Roly Sussex is assisting in the fight against age-related disease.
Roly Sussex is assisting in the fight against age-related disease. Contributed

Expo aims to help us embrace the positive ageing journey

BABY boomers are the fastest-growing sector of our population but there is still limited access to information that empowers older people to make decisions that will allow them to age well.

This is despite the fact that in Queensland there are currently more than 1 million people aged over 55 years, making up 25 per cent of the total population.

Kevin Rouse, CEO of Burnie Brae and advocate for Positive Ageing said: "It's this information gap that encouraged Burnie Brae to become involved with the Positive Ageing Committee who will this year host its ninth annual Positive Ageing Journey & Expo in conjunction with The University of Queensland's School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work.”

The Positive Ageing Event is designed to bring together a selection of guest speakers and exhibitors who focus on the things baby boomers and beyond can do to create happiness, engagement and well-being to get the most out of their everyday life in their senior years.

Guest speakers at the event this year will include well-known chef and food ambassador Alastair McLeod from Channel 10's ready steady cook who will lead a cooking demonstration using healthy fresh food to fight ageing.

Plus world-renowned Research Professor Roly Sussex who will be educating the audience on how learning a language in later life can push back on the ageing process. There will also be a session on Brain Training and what seniors can do to stay healthy, as well as an information session on security as we age.

Alastair McLeod advocates eating well to help the ageing process.
Alastair McLeod advocates eating well to help the ageing process. Contributed

"The Positive Ageing Journey aims to offer attendees insights into maximising their wellbeing in later life,” Mr Rouse said.

"In the past all the health and medical information available on ageing has focused on what our body and mind can no longer do, that it could when we were younger. All the focus has been on mourning the loss of happiness and health, as opposed to what seniors can actually do as they age to incorporate positive lifestyle choices and significantly reduce aging related issues.”

Mr Rouse said that as the Australian population aged, we were starting to see Seniors demand more choices about how they lived their life.

"More people are wanting to remain living in their own homes for longer and stay as independent as possible for as long as possible. They are wanting to push back against age issues such as disease and depression caused by social isolation,” he said.

The Positive Ageing Journey is all about providing facts and practical ideas that Seniors can take away with them to get the most out of their semi-retirement and retirement years.

"Attendees should expect an educational and entertaining day, and to leave the expo with helpful information and some great tips and ideas to push back on the ageing process,” Mr Rouse said.

This year the Positive Ageing Journey Event & Expo will be held on Saturday, June 29 at the Burnie Brae Community Centre (60 Kuran St, Chermside, Brisbane).

Tickets are available now for $20 per person including all guest speaker sessions, morning tea & lunch. To book call Burnie Brae on 07 3624 2121 or book online through the Burnie Brae website at www.burniebrae.org.au/PositiveAgeingJourney.