WITH over 20 per cent of Canterbury Bankstown's 50,000 residents aged over 55, more and more pressure is placed on providing services for their growing numbers.
Currently there are 10 senior citizen centres, and six community centres, which offer a range of activities for older residents in the Canterbury Bankstown area. These centres are also available for community groups and private bookings.
Centres are located at Ashbury, Belmore, Earlwood, Lakemba, Riverwood, Punchbowl, Bankstown, Chester Hill, Georges Hall, Greenacre, Padstow, Panania and Yagoona.
Residents in their 50s often find that their children have left home and they may find themselves exploring new interests and activities to add fulfilment to their lives. This tends to increase as people who are working start thinking about part-time work or retirement.
A wide range of services are available in the Canterbury Bankstown local government area to help maintain their independence for as long as possible as they get older. This can take the form of assistance with transport, regular social contact, help to maintain a safe home environment and personal care.
Besides seniors' centres, the council also supports Bankstown Canterbury Community Transport (BCCT).
The Home and Community Care Program (HACC) is jointly funded by the State and Federal Government, and supported by Sydney Local Health District and South West Local Health District. BCCT is a not for profit organisation providing transport with care to the frail aged and people with disabilities who live within Bankstown and Canterbury.
BCCT is directed by an annually elected management committee made up of volunteers from the local community. Day to day operations are carried out by a highly trained team of full time and casual paid staff and various volunteers. For further information, call 9772 4928.
Canterbury Bankstown Council provides a Positive Ageing Office, which gives information and referral and works with community service providers to connect people with the services they need. Call 9789 9459 for more information.