Written by Rev’d Peter Adkins
Tea Gardens is one of the oldest demographics in Australia. We wanted to serve our ageing community in seniors week by providing practical advice in ageing from experts in various fields. So on February 15th the parish of Bulahdelah, Tea Gardens with Karuah held its second Ageing with Grace seminar attended by about 80 people from our local churches and community.
After feedback from last years seminar, new topics were included:
- Recognising serious disease in old age;
- Finding meaningful activity in senior years;
- Recapturing the wonder of life;
- Practical and legal aspects of making a will; and,
- Relationships – What if the best I have to give is NOW?
Our aim was to offer practical advice and hope, not only for the last third of people’s lives but spilling over to eternity!
The local Baptist craft group for displayed their wares and signed up volunteers, and the organiser of the local Grandads for Grandkids group encouraged the many grandfathers present to join together to formulate ideas to write letters of encouragement and blessing to grandchildren. Participants were also invited to a Christianity explained course to explore faith together.
Photo: Dr Steve Sylvester speaking on recognising serious disease in old age.