Seniors Expo offers chance to talk issues

OF INTEREST: Federal Member for Shortland Pat Conroy brings key organisations and speakers together for an informative session at his annual Seniors Expo

OF INTEREST: Federal Member for Shortland Pat Conroy brings key organisations and speakers together for an informative session at his annual Seniors Expo

Federal Member for Shortland Pat Conroy will host a Seniors Expo at Belmont 16 Footers on Tuesday, September 26 from 10.30am.

The expo is there for people seeking information on what is out in the community for seniors, but also for people who will soon retire. 

It is also there for people needing information for their parents who may be in aged care or are considering care.

The Shadow Minister will   speak on current policy, but also listen to  concerns on policy matters. The Shadow Minister for Ageing and Mental Health, Julie Collins MP will also speak. 

“In the seat of Shortland more than 35,000 people are over the age of 60,” Mr Conroy said  

“There is lots of information out there for people who are Seniors, but sometimes it can be difficult trying to find it, which is why I continue to run my seniors expo and one of the reasons why they are so popular.” 

There will be information stalls are from various health, educational and community sectors including Eastlakes University of the Third Age, Belmont Men’s Shed, Charlestown Caring Group, Computerpals for Seniors Newcastle and Charlestown, Energy & Water Ombudsman NSW, Grandparents as Parents Group, NSW Fair Trading, Stroke and Disability Information, Telstra, Multiple Sclerosis Hunter Branch and Alzheimer's Australia to name a few. 

Other guest presenters are from the NSW Law Society to discuss wills and estate planning, a member from the NSW Police who will speak on scams and safety for seniors and a Financial Information Officer from Human Services to discuss the aged pension and other Centrelink payments

Last week, the Government released the Aged Care Legislated Review, confirming more than 90,000 older Australians are unable to access home care packages. 

“Prompt action is needed across all areas to make the aged care sector fairer, simpler and more sustainable for our older Australians,” Mr Conroy said. 

“There is lots of information out there and great community organisations that you can join. Everyone is welcome but seats are limited, and they fill quickly, so please give my office a call to reserve yours today.”