Seniors attend health forum

Margaret Kent and Lyn Launchbury found the topics of discussion at the seniors forum both interesting and helpful.
Margaret Kent and Lyn Launchbury found the topics of discussion at the seniors forum both interesting and helpful. Mike Knott

SENIORS from across the Bundaberg region packed into the Civic Centre yesterday for a forum on health tips.

Bundaberg Regional Council principal community development officer Bruce Green said about 140 people attended the free seniors and carers health forum.

That was about twice as many as attended a similar forum for seniors on legal issues last year.

Margaret Kent and Lyn Launchbury, two of the people who attended the forum, were clearly impressed with the amount of information on offer.

Enjoying a free light lunch during a break in proceedings, Mrs Kent said she was particularly impressed with the ground covered in the topic, “Influenza and Dengue Fever”.

“The bit about mosquitoes and dengue fever was just wonderful,” she said.

Mrs Kent also found a talk on “Medicines and You – Generics Explained” very informative.

“I was sitting next to someone who said she found she was allergic to generic medicines,” she said.

“It’s been very worthwhile; I wouldn’t have missed it.”

Mrs Launchbury said she enjoyed the way medical experts addressing the forum took the time to explain things in simple terms everyone could understand.

Mr Green said he had received a lot of positive feedback from seniors who had attended the event.

“The talk on medicines and generic brands was very well received,” he said.

The forum was organised by the Bundaberg Regional Council, the Bundaberg Region Seniors Network and Bundaberg Community Development.

Mr Green said there were a number of Bundaberg seniors organisations that organised one or two forums a year on issues pertinent to seniors.

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