Showcasing better health

Seniors are learning how to live healthier and fuller lives in a series of events during Victoria’s Seniors Festival.

Peter Hitchener and RDNS clinical coordinator at the Healthy Pit Stop


Ways to keep active and boost wellbeing are among the key themes at this year’s RDNS Melbourne Festival Hub, currently underway at the Melbourne Town Hall as part of the 2013 Victorian Seniors Festival.

The Melbourne Festival Hub is providing free concerts, exhibitions and information sessions, as well as free health checks at the RDNS Healthy Pit Stop.

RDNS Chief Executive Stephen Muggleton said that as an organisation focussed on improving the health and wellbeing of seniors, RDNS was delighted to continue its support of the week-long event.

“RDNS is committed to not only enhancing the physical health of those we support every day, but ensuring that people are actively, positively involved in their own healthcare – values that are reinforced by this important week-long celebration.”

Terrific preventative medicine 

Channel Nine’s Peter Hitchener put on a brave face when he dropped by the RDNS Healthy Pit Stop last week.

He confessed that anything to do with blood or needles was not his cup of tea, as RDNS clinical coordinator Debbie Williams took him through his blood pressure, blood glucose and cholesterol tests.

“Hey, no pain at all!” he joked when it was all over.

“This is terrific preventive medicine,” said Hitchener.  “I hope everybody gets into the habit – not just during the Seniors Festival but all through the year because these tests could potentially save a life.”

Remarkable contribution 

The Victorian Seniors Festival is a state-wide Victorian Government initiative, now in its 31st year. There are more than 1,000 events planned across the state.

Victorian Minister for Ageing David Davis said the festival was about celebrating the many men and women, aged 60 and over, who give so much to Victorian communities. “It promotes their remarkable contributions and highlights the benefits of ageing well and keeping active, healthy and involved in the community.”

As well as lunchtime concerts and photographic exhibitions, the festival is providing information sessions on internet security, hearing, accessing equity in the home, living well with arthritis, beyondblue and iPad skills.

The RDNS Melbourne Festival Hub is open until Friday from 10am to 4.30pm, while the RDNS Healthy Pit Stop is open from 11am until 2pm.

Free public transport is being provided for Victorian Seniors Card holders until Sunday (13 October).

More information on the Victorian Seniors Festival


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