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RetireAustralia urges you to ask R U OK?

Tuesday, 12th September, 2017

FRIENDLY SUPPORT - RetireAustralia residents Danny Boon (left) and Garry Adair.

UP TO 15 per cent of Australian seniors experience depression, with many over-65s feeling there is a stigma attached to depression and anxiety.

That's according to mental health not for profit Beyondblue, which is urging communities to get behind R U OK? Day this September 14.

Retirement village operator RetireAustralia is holding events across its villages in Queensland, New South Wales and South Australia to mark the day.

Held annually since its foundation in 2009, R U OK? Day is a national day of action dedicated to connecting with others with one simple but potentially life-changing question.

RetireAustralia CEO Alison Quinn said taking part in R U OK? Day is an opportunity to help boost the wellbeing and happiness of both residents and members of the wider community.

"Mental health and wellbeing is as important for our seniors as it is for the wider community," Alison said.

"Our communities cater to the needs of older Australians, and one of the most important things they offer is a place to connect socially and create meaningful relationships.

"As we age, we are more at risk of becoming socially-isolated as the informal connections developed through work and families are no longer there.

"Within retirement communities, our staff offer a friendly face, a helping hand and a listening ear, to create communities which foster supportive and caring environments in which our residents can feel safe, secure and connected.

"Asking a friend, family member, neighbour or colleague 'Are you okay?' can really make a difference to a person. Village residents and staff will host morning teas and a range of activities, with everyone welcome to attend, with the purpose of getting together, starting conversations, and asking "Are you okay?"

For more information about RetireAustralia's R U OK? Day events, visit retireaustralia.com.au/areyouokay

  • If you are affected by depression or anxiety and need to talk, contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or beyondblue on 1300 224 636.

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