Ageing, Disability & Home Care

Minister lends support to Oatley Senior Citizens Centre

11 February 2014



Minister for Ageing John Ajaka and Member for Oatley Mark Coure, will today present $2,000 to the Oatley Senior Citizens Centre to help support the delivery of their services.

Minister Ajaka said the Oatley Senior Citizens Centre is a friendly place for seniors to meet up and enjoy a cup of coffee and a chat.

"Social isolation is a critical risk factor for people as they age," Minister Ajaka said.

"The Centre addresses social isolation by offering activities to local seniors including indoor bowls, bingo and cards and regular outings.

"Organising outings and services connects older people with their friends.

"I commend the Centre for its continued support and positive outcomes achieved for older people in our community."

Member for Oatley, Mark Coure said he was thrilled to present this cheque in his local area alongside the Minister for Ageing.

"Oatley Senior Citizens Centre is an important and prominent organisation in our area. They make sure our valued over 65s are kept busy with tours and events.

"I would like to personally thank Mr Lance Westfallen, President of the Oatley Senior Citizens Centre and the contributions of all the members and volunteers involved in the day-to-day operations of the Centre."

Minister Ajaka said the NSW Government recognises the importance of providing seniors with opportunities to be active, healthy, and independent.

"In response, we have developed the NSW Ageing Strategy which outlines our commitment to educating the general public about healthy ageing.

"The strategy is in place to empower people to plan ahead for the future they envisage in their later years," he said.

To learn more about the ageing strategy visit www.adhc.nsw.gov.au/about_us/strategies

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