What's on for Seniors
- Written by Adam Gatt Penrith City Council (02) 4732 7777 (02) 4732 7958 firstname.lastname@example.org https://www.penrithcity.nsw.gov.au 601 High St Penrith NSW 2750 Australia
Penrith City Council believes ‘old’ is just a state of mind! Reawaken your spirit of fun and adventure no matter how ‘old’ you are or feel. This page includes links to services and activities available across Penrith to help you get active, healthy and stay connected.
Local neighbourhood facilities
Neighbourhood Centres and Community Hubs have a long tradition of being a meeting place for neighbours to build a community. For information on the activities available at the below venues, please call Council’s Neighbourhood Facilities team on 4732 8021.
Penrith Seniors Centre
Run by volunteers and proudly supported by Penrith Council. It is host to a variety of activities aimed at over 55s, such as dance clubs, bridge clubs and computing clubs. You’re welcome to drop in and use the payphone, toilet facilities and rest in the air-conditioned foyer during opening hours.
Call the Centre directly on (02) 4721 0609 for more information on activities or see more information on the Halls & Community Centres page.
St Marys Seniors Citizens Centre
See more information about the facilities on the Halls & Community Centres page.
Voluntary groups and organisations
- Probus probussouthpacific.org
- Rotary rotaryaustralia.org.au
- Lions lionsclubs.org.au/ contact/nsw
- Zonta zontadistrict24.org
- U3A u3apenrith.org.au
- Australian Men’s Shed Association mensshed.org
- Penrith Senior Citizens Club users.on.net/~pvscc/ penrithseniors.html
- CPSA cpsa.org.au
- Quota quotainternational.org
- Australian Red Cross redcross.org.au/get-involved/connect/volunteer
- Do Something Near You dosomethingnearyou.com.au
- Wrap With Love Inc wrapwithlove.org
- Nepean District Historical Society nepeanhistoricalsociety.org.au
- St Marys & District Historical Society stmaryshistoricalsociety.org
- Conservation Volunteers conservationvolunteers.com.au
Explore your local area on foot
Penrith has many places where you can walk, cycle or be active. Whether you want to trim, tone or strengthen your body or just enjoy the scenic local environment along a creek or river there is something suitable for people of all ages, fitness levels and abilities.
More information is available on our Walking, cycling & exercise trails page.
Free access and support services
- My Aged Care 1800 200 422 myagedcare.gov.au
- National Dementia Helpline 1800 100 500 dementia.org.au /helpline
- Men’s Line Australia 1300 789 978 mensline.org.au
- Beyond Blue 1300 224 636 beyondblue.org.au
- Domestic Violence Assistance Line 1800 656 463
- Mental Health Access Line 1800 011 511
- Link2home (Homelessness Information and Services) 1800 152 152
- Cancer Council NSW 13 11 20 cancercouncil.com.au
- National Disability Insurance Agency (NIDS) 1800 800 110
- Carers Gateway 1800 422 737 carergateway.gov.au
- Carers Support 1800 242 636 carersnsw.gov.au
- Seniors Card NSW seniorscard.nsw.gov.au
- Seniors Rights Service 1800 424 079 seniorsrightsservice. org.au
- NSW Elder Abuse Hotline 1800 628 221 elderabusehelpline. com.au
Health programs and services
Agile… Not Fragile: a contemporary dance group for the young at heart, but not so young of body. Join us for some dance and fun – no experience required. Meets every Friday at the Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre. For more information, contact Fiona on 0401 912 177.
Stepping On Program: a community-based falls prevention program that helps reduce your risk of falling and maximises your independence at home. More information and registrations: 4734 3877. Bookings are essential.
My Aged Care (MAC): makes it easier for people over the age of 65, their families and carers to access information and support for ageing and aged care. More information: 1800 200 422 or myagedcare.gov.au
Dementia Support Nurses: offers short-term case management and care planning to assist staying at home. Contact: 4759 8700 (Lawson Community Health Centre) or 4734 4800 (Lemongrove Community Health Centre)
Carers NSW: the peak organisation for carers in NSW, it has an exclusive focus on supporting and advocating for all carers in the state. Contact: 1800 242 636 (freecall except from mobiles) or carersnsw.org.au
Carers Support: offers an opportunity to come together with people in similar caring situations to you so you can share your experiences and feel less isolated. More information: 1800 052 222 or visit carersnsw.org.au/groups
Respite: Carer Gateway can help you find respite options and can also arrange emergency respite for carers. More information: 1800 422737 or visit carergateway.gov.au/taking-a-break-respite
National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS): the new way of providing individualised support for people with permanent and significant disability, their families and carers. More information: 1800 800 110
Carer Payments: you may be eligible for Carer Payment or Carer Allowance. If you are getting a Centrelink payment you may also be able to receive some extra assistance, depending on your payment and circumstances. More information: 13 2717 or humanservices.gov.au/customer/themes or visit a Centrelink office.
Other useful contacts:
- Dementia Behaviour Management Advisory Service 1800 699 799
- National Dementia Helpline 1800 100 500
- Alzheimer’s Australia 1800 100 500
- Dementia Advisory Services 1300 111 278
Immunisation for adults
A healthy life includes protecting yourself and your loved ones against serious diseases. As we age our immunity against some diseases can wear off over time. You may be entitled to free vaccination.
What vaccines are free for older people?
50 years and over
- (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people)
- Pneumococcal Vaccine
- Influenza Vaccine (free from 15 years of age)
65 years and over
- Influenza Vaccine
- Pneumococcal Vaccine
- Herpes-Zoster (Shingles) vaccine
- A free single catch up dose is available for people aged 71-79 until October 2021
What’s so important about vaccination?
It is important that to be vaccinated as we age. The older we are, the higher the risk of having complications from certain diseases such as influenza and pneumococcal disease.
Where can I be vaccinated?
At your local doctor or healthcare provider.
How can I find out more?
If you have any questions talk to your doctor or call the immunisation team at the Penrith Public Health Unit on 47342022.
You can also visit the Immunise Australia website.