Helping seniors feel empowered
THERE is no need to be alone or to feel afraid in the Rose City and this National Seniors Week is a chance to show everyone is a big part of this community.
The Warwick Safe City Committee and Queensland Police Service have joined together to focus on empowering the elderly with information and to show them their community is accessible for them.
Marco Gliori, who is representing the project, said they would use the strategy of a whistle, which he hoped would be adopted by a wide range of community members who may at times feel vulnerable and isolated.
“Of course you can’t replace good old community concern and just checking on your senior neighbours is a great idea,” Mr Gliori said.
Mr Gliori is especially interested in this community program as his own mum was stuck in a terrible situation on her own.
“She suffered an injury in bed after a hip replacement and was literally stuck in bed in the middle of the night in extreme pain,” he said.
She was unable to move to reach the phone and could only lay there for several hours thumping her walking stick against the window and crying out.
Mr Gliori said this was the perfect example of when something as simple as a whistle could come in handy.
“It is a great community project to get people to check on their neighbours and to make sure they aren’t isolated,” he said.
The Warwick Senior Citizens Association is engaging with these members of the community every week and asked residents in have a look over their fence to check in.
“I think it’s an excellent idea and a whistle, a shrilled sound, would be easily detected rather than a thud,” Secretary Marg Wilkie said.
“Why don’t they come and have a look at us – we are having an open day where we throw open the doors and open our hands.”
The club encourages everyone to come along in National Seniors Week and no one should be on their own or too afraid to engage with society.
The open day on August 26 includes activities like Tai Chi, table tennis, belly dancing and line dancing with information sessions with Public Trustee guests and health care information.
Seniors Week starts on August 17 with the Seniors Expo on August 19 where the whistles will be available and the calendar of events is available at the Warwick Police Station.