EASTERN Shore seniors were guests of honour at a Seniors Week celebration that acknowledged their contributions to the community.
More than 150 seniors from the Eastern Shore and southern Tasmania gathered at Kangaroo Bay for the event hosted by Federal Member for Franklin Julie Collins.
Ms Collins said Seniors Week was an opportunity to acknowledge and express gratitude for the contribution of older Australians to the community.
Local seniors who participated in the celebration shared their experiences and suggested ways to better support members of the community as they age.
Ms Collins was joined by Tasmanian senator Catryna Bilyk and Tasmanian Members for Franklin Alison Standen and David O’Byrne.
“The importance of consulting with the community one-on-one cannot be understated,” Ms Collins said.
“This is why these events are so valuable to me as a member of local parliament.”
The celebration was also an opportunity to discuss aged care service issues with older Australians.
Ms Collins said many older Tasmanians had been finding it stressful and frustrating to use government services like ‘My Aged Care’ to attempt to gain access to aged care services.
“Sadly, many older Australians are regularly being forced to wait many months after they have been approved for home care to access support,” Ms Collins said.
“We need to work together and alongside the Government to fix this.
“We hold these events to hear from the community to help us in delivering a positive ageing agenda that will reflect the needs of older Australians.”
Caption: From left, Member for Franklin Alison Standen, Tasmanian Senator Catryna Bilyk, Minister for Ageing and Mental Health Julie Collins and Member for Franklin David O’Byrne.