A series of Seniors Week events across the City of Gosnells will celebrate the contribution of, and promote wellness activities for, older members of the community.

From 9 to 13 November, activities for residents aged 55 and older will be held at Addie Mills Centre, the Civic Centre, Wilkinson Homestead Museum, the City’s libraries, Mills Park, Leisure World Thornlie and Don Russell Performing Arts Centre.

Mayor David Goode encouraged older residents to get out and about and explore what the City has to offer for over 55s.

“With events happening every day throughout the week, there is a lot for seniors to discover and do,” he said.

“This has been a difficult and potentially isolating year because of COVID-19, so Seniors Week offers a great opportunity for people to get back out and interact with each other.”

On Monday 9 November, the City will host an afternoon tea with 90-year-old Professor Bob Seigler, who will discuss the benefits of the Living Longer Living Stronger program and how to live a healthy and fruitful life. The afternoon tea will be at Leisure World, from 1pm – 2pm.

The six-week Rusty Riders program also begins during Seniors Week with the first ride occurring on Tuesday 10 November. For $20, participants can bring along their own bike and take part in lessons and guided rides, and there is an option to hire a bike if needed.

Seniors with a song in their heart can participate in one of two musical activities, starting with Sing and Strum on Tuesday 10 November at the Addie Mills Centre. On Thursday 12 November there will be a Seniors Old Time Singalong at Wilkinson Homestead Museum featuring favourites from the ‘40s, ‘50s and ‘60s, with John Perry from the Mucky Duck Bush Band.

Dementia educator and author Theresa Bates will host an honest and open conversation about the disease in a talk entitled The Journey with Dementia, at the Addie Mills Centre, on Friday 13 November. She will discuss how to help people living with dementia lead productive and fulfilling lives, and understand the illness and the myths surrounding it.

Participants must be over 55 and reside in the City of Gosnells. Registration for each activity is essential. To book a place, please contact 9397 3000. For more information, visit the City’s website at www.gosnells.wa.gov.au.