Be inspired this Seniors Week
Posted on Mar 23, 2015
New South Wales Seniors Week is upon us, and that means it's time to take a look at your physical, mental and emotional health and celebrate what it means to be a senior in Australia.
NSW Seniors Week is the Southern Hemisphere's biggest festival for seniors, and features an array of events held all across the vast state. Art, music, entertainment, sport, technology, nutrition, recreation and health are all highlighted and celebrated during the festival, which runs from March 14 to 22.
The event targets anyone over the age of 60, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders aged 50 and up. Those aged 50 and older who have a lifelong disability are also included in the festival, which has a theme of 'Be Inspired'.
Seniors Week provides a timely reminder for older people across NSW and greater Australia to focus on their physical wellbeing. One of the major issues facing seniors is hearing loss. According to the US National Institute on Deafness and Other Common Disorders1, around a third of people aged 65-74 experience some form of hearing loss. Of those older than age 75, almost half are expected to have hearing problems.
One of NSW Senior Week's key messages is 'Be Healthy and Stylish'. Seniors looking to follow this message could start by focusing on their ears and hearing health. If you've experienced any reduction in the volume at which you hear things, struggle to hear everyday speech or notice yourself turning up the volume on the TV and radio more frequently, it may be time to get a hearing check. Click here or call 1800 340 631 to book a no cost* hearing check-up with your local HEARINGLife clinic.
1. National Institute on Deafness and Other Common Disorders, Hearing Loss and Older Adults. Accessed March 3, 2015. Available here.