Friday, September 22, 2017
Celebrating ageing will be the focus of this year’s Bayside Seniors Festival, headlined by author Dr Patricia Edgar A.M.
Dr Edgar will launch the event on Thursday 5 October with ideas about ageing from two of her most recent books, Peak: Reinventing Middle Age and In Praise of Ageing, which features Bayside residents.
The way ageing is defined will be a key theme in Dr Edgar’s talk. “We often define middle age as 50 to 75, but people are talked about as being old well before they are old,” she said.
Dr Edgar said today people are living much longer and there are a number of ways to improve quality of life.
“At this event, I will talk about what it is that makes for a successful long life and the importance of friendships and engagement with others and having a purpose. All of these things really override health issues,” she said.
“The people who look after their grandchildren, for example, and there are a million grandparents who look after grandchildren on a regular basis, they live about five years longer.”
Dr Edgar said ageing is a particularly interesting issue for Australia at present.
“Historically, there’s never been a group like the ageing baby boomers.
They’re the healthiest, most educated, most active, innovative, productive group we’ve ever seen and they’re changing all sorts of things about the way life’s lived,” she said.
Running throughout October, the Festival features activities such as film and lunch sessions at the Dendy Brighton Cinema, bus trips to various locations around Victoria and open days at clubs throughout Bayside.
Join us at the Seniors Festival Launch
This free event includes Dr Patricia Edgar A.M., Bayside City Council Mayor Cr Alex del Porto plus informative guest speakers from a range of Bayside community groups.
Enjoy tours of the historic Brighton Town Hall precinct as well as refreshments and much more.
10am– 12.30pm Thursday 5 October
Brighton Town Hall, Cnr Wilson and Carpenter Streets, Brighton
Book now on 9599 4373 or healthyageing [at] bayside.vic.gov.au
Pick up your free Bayside Seniors Festival program at any library, seniors centre or online at bayside.vic.gov.au/seniorsfestival
Dr Patricia Edgar, AM. Photo: James Braund