Seniors are an important part of the City of Rockingham community and make up 16% (more than 21,000 people) of the population. Over the next 20 years this number will nearly double to over 40,000 people, representing 21% of the population.
Seniors Strategy 2017-2021
The City has been a member of the World Health Organisation Global Network for Age-friendly Cities and Communities since 2012.
The City developed the Seniors Strategy 2017-2021 following extensive community consultation and feedback as a tool to provide strategic direction to address seniors’ needs. The strategy aims for seniors to live a safe, fulfilling and enjoyable life as part of an age-friendly community where they are connected and able to access valued, affordable and innovative community services, programs and infrastructure.
2019 Seniors and Carers Expo
Seniors and carers are invited to the free Seniors and Carers Expo on Friday 11 October from 10am–2pm at Mike Barnett Sports Complex, cnr 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 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 question to get a conversation started around ageing. View the film clip below where participants revealed their answers to the question "What does being old mean to you?".
Memories, An Anthology
The City hosted a series of eight memory writing workshops for seniors between October and December 2018. Facilitated by Rockingham Writers Centre, participants learnt new skills and knowledge that equipped them to reminisce and write parts of their life stories and memories. Rockingham Writers Centre produced a 110-page anthology of participants’ short written pieces. Copies of the beautifully produced book are available at the City’s and State libraries. An electronic version of the book can also be downloaded below.
Seniors Social and Wellbeing Program
Seniors are invited to participate in the Seniors Social and Wellbeing Program held in Baldivis and Golden Bay. This program, facilitated by experienced Aqua Jetty trainers, provides an opportunity for seniors to engage in weekly physical and social activities in a friendly group setting at:
Baldivis Recreation Centre, Fifty Road, Baldivis:
Mondays 10am–11.30am and Wednesdays 9am–10.30am
Coastal Community Centre, Tangadee Road, Golden Bay:
Mondays and Fridays 9am–10.30am
Bookings are not required. For more information, please contact Aqua Jetty on 9591 0888 or email@example.com.
Aqua Jetty Livewell Membership (over 50s)
The Aqua Jetty is one of the City's and Western Australia's premier aquatic and health facilities. The Livewell membership is for people over the age of 50. Find out more information about the Aqua Jetty and the Livewell membership.
Selfie with a Senior 2018 Competition
We have a winner! Kelly Powell was the lucky winner of $500 for the selfie and description she submitted for the Selfie with a Senior competition. Her entry was a great example of honouring seniors and breaking down the stigma and stereotyping of older people.
"I work for Coastal District Care Centre Emergency Relief. Most of our volunteers are seniors. They have taught me so many valuable lessons about life, friendship, love and acceptance. They buoy up our clients with caring, compassion and laughter and ask for nothing in return. I took this photo of three of our volunteers and myself to show the friendships and love that are created despite age differences and breakdown the stigma and stereotypes of old age. These people aren’t old, they’re the perfect example of vintage… better and valuable as they age."
Thank you to everyone else who also submitted their selfies and descriptions. It was a wonderful reflection on the deep respect and love out there for older people.
Seniors: the heart and memory of the community