Popular Positive Ageing Expo Returns

Friday 17 March 2017

Friday 31 March, 10.00 am – 3.00 pm at the Headingly Centre, Richmond

Thousands are expected to attend the popular annual Positive Ageing Expo, a showcase of the recreational, health and social services available in the region for those of or nearing retirement age.

With more than 70 stallholders, the expo has plenty to offer anyone interested in making ageing a positive experience.

The expo attracts crowds of more than 2000 most years, and has received a TrustPower Community Award commendation.

This year there will be seminars, demonstrations (some with the chance to have a go) of a range of activities as diverse as pottery demonstrations, e-bikes, choir, movement and mindfulness activities.

University of Waikato Emeritus Professor Bevan Grant, one of this year’s speakers, said: “The Positive Ageing Expo provides a great forum in which to address some of the misconceptions about ageing and growing older, whilst also profiling many community initiatives and organisations that encourage and support people in their later years live life to the fullest.”

Tasman District Council Community Partnerships Co-ordinator Mike Tasman-Jones said the expo was a great resource for all older residents and their families, as well as anyone approaching retirement.

“There’s a huge range of services, activities and opportunities available in our region for over-60s, and the expo showcases a fantastic selection of what’s on offer.”

Seminars include:

  • To Rest is to Rust: The Ups and Downs of Physical Activity – by University of Waikato Emeritus Professor Bevan Grant
  •  Retirement, the time to sit back and relax – WRONG!: How to make a real difference to your community by volunteering – by Gordon Oldfield of Volunteer Nelson
  •  Eyes, Ears, Action: How to recognise elder abuse and what to do about it
  •  Antifreeze Your Home: No-cost and low-cost ways to keep your home warm and healthy -  by Richard Popenhagen of Nelson City Council

 Admission is free, with complimentary tea, coffee and biscuits provided. Lunch will be available for purchase.