October Seniors Fest
Clubs, community groups and local businesses are invited to host a free or low-cost event or activity as part of the Frankston Seniors Festival 1-31 October. Activities can assist to promote your business/club/activity to older residents.
Events will be listed in the Frankston Seniors Festival brochure. For more information phone: 9784.1943.
We can stop elder abuse
What is elder abuse?
Elder abuse is mistreatment of an older person that is committed by someone with whom the older person has a relationship of trust such as a partner, family member, friend or carer. Elder abuse may be physical, social, financial, psychological or sexual and can include mistreatment and neglect. Elder maltreatment can lead to serious physical injuries and long-term psychological consequences.
Sometimes family, friends and carers may not know that their actions amount to elder abuse.
The World Health Organization describes elder abuse as a violation of human rights and a significant cause of illness, loss of productivity, isolation and despair. (WHO 2002 Active Ageing Policy Framework). As such, it is an issue that affects not only the person who is impacted directly but also the broader community.
Older people have the right, just like people of all ages, to live safely free from harm, abuse, and exploitation. Any actions that breach this right are a form of abuse.
Who is affected by elder abuse?
Elder abuse is a problem that exists in both developing and developed countries yet is typically underreported globally. Prevalence rates or estimates exist only in selected developed countries — ranging from 1% to 10% of older people. Elder abuse has been shown to affect women and men, people from different cultural backgrounds, people with different levels of education and wealth, and both city-dwellers and country folk. The incidence of abuse towards older people is predicted to increase as many countries experience rapidly ageing populations. Although the extent of elder abuse is unknown, it is nonetheless a global social issue which affects the health and human rights of millions of older persons around the world, and an issue which deserves the attention of the international community.
Where can I find out more?
Seniors Rights Victoria works to prevent elder abuse from occurring by offering free legal advice and information as well a range of educational and advocacy activities. We are committed to safeguarding the rights, dignity and independence of older Victorians.
You can learn more about elder abuse, and the services of Seniors Rights Victoria, via their website at
If you are experiencing elder abuse and want to know what options are available to you, call the
Seniors Rights Victoria helpline on 1300 368 821
Supporting Seniors' Rights
Yarn bombing, yarnbombing, yarn storming, guerrilla knitting,
kniffiti, urban knitting or graffiti knitting is a type of graffiti or
street art that employs colourful displays of knitted
or crocheted yarn or fibre rather than paint or chalk.
From Sunday 14 June to Sunday 28 June, areas of Frankston and will soon be turning purple
Yarn bombing will feature on trees, poles and bollards in Frankston’s city centre, Coles Shopping Centre in Karingal Drive and in Frankston North at the Mahogany Avenue neighbourhood shops and the Frankston North Community Centre.
These areas will be adorned with knitted covers transforming the streets into a sea of vibrant purple hues, to acknowledge World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) on Monday 15 June.
The installation of knitted covers for everyday objects is a playful approach to start a conversation about this confronting issue.
Mornington Peninsula Shire and the Peninsula Advisory Committee for Elders (PACE) work closely with Seniors Rights Victoria to bring information and community forums to residents of the Mornington Peninsula.
From Monday, June 15th, there will be displays, purple ribbons and information available about WEAAD and what help Seniors Rights Victoria can offer at all MornPen Shire’s customer service offices - Rosebud, Mornington, Hastings and Somerville. PACE members will be present at Rosebud Plaza for a special WEAAD community information table on the afternoon of June 15 and local radio 98.7 RPP will broadcast information about WEAAD across all the day’s programs.
If you or someone you know is experiencing elder abuse, please visit the Seniors Rights Victoria website at www.seniorsrights.org.au or contact their free, confidential Helpline: 1300 368 821.
Peninsula Health, Mornington Peninsula Shire & Frankston City Council are pleased to present the updated Physical Activity Directory for Older People. Listing more than 200 groups in the Frankston Region and on the Mornington Peninsula, you are bound to find something that will appeal to you. The directory is available online www.peninsulahealth.org.au/agestrong . You can also order a free copy by contacting the Agestrong Network Coordinator email@example.com or 5976 9071, or the Shire’s Positive Ageing Officer, firstname.lastname@example.org or 0408 947 795
For more information visit seniorsrights.org.au
A Q&A with
Peninsula Health, Frankston City Council & Mornington Peninsula Shire present the updated Physical Activity Directory for Older People. With over 200 groups in the Frankston and Mornington Peninsula Region you are bound to find something for you. There are many groups for gentle exercise, walking/cycling, water exercise, strengthening, leisure, dancing and more. The directory is available online or you can order a free copy by contacting the Agestrong Network Coordinator on 5976.9071.
Do you need help with your iPad or other devices? Frankston Library can help! They offer FREE drop-in support for people with iPads or devices. Their IT technician is ready to help with any question you may have. Wednesdays and Fridays from 12pm til 1pm.
Frankston Library, 60 Playne Street, 9784. 1020
Ballroom dancing lessons and social dancing. Dancing has mental, physical and social benefits – why not give it a try? No need to book, just come along to beginner or intermediate lessons, or come for social dancing.
Mondays – Beginners from 12.15pm.
Intermediate from 1.30pm.
Social from 2pm Wednesdays Beginners from 11.45am til 2pm. Social from 1.15pm til 4pm
Chelsea Activity Hub, 3-5 Showers Ave, Chelsea (2 min walk from Chelsea Station) Cost: $3 (includes refreshments and prizes)
Enquiries: Angela on 9775.9542 or 0411.148 313
Fun for everyone - join in scrabble, rummy-o, cards or Yahtzee to name a few. No need to book. Mondays during school terms from 12pm til 2pm
Belvedere Community Centre,
36 Belvedere Road, Seaford
Cost: $2.50 Enquiries: 9776.8922
Mornington VIEW Club provides a support network for women, to meet in friendship and to support the work of the Smith Family.They have many outings and activities planned throughout the year. Luncheon meetings are held on the fourth Friday of every month at the Mornington Golf Club, Tallis Avenue, Mornington. All ladies are invited to join for a two course lunch in a delightful venue. For details of the club, please contact Pam on 5975.3846.
Frankston Peninsula Activities group. Come along and join a social group for over 50s, where you will be warmly welcomed and introduced to their members. They meet on the third Friday of every month. You can book a trip, hear a speaker of interest, have a cuppa and meet some new people. If you would like some more information please call Joana on 9775.2304.
Frankston East Over 55s Club Inc. A normal week for this club involves live entertainment, competitive and social carpet bowls, gentle exercise classes, craft & chat group, Rummikub, line dancing, bingo and a free book and jigsaw lending library.Everyone heads out on a bus day trip once a month. Non-members are welcome to come and try bingo on Sundays at 12.45pm, or any activity during the week. Meet at Leawarra House, 200 Beach Street, Frankston, every day (except Thursday). For more information including times please contact the Secretary, Karen, on 8774.3437.
Langwarrin Community Centre Senior Citizens. Come and join the Langwarrin Community Centre Seniors Citizens Club. They meet weekly on Wednesday afternoons from 12.45pm, and enjoy outings, luncheons and trips together. For more information about this friendly club, please call Linda or Jay on 5995.5281.
Community Bus Agestrong exercise classes. Peninsula Health’s Agestrong program at Frankston South Community and Recreation Centre is the perfect form of exercise when recovering from illness or chronic health conditions. This strength and balance program uses body resistance and weights designed for seniors. For participants who don’t drive or have difficulty accessing the venue, community transport may be able to assist you in getting there. Sessions that offer bus pickup are Mondays at 11.30am and 12.30pm, and Wednesdays at 11.30am. Enrolment forms can be obtained from the Frankston South Community and Recreation Centre or please contact the Centre Supervisor on 9293.7122 for further information
And learn about PCs
BROADBAND and Windows 8 Training. We are proud to offer FREE Broadband for Seniors tutorials at the Centre. These sessions are individual classes with Tony, our tutor, who is both knowledgeable and patient. Bentons Square has also acquired a Windows 8 touch-screen computer courtesy of the Federal government’s Broadband initiative. This is a great opportunity to empower yourself and learn how to get touchy feely with the latest in IT. Please contact us to book a class with Tony. Phone: 5977 2468
Walk on the Bay side
Various regular Walking Groups across the peninsula cater specifically for older community members and offer an opportunity to make social connections and keep healthy as well.
• Let’s Walk - Mornington Centro Shopping Centre, 78 Barkley Street Mornington, Thursday, 7.45am to 8.45am,
• Walk for Wellness -Meets at Royal Hotel, 770 The Esplanade Mornington
• Rosebud Plaza Walk - Port Phillip Plaza, Rosebud
• Mornington Centro Walk - Mornington Centro Shopping Centre, 78 Barkley Street Mornington
• Healthy Heart Walks - Somerville Recreation & Community Centre, 14 Edward Street Somerville
• Foreshore Café, 1591 Point Nepean Road Rosebud
For information on any of these walking groups contact
Rosemarie or Sandra on: (03) 5950.1560.
Showing Off Our Accessibility
A free, award-winning app is highlighting the many accessible features of the Mornington Peninsula.
The "Out & About" app lists accessible venues and events across Melbourne, and the seaside municipality is proving to be one of the most accessible areas across the metropolitan region.
The app highlights accessibility features such as wheelchair access, accessible toilets, disabled parking, accessible walking paths and, among other things, hearing loops.
The app was developed by not-for-profit disability and aged care services provider Villa Maria as a way of improving social inclusion for people with disabilities and mobility limitations.
Of the 2,500-plus venues listed on the app, 123 are located on the Mornington Peninsula, including restaurants and cafes, holiday accommodation, parks and playgrounds.
Villa Maria knows wants to hear from Mornington Peninsula residents about other accessible venues and events, to help build a comprehensive list that will enable people to find the most suitable place for them.
To recommend a venue or event for inclusion, residents can download the app and follow the prompts, or contact Villa Maria on: 9412 8407. The app is available on Android and iPhone. For more information visit: outandaboutapp.com.au
About Villa Maria
Villa Maria is a values–based, not-for-profit organisation providing quality services and life enhancing opportunities for older people, children and adults with a disability, their families and carers.
Established in 1907 as the Catholic Braille Writers Association, Villa Maria has grown to become one of Victoria’s largest not-for-profit providers of disability, education and senior services with more than 60 programs supporting 5,000 people across the state and southern New South Wales.
Every day of the year, 1,200 staff and 300-plus volunteers respond to the unique needs.