Feedback gathered from a recent community survey is set to expand the range of services offered to local seniors with IT and intergenerational programs a priority.
The Senior Services Community Feedback and Satisfaction Survey 2022 closed earlier this month and the next step in the process is to review the responses to refine and potentially expand existing programs and activities.
One new program in the works is to provide IT training after local seniors called for additional support when it comes to using their smart devices to help keep them connected with family. To make this happen, the Town plans to partner with key stakeholders to introduce training sessions and peer coaching, which would also provide advice on how to avoid scammers.
Activities for local seniors already in place include the one stop shop – Cambridge Hub, a weekly Coasters Walking Group (Tuesdays), pole walking at Perry Lakes (Mondays) and Lake Monger (Fridays) and a Coffee Club held fortnightly on Wednesdays. A Memory Café get-together held on the third Tuesday of the month provides ongoing support for people living with dementia, their family members, and carers. Cambridge seniors also look forward to the monthly outing at various destinations and venues across Perth.
Mayor Shannon said these important programs promoted social inclusion to build a stronger community where seniors could age with support services in place.
“The benefits of inclusive programs that get seniors out and about to cafés, restaurants or the cinema is two-fold, as we can provide valuable services to local seniors while supporting businesses across Perth,” she said.
“With approximately a third of our community a senior, we always work to make the activities either free or low-cost so we can involve as many people as possible.”
Upcoming events for seniors include Cambridge Coffee Club catch-ups at the 300 Acres café in Wembley Downs on Wednesday 14 September and later in the month at Georges Café in City Beach on Wednesday 28 September. With the September Cambridge Outings already fully booked, the follow-up event due to visit Lake Leschenaultia on Wednesday 19 October is also set to prove popular.
More details about upcoming seniors events and activities are available via the What's On for Seniors page.
Please contact Cambridge Senior Services on (08) 9285 3136 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org for any enquiries.
Mayor Keri Shannon is pictured at a Cambridge Coffee Club get-together