Woden Seniors Inc

50 years of providing Community Service to the over-50s of Canberra


Fortnightly News 5/12/2014

Christmas Luncheon Party – Monday, 8 December 2014

Woden Seniors Christmas Luncheon Party will be held on Monday 8 December 2014, starting at 12.30 pm.  Bookings for the lunch have closed. 

Christmas Closing Times

The Club will be closed for the Christmas period from Friday 19 December 2014, re-opening on Monday 12 January 2015.  As in previous years, specific groups are able to access the Club premises to undertake their activities through this period by making arrangements with Polly.

Woden Community Service – Christmas Day Lunch

The Woden Community Service provides a free Christmas day lunch at the Lyons Early Childhood School from 12.00 noon to 2.00pm. If you would like to attend the lunch or volunteer to help support the lunch please contact Woden Community Service on 6282 2644.  Transport is available on the day if required.

Justice of the Peace

You will find Maureen in the Anne Murray room on Tuesdays between 10.30am and 1pm for Justice of the Peace matters.  Please note the change of time.

The Big Book Fair in 2015

Yes it will be on again in 2015, Margaret Bourke is keen, all she needs now are books and helpers.  Margaret is usually in the veranda on Monday and Friday mornings cleaning, sorting and pricing books so if you want to drop in for a chat and to lend a hand that would be greatly appreciated.

Woden Community Service

Woden Community Service provides a range of services to people who live, work or study in Woden Valley and surrounding areas.  These include:

  • services for older people and people with a disability
  • home help, transport and social programs
  • support for families
  • mental health support
  • tenancy and mortgage assistance
  • information and referrals to other agencies
  • social groups

More information is available at: Woden Community Services.  Of particular interest may be the Social Groups for women.

LiFE..get into it

LiFE is an individual program of activities embedded into daily routine and tasks, using a different approach to traditional exercise programs.  In the LiFE program, unloading the dishwasher can become an opportunity to improve strength. Brushing your teeth can be a chance to improve balance. Your home or your garden can be your ‘gym.’  LiFE activities are tailored to individual lifestyles.

In a randomised control trial published in the British Medical Journal in 2012, the risk of falls in older people was reduced by one third, the ability to do everyday tasks was improved and physical activity levels increased.

Manuals on how to do the program, for participants and trainers, are available from the Sydney University Press for $25.  You can find out more information on the flyer, here.

Need independent information on residential aged care?

The National Information Centre for Residential Aged Care (NICRAC) is currently providing an independent, confidential and free telephone information line to provide advice on the financial complexities around moving into or placing a loved one into an aged care facility. 

NICRAC can provide advice on the types of age care facilities and the fee structures associated with them, referral of consumers to various aged care networks who can assist in transitioning to aged care, the financial process of entering a residential aged care facility, and a range of other information. 

Consumers can call in Monday to Friday between 9am to 5pm to discuss issues with a specialist information officer.  The telephone information line is 02 6280-0234.  COTA ACT’s Housing Officer (6282 3777) is also able to provide local advice.