportive environment.
 
The RAD Walkers (Rockingham Alzheimer’s and Dementia Walking Group) takes place on the first and third Friday of each month from 10am-11am at Village Green, Flinders Lane, Rockingham.
 
Contact the City for more information on 9528 0333 or customer@rockingham.wa.gov.au.

Seniors Strategy 2017-2021

The City’s Seniors Strategy 2017-2021 aims for seniors to live a safe, fulfilling and enjoyable life as part of an age-friendly community where they are connected and are able to access valued, affordable and innovative community services, programs and infrastructure.

External view of Autumn CentreAutumn Centre

The Autumn Centre provides a welcoming space for people over the age of 50 to socialise, access leisure and educational activities, support groups and pursue personal interests. The Autumn Centre is also open to people with disability over the age of 18, accompanied by a carer.

For more information call the Autumn Centre on 9528 8560.

Safety for Seniors

Safety for Seniors is a free program that supports the  vulnerable and isolated seniors within the community. This program offers seniors the opportunity to chat to a friendly volunteer by phone at least once a month.

Security Subsidy Scheme

The Security Subsidy Scheme is a program to help residents to improve the level of security within their home. The City provides a subsidy of up to $100 towards the cost of installing a range of security items.

Transport

Rockingham Connect Community Transport Service

The Rockingham Connect Community Transport Service provides wheelchair accessible door-to-door transport for residents who meet the following eligibility criteria:
• have no access to a private vehicle
• are unable to access public transport
• are a Health Care Card holder or on a low income.

Public Transport

Seniors are eligible for free travel on Transperth services during certain times of the day. For more information contact Transperth on 13 62 13. Contact Transperth also to request changes in bus route and/or frequency.Inside view of a Perth train

Pensioners and seniors are entitled to a 50% concession on all Transwa services. For more information contact Transwa on 1300 662 205.

Wheelchair Accessible Maxi Cab

Seniors are able to book a wheelchair accessible maxi cab by calling Black and White Cabs on 13 MAXI (136 294).

Wheelchair and Scooter Accessible Transport

Multi-Purpose Taxis (MPT) and wheelchair and scooter accessible taxis are available in metropolitan and regional areas throughout Western Australia.

The dedicated taxi booking service 13 MAXI is appointed to provide reliable and consistent services for passengers using wheelchairs or scooters.

Please note the following:
• your wheelchair or scooter should be capable of being restrained correctly
• your lap tray should be removed during transit
• you should allow the driver to use an approved lap belt to secure you.

To book a MPT, contact 13 MAXI or 136 294. For further information visit Department of Transport

Housing

Challenger Court at 30 Ray Street, Rockingham is a City-owned retirement village that has 50 one-bedroom independent living units which have a comfortable living area, kitchen and bathroom.External view of Challenger Court Retirement Village
Prospective residents must meet the following criteria:
• aged 55 years and over
• living in the City of Rockingham
• not in full time employment
• financially disadvantaged
• medically fit to live independently at Challenger Court.

Applications are made via an Expression of Interest. For more information contact 9528 0333 or customer@rockingham.wa.gov.au.

Seniors and Discounts Rates

Pensioners and seniors may be able to apply for a rebate for their Council rates and Emergency Services Levy.

Activity Guide

The Activity Guide lists fun and creative sporting, recreational and leisure activities available within the City of Rockingham. View the Activity Guide page for more details.

Beach Access

The City has developed access pathways to allow seniors and people with disability easier access to the beach. For more information on beach access, beach trekker wheelchairs and beach matting, visit accessible playgrounds and beaches. 

Community Support

My Aged Care

My Aged Care provides information about the different types of aged care services, and local services available, as well as information on eligibility, and costs. Contact My Aged Care on 1800 200 422 to book an assessment.

Assistive Technology

Assistive technology helps individuals to access equipment, technology and services to assist them to retain their independence, and to enjoy a quality and comfortable standard of living.

Contact the following organisations for more information on how they can help:
Independent Living Centre WA (ILC) 1300 885 886

Technology and Disability Western Australia (TADWA) 1300 663 243.

Meals on Wheels

Chorus has a dedicated team of volunteers that can deliver healthy and nutritious three course meals to your home. Frozen meals are available over weekends.

For more information, contact Chorus on 9339 7225 or email meals@chorus.org.au.

WA Seniors Card

Visit the Department of Communities website to find out how to obtain a WA Seniors Card. The WA Seniors Card can be used to claim a range of State Government concessions and discounts from businesses across Western Australia.

The WA Seniors Card also includes a Transperth Smartrider card which provides access to Transperth services for free or on a concession basis.