The Department of Communities has said that Seniors Week, which runs until Sunday (13 November), is a chance to raise the profile of WA’s seniors and recognise their wide-ranging contributions to the community.
The Department said the most recent Census found that 428,615 people in the State — 16.1 per cent of the total population — were aged 65 or over.
In a statement the Department said seniors were front-of-mind at dozens of events being held across the State during the week, with highlights including film screenings, talks and classes in local libraries.
Minister for Seniors and Ageing, Don Punch said despite its name, Seniors Week was for everyone.
“Many Seniors Week activities are opportunities for people of all ages to get together, build connections and get involved in their community,” Mr Punch said.
He said the WA Seniors Strategy was approaching completion, following an extensive consultation process, while the Safety and Security Rebate, which allowed older Western Australians to improve their home security systems, exceeded $6 million in payments.
“If we as a community can assist our seniors in maintaining choice and seeking the supports they need, the outcome will be healthier communities, and everyone will benefit, regardless of their age,” Mr Punch said.
He announced that the 2023 Golden Lens photography competition for WA Seniors Card members was now open.
He said the competition provided an opportunity for WA Seniors Card members to share photographs which reflected the lives of seniors across the State.
Mr Punch said the competition aimed to promote ageing well by celebrating the skills of Western Australians through the art of photography and to demonstrate that people can be creative at any age.
The closing date for competition entries is 17 March 2023. Selected photos will be featured in the next edition of the WA Seniors Card Discount Directory which will be published in the 2023-24 financial year.
Further information about the photography competition can be accessed at this PS News link.