The Social Support team at Gippsland Lakes Community Health (GLCH) along with Opal Residential Care Facility, ACSA Group Residential Care Lakes Entrance and Bupa Residential Care in Bairnsdale are connecting communities with an ‘Old Time Dance’ at the Johnsonville Hall next Wednesday 21 February from 11am.
“Regular physical activity is key for senior health and dancing is a fantastic way to improve balance, strength and mobility,” said Gill Wheeler, Social Support Coordinator at GLCH. “Dancing also fosters social interaction and enjoyment, which in-turn gives people that feeling of community.”
Reminiscing is also an important socialisation tool. “For some people, an old time dance provokes memories or their courting years – as often, that’s where they met their spouses,” Gill explained. “Sharing life’s special events with others, gives older people a chance to celebrate who they are and what they’ve accomplished.”
“We’re extending an invitation to East Gippsland seniors to dust of their dancing shoes and join us next Wednesday for some good old-fashioned fun!” Gill added. “If dancing’s not your thing, that’s okay – we’ve got a fantastic live band and the Johnsonville Dancers for your entertainment and we’ll be serving up a delicious brunch.”
Contact Gill or Kerry at GLCH on 5155 8300 for further details. Transport is available from Lakes Entrance but its limited so be quick.
Photo and caption: Neil Wolffenbuttel, Peter Lazzarini and June Carter are getting ready to kick up their heels at next Wednesday’s old time dance at Johnsonville Hall.