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Ageing disgracefully in Beechboro

More than 600 people attended the City of Swan’s ageing disgracefully event in Beechboro and took full advantage of the live music, entertainment, comedy, information stalls and morning tea.

Information stalls covered all aspects on how to eat right, stay active and keep healthy, while performances and group Zumba workouts showed the crowd first-hand how to age disgracefully.

The event also saw guest appearances from 6PR’s Sue McDougall along with whole food cook and presenter Jude Blereau and Professor John Goodall, who at 102 is Australia’s oldest working scientist.

Prof Goodall, who was a guest speaker and ambassador for the event, said he kept himself busy by catching two buses and a train, twice a day, every day to work at Edith Cowan University in Joondalup.

“I see myself as a representative of the aged,” he said.

“I never really retired.”

Mr Goodall also credited his grandchildren for helping him maintain his youthful outlook.

Deputy Mayor and Altone Ward Councillor David Lucas said Professor Goodall delighted the crowd with his stories and shared some tips on how to stay young at heart.

“Not only did we get an incredible insight to Mr Goodall’s life and career as a botanist and ecologist, we got to hear about what makes him tick at 102 and his best kept secret to longevity,” he said

“This, as it turns out, is cake! Black forest is his favourite and he has a slice every day for lunch.”

City of Swan Mayor Mick Wainwright said the he was delighted to see so many make it to the event.

“Our ageing population can often struggle to know what to do with this time of their lives, and social isolation can become an issue,” he said.

“We wanted our residents to realise just how much is on offer to them and I think we achieved that.”

Cr Lucas said that the community could expect the same amount of fun next year.

“We have had fantastic feedback from the attendees, which really drives home the importance of these seminars and I know I am already looking forward to next year’s event which will take place September 20, 2017.”

The City of Swan offers a range of services and initiatives for seniors. For more information please got to www.swan.wa.gov.au or phone the City on 9267 9267.

About Rashelle Predovnik

Rashelle has been the senior journalist at Echo News since June 2011.
She was a finalist in the WA Media Awards in 2015 and 2013. In 2014 Rashelle took out the whole print category in the Deborah Kirwan Media Awards for a series of stories she wrote that has positively influenced community attitudes towards seniors.
In 2013, Rashelle was a finalist in the Consumer Protection Media Awards. Before joining Echo News, Rashelle worked at WA Business News, Media Monitors, she was a freelance journalist and taught journalism units at Murdoch University.

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