Your guide to The Senior ACT Seniors Week Expo - March 23

Tuesday, 28th February, 2017

ACT Seniors Week will be celebrated from March 18-26, and if you're looking for a great day out, make sure you visit The Senior Seniors Week Expo.

WHERE: Exhibition Park (EPIC) Canberra

WHEN: 9.30am-3pm, March 23

GETTING THERE: A free half hourly shuttle will operate from Woden Bus Interchange to Exhibition Park courtesy of the Flexible Bus Service, or use route 56, 57, or 58 which stops right outside Exhibition Park (on Flemington Road).

Here's a rundown of who will be there:


51 Acorn SLAcorn Stairlifts Australia

1800 535 473

Stall # : 51



02 6287 4393

Stall # : 67


15 ACT Smart Homes croppedActsmart ACT Government

02 6027 2999

Stall # : 15


60 Active TravelACTIVE TRAVEL

1300 783 188

Stall # : 60


62 Aged CommissionerAged Care Complaints Commissioner

1800 550 552

Stall # : 62


17 Aged Care plusAged Care Plus, The Salvation Army

1300 111 227

Stall # :  17


70 AlzheimersAlzheimer’s Australia ACT

02 6255 0722

Stall # : 70


63 74 Baptist CareBaptistCare

1300 275 227

Stall # : 63 & 74

Aged and community care provider BaptistCare's care service YouChoose is all about putting the client first, and helps people navigate through the new consumer directed care model which came into effect this February. The YouChoose service and website aims to take complicated aged care terminology and make it simple, for people like Fay and John, aged 80 and 84. The couple have lived in their home for 60 years, and it holds a lifetime of memories. When John was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease in 1995, Fay cared for him until she was diagnosed with cancer and it became impossible for them to cope on their own. BaptistCare supported Fay and John with low level care services, including domestic assistance, respite care for John, gardening services and their CareCall Emergency Response Service. In 2013 John was hospitalised and Fay had a heart attack while John was in hospital - so John was moved to a residential aged care centre. This left the couple devastated. "We missed each other terribly, so when BaptistCare Coordinator Jacqui Borg said she wanted to help me bring John home, I was so happy," said Fay. "YouChoose has given us the means to stay together in our own home. BaptistCare have been angels and we couldn't have survived without them." Watch Fay and John's story at


59 BelconnenBelconnen Community Service

02 6264 0200

Stall # : 59


56 Brindabella HearingBrindabella Hearing & Speech Centre

02 6281 2311

Stall # : 56

It is well known that our hearing ability diminishes with age; it is not so well known that getting help early is important. "The brain needs to be exercised to keep its sound-processing abilities from degrading; if sound stimulation stops reaching the brain, it can begin to atrophy and this can be difficult to reverse," said Brindabella Hearing & Speech Centre's practice manager Mandy Nyhof. Brindabella Hearing & Speech Centre has helped thousands rediscover communication through improved hearing. They are locally owned and completely independent. "Unlike some hearing centres, our audiologists are offered no commissions or other incentives to fit hearing aids. They are simply told to do their professional best in advising and recommending the best solution for their client, regardless of whether it is hearing aid brand X or Y or no hearing aid at all - sometimes a bit of counselling to a client and their partner is all that is needed," said Mandy. Hearing aids are the most common way to counter age-related hearing loss. "When combined with a comprehensive rehabilitation program that integrates into your lifestyle, the results are often sensational. Fresh air is breathed into your relationships as you rediscover the nuances and thrills of good conversation," she added. Brindabella Hearing & Centre has permanent clinics in Deakin, Bruce and Erindale as well as a regular visiting site in Queanbeyan.


73 CallaghansCallaghans

(02) 6256 6000

Stall # : 73

Callaghans has been providing accounting and financial services to the Canberra region for over 40 years and recently introduced retirement and aged care financial advice. Now experts can explain costs associated with retirement village living, home care packages, and full-time aged care in a residential facility. "Many people find understanding the financial aspects of the retirement and aged care system so daunting that they will avoid it until a critical situation arises. Decisions may then need to be undertaken quickly at a stressful and emotional time," Callaghans partner Kylie White said. "Having a plan in place can help alleviate financial concerns so focus can be directed on the situation at hand. "There is a widely circulated myth that selling the family home is always required to pay for entry into aged care, but this is often not the case." Kylie and Callaghans partner Elleot Politch are both qualified CPA accountants with training in aged care finance. They also have personal experience in retirement living decisions and aged care.


61 CalvaryCalvary Haydon Retirement Community

02 6264 7400

Stall # :  61

A welcoming retirement community surrounded by nature, Calvary Haydon Retirement Community is a fully-accredited residential aged care facility providing quality care accommodation (including palliative and dementia care), independent living apartments and villas in South Bruce, ACT. Calvary Haydon Retirement Community is part of the larger Calvary group, one of Australia's leading health, community and aged care providers. There are three types of care available, including residential aged care, independent living and respite care. Calvary Haydon Retirement Community is a close-knit community with extensive grounds. Residents enjoy leisure and lifestyle activities including arts, crafts, bingo, cooking, exercise programs and singing. There are also regular bus trips, social outings and on-site entertainment. Alongside the Residential Care Facility, Calvary Haydon Village is a community of two and three bedroom villas and apartments providing the freedom of independent living. Here residents enjoy an active social community and are centrally located close to Calvary Bruce Hospital, shopping centres, local clubs, aquatic centre and public transport.


72 Campbell5Campbell 5

1800 629 956

Stall # : 72

As an all-encompassing destination village and park-side living quarter, Campbell 5 is proving to be a popular choice for downsizers from Canberra and the surrounding region. Development Director Michael Prendergast attributes the popularity to changing attitudes toward post-retirement living. "Unlike in previous decades where retirees would opt for a tree- or sea-change, a growing number of baby boomers are choosing to stay in Canberra after they retire and increasingly opting to downsize to well-appointed apartments. This has certainly been our experience in Campbell 5 with a significant number of purchasers looking to live with greater amenity. They want to be closer to the city and the lake so that they can enjoy the type of lifestyle that proximity affords," said Mr Prendergast. Downsizers Pam and Paul Ferrar said their decision to relocate from their house in Curtin to an apartment in Campbell was primarily motivated by the desire for "a more flexible lifestyle". The location and design are what sold them on Saint-Germain in Campbell 5. Of their new three bedroom luxury apartment, the couple said " the position, style and overall design and finish" are what appealed to them most. "With completion on Saint-Germain expected this March, there is already a strong sense of community among future residents," said Mr Prendergast.


130 Capital ChemistCAPITAL CHEMIST

02 6126 4000

Stall # : 130

With 18 outlets in Canberra and 17 in New South Wales Capital Chemist's programs, support and sponsorship have widespread and ongoing impact. "At Capital Chemist, everything we do is underpinned by our long-term and extensive commitment to the communities in which we live and work," said Capital Chemist's community program manager Melita Flynn.
"What sets us apart is that instead of spending on mainstream advertising, we provide significant financial and in-kind support for a large number of community groups and organisations." From specialist schools, programs and events that enrich the lives of people living with a disability, to actively participating in local fundraising events, the Capital Chemist name is associated with many of charities as well as sporting, educational, and cultural organisations in local communities. At the same time, Capital Chemist pharmacists continue to help customers in many areas. The pharmacists are trained in various health initiatives to help customers with blood pressure, weight management, blood glucose testing, meds check and screening, Webster packing, home medicine reviews, mental health issues and sleep apnoea.



02 6295 2733

Stall # : 64


68 CurvesCurves

0435 611 013

Stall # : 68

CURVES is a women's only gym for all ages and in the ACT and Queanbeyan has helped strengthen women since 2005.
"Our program is designed to ensure that the joint/muscle groups worked are strengthened in both directions ensuring muscle balance, safety, and a complete and effective workout all in 30 minutes," said Curves Weston owner Julie Griffin.
"The beauty of Curves is you can work at your own pace. We pride ourselves on the service and support we provide, which includes a qualified coach, always on site, monthly catch-ups and a focus on correct technique, safety and member results."
Curves Wanniassa owner Chris Conway said balance can decline as we start to age. Curves offers two specialty circuits, Curves Body Basics Balance and Body Basic Stretch. These 30-minute circuits are designed to help improve balance, create a strong core and prevent injury that may occur from losing your balance and falling.
"We also enjoy having fun as we work out," said Chris. "Curves is not only a gym, it's a community of like-minded women all wanting the same outcome, better health and well-being. One thing is certain, you are never alone at Curves!"


55 DUODUO Services

02 6287 2870

Stall # : 55


79 80 Dept Human ServicesFinancial Information Service

132 300

Stall # : 79 & 80

The Government's Financial Information Service (FIS) gives free and confidential information on financial issues to all Australians. Michael Brown is an accountant, but said he still learns a lot by attending the department's free financial information sessions - in fact he's a regular at the free FIS seminars in Canberra. He said he's rarely missed a seminar in the past two years, and its not because he hasn't learned about investing, superannuation or managing your mone, but said he always learns something new. "The information is always up-to-date and I learn so much from these seminars. They're brilliant," Michael said. While he can advise his clients about many financial matters, he said the FIS Officers have a handle on the whole area - from superannuation and investment to aged care and pensions. He has high praise for the hosts. "Karl and Ashley are really informative and friendly," he said. The Canberra-based FISOs will be on hand to answer questions at the expo.



1800 132 385

Stall # : 54


75 HarcourtsHarcourts Brindabella

02 6100 6525

Stall # : 75


128 INCA ToursInca Tours

1800 024 955

Stall # : 128


83 Just Better CareJust Better Care Canberra and South East NSW

02 6280 4070

Stall # : 83

Services that make life a little easier will be the topic of conversation at the Just Better Care Canberra stand at the ACT Seniors Expo. Manning the stand will be Just Better Care franchise owner Fergus Nelson, who will be available for one-on-one chats about the various services available through Just Better Care. The Canberra franchise is part of the wider Just Better Care network, which has office locations across Australia. Every Just Better Care office is owned and operated locally to ensure the needs of the local community are met. Just Better Care customers have access to a broad range of aged care and disability support services, as well as social and lifestyle support options. From travel planning and mobility support, to shower assistance and meal preparation, Just Better Care offers services that support people to live independently. Mr Nelson said their service model focused on flexibility and adaptability to ensure customers received the type of care and support they were looking for.
Attendees who visit the stall will also be able to find information about how to access a home care package.


14 MPS travelMPS Travel + Tours

02 6123 0567

Stall # : 14


52 National SeniorsNational Seniors Australia

1300 76 50 50

Stall # : 52


53 RSL LifeCare

RSL Life Care

02 6263 9503

Stall # : 53



81 Seniors CoachSeniors Coach Tours

1800 815 906 or 03 9875 1444

Stall # : 81

Seniors Coach Tours (SCT) will be showcasing its array of Australian holidays for the second year running at the ACT Seniors Week Expo. SCT caters for travellers aged 60 and over and most trips are confirmed departures. "Comfort-plus, current model, two door and toilet equipped coaches makes travelling with SCT a breeze," said SCT's Joanne O'Callaghan. "Our prices are inclusive meaning there's no unexpected extras. All applicable air travel, accommodation, admittances, breakfasts, dinners and most lunches are included." She said many single travellers holiday with SCT and those wishing to share with the same gender don't pay a single supplement. "Two people crews, which include our friendly, experienced coach captain and host adds to a wonderful journey," added Joanne. "We also focus on easy-paced touring and itineraries with a balance between the need to "move on" to reach the destination with the opportunity to stop and enjoy places visited along the way." This year destinations include Norfolk Island as well as 'stayput' trips to Melbourne, Hobart and Warrnambool. There will be exclusive offers available at the SCT stand at the expo.


84 Summerfield BraidwoodSummerfield Braidwood

02 4842 1753

Stall # : 84

Summerfield Braidwood is proving to be a hit with downsizers. That's according to Peter Wallace from Habitat Realty - the exclusive selling agent for the new freehold title development designed for over-55s. "Overwhelmingly it is the freehold title that attracts people to inspect the project" said Habitat Reality principal Mr Wallace . "However it is the design, the prices and the quality of the total package that sets us apart. "Although the downsizer market is enormous many people are limited in funds to purchase as well as money to live off. The freehold title certainly provides people more options as they grow older," he said. Mr Wallace said Summerfield's purchasers have come from farming areas surrounding Braidwood and locations such as Canberra, Sydney, Bungendore, Michelago and the South Coast. "Many visitors to Summerfield are accepting Braidwood as an attractive independent village well-positioned between Canberra and Batemans Bay. The towns' vibrant personality continues to grow with its numerous festivals, specialty food shops, cafes, a variety of local markets and food producers." He said because of its strong community Braidwood is an ideal place to grow older.


58 The Caring factorThe Caring Factor

Marianne on  0450 855 373 or Margarete on 0450 868 363

Stall # : 58 

Margarete De Jong and Marianne Van Luyken are the co-founders of The Caring Factor and they make 'spillwear'.
So what is spillwear? "We have coined this term for what is commonly referred to as adult bibs. Yes, those currently available dreary, boring and drab garment protectors which just look like big bibs," said Margarete. "We believe that just because you are ill, have a disability or are of an advanced age, you should not have to suffer the indignity of wearing these often bland
generic garments." She said their aim is to change the way people thing about these sometimes necessary garments, so they can be viewed more as an accessory. "As you will see we have designed our garments with one eye on function and the other on style and colour." They currently offer one style in three distinctive patterns. The spillwear comes in two sizes, standard medium and large and plan to offer more sizes in the future and will be on display at the expo.


57 Western UnionWestern Union

Stall # : 57

Awareness is the best defence. That's the advice from Western Union's fraud risk manager for Asia Pacific, Wayne Howarth. "Fraudsters use a victim's emotions to create a sense of urgency, insisting that the victim send money using a money transfer service such as Western Union," he said. "Fraudsters may claim that the victim has outstanding taxes that will need to be settled immediately to avoid arrest or having their assets frozen. The fraudster will ask the victim to send the amount to pay the taxes immediately via money transfer, direct to a bank account or even to purchase gift cards." Mr Howarth said to help protect yourself against fraud, do not proceed with your money transfer if you have been asked to send money to an individual you have not met in person, for an unconfirmed emergency situation or for a purchase made online. Other situations to be wary of include being asked to send money for an anti-virus protection, a rental property deposit or payment, to claim lottery or prize winnings, to pay taxes, a charity donation or for a mystery shopping assignment. Warning bells should also ring if you've been asked to send money for an employment opportunity, credit card or loan fee, or to resolve an immigration matter. If you believe that you are a victim of fraud, call the Western Union Fraud Hotline at 1800 023 324.


71 X ValveXValve Technologies

1300 657 167

Stall # : 71



Many thanks to event sponsors:

  • Goodwin
  • The Senior
  • ACT Government
  • Beyond Bank
  • Capital Chemist
  • Labor Club
  • ActewAGL
  • St Andrews Village
  • Flexible Bus Service

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