Seniors Festival for Cessnock’s ‘not-so senior’ seniors!

The Cessnock City Seniors Festival program has officially been launched and this year it’s all about getting those ‘not-so senior’ seniors involved.

The Cessnock City Seniors Festival program has officially been launched and this year it’s all about getting those ‘not-so senior’ seniors involved.  

The popular festival attracts a large number of seniors aged 70 and over but organisers want to see those aged between 55 and 70 rolling up in bigger numbers, as this age group makes up nearly 23% of our population.  

The Cessnock Local Government Area (LGA) is home to a large senior’s population, many of those seniors in the early years of retirement, enjoying the wonderful lifestyle the LGA offers.  

Local resident Ellice Schrader and her husband recently retired to Cessnock from Newcastle and are settling in well after immersing themselves in community life, through joining local clubs, associations and trying new activities.   Despite being only 56 years old Ellice is looking forward to the upcoming Seniors Festival and is encouraging people of a similar age to get their hands on a program.  

“I have a lot of friends who are putting off joining clubs or getting involved in community life until they get older. They are missing out on building wonderful connections in their community, making new friends and finding new interests.”  

Ellice keeps herself busy as a member of the Cessnock Country Women’s Association, a regular attendee of the Aqua Aerobics class at Kurri Kurri Aquatic Fitness Centre, Bridge in Cessnock and Family History at Cessnock Library.

“I love the fact that being involved has enabled us to feel part of the community. We are able to say hello to someone in the supermarket and of course the health benefits of being socially active are a bonus.”  

Cessnock City Mayor, Councillor Bob Pynsent looks forward to seeing more residents aged between 55 and 70 at Seniors Festival events.  

“It’s misguided to think this festival caters to our more elderly residents.

The program is for every senior, including those 55 and over who are vibrant, looking to try new things and meet new people.”  

To see what’s on this Seniors Festival visit www.cessnock.nsw.gov.au/community/events-ceremonies/senior.

 3/26/2018