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Darwin Seniors Expo superb chance to connect with service providers, businesses and groups

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Northern Territory seniors and aged care workers are being alerted to the return of the annual Darwin Seniors Expo this Saturday, July 30.

With a chock-a-block program, the free event will boast more than 65 exhibitors, hosted at the Sitzler Netball Centre’s CDU Stadium.

The stadium’s full-sized indoor netball courts will be put to full use with one court acting as a community stage and two full courts dedicated to stalls.

Sue Shearer, CEO of COTA NT, says the weekend’s event will be an exciting prelude to Seniors Month in August.

“This is our seventh Seniors Expo in Darwin and we are thrilled that so many of our club and associate members have supported the event once again and are turning out in force to share vital information with seniors in the community.

“It’s the best opportunity of the year for the public to meet and connect with service providers, businesses and seniors’ groups.”

Sue Shearer, CEO of COTA NT, says this year’s Darwin Seniors Expo will be a jam-packed day of fun and informative exhibitions, ranging from health and lifestyle to legal and financial advice.

The event will kick off with uniquely furry greeting from RSPCA and a chance to chat about pet fostering and adoption which, for those with the capacity to do so, can be of great benefit to elders’ physical and mental wellbeing.

Local radio station Territory 104.1FM will broadcast live from the venue and will help steer people through the morning’s activities.

Entry includes a free community barbecue and light morning tea, served in COVID-friendly boxes.

The community stage area hosts performances and demonstrations from local dance groups, musicians and fitness classes.

The audience are invited to get up and join in with a seated aerobic brain gym, barre balance class and line dancing – all of which can be enjoyed at home later.

“The stall holders this year are really going for gold,” Shearer says.

A range of free advisory services and products will be offered, including:  

  • Free sugar and blood pressure tests
  • CPR lessons on manikins
  • Info about NT seniors’ concessions
  • Assistance with retirement planning
  • Banking and finance advice
  • Exercise bands and home exercise programs
  • Information and support for those living with conditions such as: dementia, prostate cancer, asthma, arthritis, Parkinson’s, incontinence, osteoporosis and disability
  • Free consumer, legal and electoral information and advice
  • Digital literacy support
  • Funeral planning; display of mobility equipment; opportunity to talk all things aged care and nursing services, healthcare and consumer complaints;
  • Information about local library services,
  • Information on volunteer and seniors’ groups and how to join them.

There will also be a range of other recreational exhibits to enjoy on the day, including free calligraphy and quilting demonstrations, bridge tutorials, artwork displays, crafts and books for sale, and table tennis games.

Those feeling lucky may also like to enter in a raffle hosted by the Bendigo Bank, the Lions Club and Darwin Table Tennis, or maybe have a go at ‘spin the wheel’, boasting prizes such as free show bags and giveaways from many of the stall holders, including free ‘Super Ageing’ exercise classes.

Shearer thanks the local community for rallying together to make the event possible, and urges anyone keen to lend a hand on the day to reach out to COTA NT.

“We have a small staff on board to help run the day, but we welcome volunteers to join us,” she says.

“It’s hard work but fun and we have always help with set up and pack down, check-in and keeping our morning tea area tidy.

“Contact us on 08 8941 1004 or via the website if you can help.”

  • COTA NT’s Seniors Expo 2022 is sponsored by the Northern Territory Government.
  • The Expo will be hosted from 10am-2pm at the CDU Stadium, Sitzler Netball Centre, 235 Abala Rd, Marrara, Northern Territory, 0812.
  • To view the full program, follow this link, and click here to register as a volunteer for the day.
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