We’ve got to admit it - these are difficult times in Victoria and across the world. In my conversations with older people I often hear that having social connection with friends and family, maintaining independence, and having meaning and purpose in life are important concerns for people as they age.
The majority of the over 60’s population are now aged between 60-69 years. If you were 18 in 1968 then you’re likely to have got in the groove to the likes of Mama Cass, the Doors, and Crosby Stills and Nash, you’re still rocking on, and you know that embracing a positive attitude is vital.
Enjoying life, while facing the day to day challenges of ageing, plus the challenges of a pandemic like physical distancing, face coverings and hand sanitising – demonstrate we are all evolving and adapting as best we can. Many acts of kindness and innovative ways of keeping in touch through isolation have evolved through this crisis. And it’s in this context that the Victorian Seniors Festival reimagined has emerged as a leader in providing entertainment and social connection for older people, their friends and families.
Starting in late April the Festival Reimagined is really hitting its straps now and will publish its 103rd video broadcast this week. That’s hours of fabulous performances from Festival favourites and newly commissioned performers. In its new format the Festival Reimagined delivers four video broadcasts each week and also around 25 Radio programs each month - all showcasing some of Australia’s biggest and best talent, along with stories recognising and celebrating seniors across the State.
By the time the Festival winds down on 31 October, some 172 performers and freelance production staff, and 12 cultural organisations will have contributed to creating the 2020 Festival reimagined. Some of those stand out organisations are the Multicultural Community Services Victoria, COTA, and the U3A – pictured above at their boot scooting best.
With broadcasts of online events and activities we are treated to music, stand-up comedy, Bollywood dancing and more – all from the comfort of our homes. This year’s Festival theme, ‘In the groove’, is a call for all older Victorians to embrace the new opportunities the Festival has to offer.
Check out the Community group features and get boot scootin!
Listen now to Radio reimagined or find out about the community radio stations broadcasting the Radio reimagined in your local area
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Commissioner for Senior Victorians
Gerard Mansour is a passionate advocate for the rights and needs of older Victorians, with more than 25 years’ experience working in the aged and wider community service sectors. He has contributed significantly to policy development and implementation of services assisting senior Victorians.