During this year’s Seniors Festival there are a number of events running and this is one not to miss.

A community information session will be held on Thursday 11th October at the Trafalgar Bowls Club, 7-13 Seven Mile Rd Trafalgar.

Maintaining our independence and staying connected to family, friends and the wider community continues to be important as we age and we all recognise there is an increasing need for support services which cater to the needs of an aging population.

Gippsland Care Services, a Baw Baw Shire based agency run by nurses Amanda Zeldenryk and Gillian Anderson, is a Government approved provider dedicated to assisting older people to stay well and live independently in the community and to maintain their social networks and lifestyles.

Amanda and Gillian have extensive experience in providing care to seniors and have a passion for providing personalised service to their clients. The services that can be provided are all aimed at maintaining independence and include Personal Care, Home Care and Lifestyle Support, and Nursing care including medication and wound management.

In addition, they can also arrange for Person Centred Dementia Care for those living in the community along with short term monitoring for people returning home after a stay in hospital.

Links between social isolation and diminishing health and well-being, are well established. Isolation has been shown to dramatically affect mortality, depression and anxiety, and multiple other psychological and physical health indicators.

Today’s technology provides new opportunities to connect families, individuals and communities. Unfortunately, many older people have been unable to take advantage of these opportunities because of a lack of familiarity or comfort with devices such as smart phones and tablets.

Lumin provides a technology solution with an easy & simple way of tackling a complex problem. Its a large, easy to use touch screen for the home, providing simplified communications, entertainment and improved safety. You can make and receive phone or video calls, messages, add your calendar, view family photos, listen to radio, check the news, and more. Supporters and carers can connect with the Lumin screen via a free smartphone App. The person with the screen connects quickly and easily to family and friends.

People who are using Lumin describe it as like having a friend in their home, reminding them of important events and helping them communicate easily. For the people closest to them, it provides peace of mind, knowing that their family member or friend is safe.

Lumin is a Melbourne invention inspired by the personal experience of people whose family members were affected by ageing. Paul Wilson, co-founder of Lumin sums it up well, ‘It’s about offering the one thing we all want the most – meaningful independence’.

To find out more about the services on offer from Gippsland Care Services or Lumin, come along to our Community Information Evening on Thursday 11th October at 6.15pm at the Trafalgar Bowling Club. RSVP: 1800 362 673 by 9 October.

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