Sensational seniors ageing positively

5 May 2014

THE Sensational Seniors for April know that staying active is essential to health and wellbeing, no matter your age.

Bright’s Joyce Trimas and Myrtleford’s Val McPherson have been recognised for their enthusiasm for life and commitment to health and fitness that makes them an inspiration to others.

91-year old Joyce moved to Bright three years ago from Sydney to be closer to her daughter, and has since become a part of the community, attending gym classes and spending time cooking and entertaining.

“I think it’s really important to be active – it helps you enjoy life more and be happy,” she said.

“In my life I’ve been lucky enough to have travelled and met all sorts of people, which was just fantastic.”

Long-time Myrtleford resident Val places great importance on fitness as a way of managing osteoporosis and arthritis, and is involved in the Wangaratta Family History Society and Myrtleford’s Royal Children’s Hospital Good Friday Appeal.

“I think being active needs to start before you’re a senior, it needs to start at least in middle age or else it can be difficult when you’re older,” she said.

“Being active is extremely important, and so is using your brain and keeping your mind active.”

Positive ageing can be defined as many things. It may be staying fit and healthy; spending time with friends and family; giving back to the community or simply taking a happy, positive approach to life. Do you know someone who is ageing positively?

To nominate someone to become a Sensational Senior contact Council’s Community Officer – Health and Wellbeing Pat Easterbrook on 5755 0555.

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