Age-friendly Rockingham

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.

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Seniors Strategy 2017-2021 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.
 
We 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.

Seniors events and programs

We host a range of recreational, health, educational, and social events and programs for seniors.

Seniors and Carers Expo

Seniors and Carers are invited to the 10th anniversary of the Seniors and Carers Expo, a free event on Friday 11 October from 10am–2pm at Mike Barnett Sports Complex, corner Dixon Road and Goddard Street, Rockingham. For more information, visit the Seniors and Carers Expo page.

Seniors Week

Seniors Week is an annual national week dedicated to celebrating seniors and will run from Sunday 10 November to Sunday 17 November 2019.

We will be hosting a variety of activities and events in different locations. A booklet detailing all of the Seniors Week events can be downloaded below and hard copies will be available at City facilities from Monday 21 October 2019.

Seniors oral stories

What are the cherished memories that have shaped you? Five local seniors have drawn incredible reflections together and in doing so have shed light on common connections we each have to places, people and communities.

Cal Swann, Anita Black, Pamela Rudling, Lorraine Smith and Klaus Michler each draw from the wealth of their individual experiences to breathe life into moments of time and celebrate the diversity of human endeavour.

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Seniors oral stories - Klaus Michler

Hear Klaus' story.

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Seniors oral stories - Lorraine Smith

Hear Lorraine's story.

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Seniors oral stories - Pamela Rudling

Hear Pamela's story.

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Seniors oral stories - Anita Black

Hear Anita's story.

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Seniors oral stories - Cal Swann

Hear Cal's story.

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?".

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Changing the way we think about ageing.

We asked the question 'What does being old mean to you?'

Memories, An Anthology

Person turning the pages of a notepadWe 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 available.

 Read Memories, An Anthology

Seniors Social and Wellbeing Program

Seniors exercising as part of the social and wellbeing programSeniors 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

Secret Harbour Community Centre, Oasis Drive, Secret Harbour:

  • Commencing Tuesday 15 October 2019
  • Tuesdays 9.30am-11am and Thursdays 9am-10.30am

Bookings are not required. For more information, please contact the Aqua Jetty on 9591 0888 or email aquajetty@rockingham.wa.gov.au

Aqua Jetty Livewell Membership

Aqua Jetty member in the poolThe 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

Kelly Powell's Winning SelfieWe 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.

Kelly wrote:
"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

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