#CelebrateAge this Spring





#CelebrateAge Awards - see our event photos & bios below


Happiness & Longevity with Dr Tim Sharp

Thursday 27th October 2016, 1.00 - 4.00pm
SAHMRI Auditorium
Dr Sharp photo

Dr Tim Sharp, Australia's very own 'Dr Happy', is at the at the forefront of the positive psychology movement and founder of The Happiness Institute.

A sought after public speaker, best selling author of multiple books and regular on Australian and International TV, Dr Happy is widely regarded as a leader in mental health and the authority on all things happiness in Australia.

With three degrees in psychology (including a Ph.D.) and an impressive record as an academic, clinician and coach, Dr Happy is a passionate professional with a wealth of experience both in the field and the media.

Actively involved in research, education and practice, he is the founder and CHO (Chief Happiness Officer) of The Happiness Institute, Australia's first and now largest organisation devoted solely to enhancing happiness in individuals, families and organisations.

In partnership with the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI) Wellbeing and Resilience Centre, we were thrilled to present Dr Happy to speak to our members and supporters as part of #CelebrateAge this Spring. 

Thanks to our exhibitors at the event:

SAHMRI Wellbeing and Resilience Centre


Southern Cross Care SA&NT

ACH Group


SA Health

Real Time Enhancements

Blackwood Fitness

Royal Society for the Blind (RSB)

Walking SA

Lifeflow Meditation Centre

Mostly Books



# CelebrateAge Awards 2016

Winners 2016Active Ageing recognises the contribution of individuals, community organisations and clubs in keeping Australians active.Nominations are now closed for the 2016 #CelebrateAge Awards, with the ceremony being held at Adelaide Oval on Wednesday 28 September. We were delighted that our Patron his Excellency the Governor, the Honourable Hieu Van Le AC, presented the #CelebrateAge Awards.

Thank you to everyone who nominated, and congratulations to the winners - here's a summary, with further information on winners and notable nominees below.

Individual Award Winners:

Club Award Winners:

Community Organisation Award Winners:

Individual Award Winners

Lily Boyce, Grenville Community Hub
Lily Boyce Award

Lily cares deeply for people, she advocates for the people she meets ensuring that they are provided the opportunities to live life to the fullest. She is also an active volunteer within the community; she is a volunteer exercise leader running three classes per week incorporating Scottish dancing, relaxation and line dancing into her self designed exercise routine. She is also a member of the Grenville Players and a Heart Foundation Volunteer Walk Leader.


Margaret Day

Margaret Day AwardMargaret has contributed to the advancement of cycling for transport and recreation in SA, as a leader, advocate and initiator. She has made significant contributions to making commuter cycling safer and to recreational cycling facilities. Margaret also founded Australian Bike Friday Club which has met annually for twenty years of social riding. She has also worked with local government to bring cycling events to regional SA and improve signage along bicycle routes.


Pam Fiala, Trees for Life
Pam Fiala Award

Pam is actively involved with bushcaring at her Bush For Life site located in Belair. For twenty years Pam has been spraying with a five litre spray unit or getting down on her hands and knees hand weeding and cutting & swabbing. She is one of Trees For Life's most active mature bushcarers, putting people half her age to shame with the agility she shows traipsing through the bush at her site.




Laurel Anderson, Mannum Visitor Information Centre

Laurel Anderson

Laurel is a joy to have at the Mannum Visitor Information Centre. She is a wealth of information who loves to chat to the customers, always welcoming them with a smile. At 85 years of age, she is extremely sharp and a valued member of the volunteers.



Caroline Dowling, ModFit Tea Tree Gully Council
Caroline Dowling

Caroline is a fantastic instructor with the ModFit group at the Golden Grove Art and Rec Centre who makes every Wednesday a reason to get up and join in her exercise class. She interacts positively and easily with each member, making everyone feel at ease in her class with her friendly and respectful approach. ModFit was one of our Club Award winners - see below!

Dennis Jarman, Playford Community Fund
Following retirement Dennis became involved with the Playford Community Fund which he is now the Chairman of. He coordinates forty volunteers, and together they provide emergency assistance to those in need five days a week. This support can include provision of food supplies, appliances, household goods and furniture, and payment of household and pharmacy bills. He is also an active volunteer with Churches of Christ Opportunity shop, Youth Centre in Elizabeth. He is also the Chairman of Paraworks links and Chairman of his Independent Living Residents group.

Raelene Kernick, Coonalpyn
Raelene KernickRaelene leads an EMAA class which she established in 2004 in the small country community of Coonalpyn. She has also mentored & encouraged Marianne as an EMAA instructor in the neighbouring town of Tintinara. Raelene has provided both men & women with an exercise program & social outlet which contributes to both improved health & well being. One participant said, 'EMAA has been so instrumental in me regaining my fitness following two hip replacements and one shoulder replacement''.

Kay McKenzie, Total Fitness Design
Kay MacKenzie

Kay teaches group fitness classes to people of all ages, however her speciality is inspiring the senior members of the community to stay fit and healthy. Her experience in educating and teaching the public about the benefits of exercise spans 40 years. Her role within the ageing community demonstrates that mental and physical health can be achieved irrespective of age.

Molly Mersh, Anytime Fitness
Molly Mersh

Molly has been actively involved with Adelaide City Council and Anytime Fitness Morphett St. to develop, promote and maintain outdoor circuit classes in Light Square and Victoria Square on Monday evenings as part of the Active Ambassadors Initiative. Molly prepares exercises for each of her classes keeping the participants fitness level in mind, which can range from early twenties to early sixties. Molly also runs an Active Ambassador Class for seniors at the Box Factory with an age range of seventy to ninety.

Meirwen Whewell and Barbara Stodart, Box Factory Community Centre
Meirwen and Barbara have been involved in research that recognised how fitness and exercise are essential in maintaining and improving personal well-being and resilience. From this research 'Exercise for Seniors' chair-based exercise class was developed and hosted at the Box Factory Community Centre. The class has been running fortnightly for almost a year now.

Cholly Winter, Filipino Aged Care of South Australia
Cholly has been volunteering in the community for more than 35 years, starting just two years after arriving in Adelaide. Some of the organisations she has volunteered for include; Filipino Association of South Australia, Multicultural Aged Care, COTA Seniors Voice, Cancer Voices of SA, International Women's Day Committee, Filipino Australian Community, Filipino Aged Care of South Australia, Cancer Australia and the Migrant Lobby Group.


Club Award Winners

Blackwood FItness
Blackwood-Fitness AwardBlackwood Fitness provides programs aimed at seniors which are growing in reputation and number each year. They are involved with the Strength for Life program and provide classes aimed at ageing population including 'Gentle Aero', 'Gentle Yoga', and water fitness classes. They also aim to foster a social environment for their older members with activities including, morning teas, lunch outings and a cafe area.


Flagstaff Hill Tennis Club
FHTC AwardFlagstaff Hill Tennis(FHTC) in conjunction with Active Ageing Aust, Tennis SA & City of Onkaparinga coordinated and implemented the Rusty Tennis Program at FHTC courts which commenced in 2015. The Rusty Tennis program has facilitated a social support group for participants and some people attend for the cuppa and chat afterwards. The FHTC Board invested time and energy in promoting this activity through local retirement villages, community groups and nearby shopping centres. The Rusty Tennis Program at FHTC is one of the most successful 5 for 10 programs.

ModFit (Modified Fitness Classes) – Tea Tree Gully Council
ModfitModFit is a community organization that operates out of Golden Grove Community Centre. The group was initially conceived as part of the Healthy Communities government funding and it continues to grow year to year. The group meets weekly to exercise, dance, laugh, have fun and provide social support for each other. Caroline Dowling runs the group, she keeps the exercises interesting and age and fitness appropriate. She provides the support to those in attendance to improve at their own pace.



Move Through Life - Dance Studio
Move Through Life provide targeted classes for mature aged people to enable to stay mentally and physically active. It has been noted that these classes can also be beneficial in improving stability, balance, tone and flexibility in the participants. The teachers and the organisation had an ethos which embraces the benefits of music and movement throughout everyone's lives.

Tea Tree Gully Croquet Club Inc.
TTG Croquet

Originally formed in 1985, Tea Tree Gully Croquet Club provides a friendly welcome environment that makes members, visitors and new players all feel welcome. The Tea Tree Gully Croquet Club has also been participating in Active Ageing Australia's 5for10 Program. Pictured: Peter Rostron, President of the Club.


Unley Italian Community Association – Unley Mensa
Formed in 1987, Unley Mensa was developed as a program to provide a traditional Italian lunchtime meal, social activities and recreational activities to the elderly Italian community in Unley. The program is run by over ten volunteers, who are predominantly over sixty five years of age. They provide a fortnightly social program which includes a nutritious and affordable three course meal for over one hundred elderly residents in the Unley area.


Community Organisation Award Winners

Community Health and Wellbeing Division, City of Salisbury
The Community Health and Wellbeing Division provide a range of services which promote the value of a full, active life to the growing fifty plus age group. This includes: development of an "Age Friendly Salisbury" strategy, working with the Wellbeing and Resilience Centre at SAHMRI to measure and build resilience and well-being among older people, three 'over fifties' centres, in-home assistance, quarterly seniors magazine, monthly wellbeing newsletter and a communal garden.

District Council of Barunga West
Andrew Cole AwardThe District Council of Barunga West has a population profile which is older than the regional average of South Australia. There is a higher proportion of people living with disability, older residents are at risk of isolation and have reduced access to infrastructure and transport. To combat this Barunga Council invested in infrastructure projects to encourage senior members of the community to be active. These projects included a 2.5km pathway connecting the aged care facility to the central business precinct and 'boardwalk' mats so mobility impaired residents could access a section of beachfront and the water at Pt. Broughton. Pictured: Andrew Cole

Southern Cross Care
SXC AwardSouthern Cross Care is committed to healthy and active ageing for all. Contemporary best practice research highlights the benefits of systematic approaches to achieve healthy ageing defined by the World Health Organisation (WHO) as the process of developing and maintaining the functional ability that enables well-being in older age. We have implemented an early intervention strategy and established 13 Health & Wellness Centres (gyms) within our residential care homes with up to 50% of residents attending. This includes a strong commitment to developing the capacity and skills of our workforce to identify frailty and decline, and support health literacy interventions that empower our customers to recover their functional capacity and do more of the things they love. Pictured: Jo Boylan

Vietnamese Community Australia – SA Chapter
Vietnamese Community AwardVCASA offer a range of activities covering nutrition, exercise and well-being for Vietnamese clients and other older adults in their communities. They have different programs running each day of the week, in venues across western and northern Adelaide, including programs specifically for frail older adults and those living with dementia. Volunteers are crucial to the success of the programs, providing transportation to enable participation.



Boandik St. Mary's ACF
Boandik St. Mary's ACF aims to develop the exercise capacity of older people. They achieve this through their Easymoves programs which run Monday to Friday. Two sessions are conducted in the dementia unit on Mondays and Thursdays. There is also a walking group in the mornings for residents who want to do more exercise. The residents themselves requested that the Easymoves be available all five days because they enjoy it so much.

Multicultural Aged Care Inc – Cafe 94
Cafe94Once a month in three different locations around Adelaide, Café 94 opens its doors to older people from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds. For three hours they can leave their troubles and worries behind and join other older people for a social support activity that they eagerly await each month. Café 94 is a concept rather than a place. It is a multicultural, activity-based, social support program which is aimed at active, older people aged over 65 years from CALD backgrounds.

Multicultural Melodies, City of Tea Tree Gully
Multicultural MelodiesMulticultural Melodies is a new initiative which aims to fill a gap highlighted by older multicultural residents. The program provides the opportunity to re-ignite some old musical talents and learn some new ones in a supportive, fun and inclusive environment. A noted response from the participants is that singing has improved their overall breathing. There is also a low impact exercise element involving chair exercise, tai chi, clapping and foot tapping.

Operation Flinders Foundation - Volunteers
Operation FlindersThe organisation allows older Australians to stay active through volunteering to lead at risk youth in preventative trek programs through remote areas in the Northern Flinders Ranges. The volunteers are invaluable to the aims of Operation Flinders and they bring their love for the outdoors, physical activity, and their considerable life skills and insights to the program. The program facilitates the opportunity for older Australians to continue to contribute back to society in a positive, productive and meaningful way.

Technical Aid to the Disabled
TADSATechnical Aid to the Disabled SA (TADSA) is a charity whose volunteers (mostly retired gentlemen) design and build equipment which is not commercially available for people with disabilities and the frail aged. The equipment improves the quality of life for clients and gives them more independence. The TADSA service allows volunteers and clients to stay connected to their community whether they are building the equipment or using it. TADSA has been providing this service for 38 years and without TADSA many hundreds of people with disabilities would struggle with day to day activities.

The Silver Beat Rock Choir
Silver Beat

A singing group of around fifty five members aged from sixty five to around ninety. They rehearse each week and have performed on television. They are an active group, who all say they are healthier now than when they began. Singing is an aerobic activity in itself but Silver Beats performances include movement and lots more.

Trees for Life
Trees For LifeSince 1981, TFL has trained and worked with thousands of dedicated volunteers to revegetate South Australia and conserve its remnant bushland. The majority of our 2000 volunteers are older people, and Trees For Life plays a critical role supporting them to be active and make an important contribution to our natural environment. Our biggest volunteer program is Bush For Life; which we could not run without the dedication of older South Australians. In our annual Bush For Life volunteer survey in 2015, 86% of the 445 respondents reported their age as 55 or over.


InterACTIVE at the Bay

Sunday 25 September 2016
10:00 for a 10:30 start at Brian Nadilo Reserve

A fun, free, all ages event around Glenelg and the Holdfast Bay area.

Take a guided interactive walk around the Glenelg Precinct while enjoying the sights and culture of the area.

There will be a quiz to get involved with during the walk with prizes to be won.



2015 #CelebrateAge Award Winners

Our inaugural Awards Ceremony was held on Wednesday 30th September 2015 at Reade Park Tennis Club Colonel Light Gardens.

The winners were:

Individual achievement - Patrick Walden OAM, Gymnastics SA Queenstown Gymnastics Club.

Organisational achievement - Grenville Community Connections Hub, accepted by Sian Campbell.