Local seniors are being warmly invited to join Coastlink’s popular Friendship Group at the organisation’s new and improved Woy Woy Activity Hub.

The Friendship Group affords older people the opportunity to meet new people, enjoy a meal and a laugh, and participate in a wide range of activities and events via the Group’s monthly Activity Calendar.

Coastlink Chair, John Mouland, says that loneliness and social isolation present a serious public health issue for older people, with compelling evidence about the physical and mental health impacts they can have.

“We know that the Australian population in general is ageing and living longer. The prevalence of loneliness and social isolation is rising, and I think the risks for older people have been exacerbated by new technologies, our fast-paced modern lifestyle, and of course, the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Already on the Central Coast, around 27% of the population is aged 60 years and older, but by 2036 the number of people aged over 60 is expected to increase significantly.

“It’s now well established that the physical, emotional and mental health of older adults is directly impacted by their level of social connection, and I’m proud that Coastlink offers programs like our Friendship Group to support and enhance their quality of life,” Mr Mouland said.

Coastlink CEO, Lynne Graham, says that the recent work to improve the organisation’s Woy Woy Activity Hub is a tangible example of the way Coastlink has made the health and wellbeing of their Aged Care clients a priority.

“From club visits and theme days to luncheons and live shows, our clients really love all of the activities we offer as part of the Friendship Group.

“But more than that, they’re so appreciative of the opportunity to get out and about on the Coast, meet other likeminded seniors, and strengthen their own connection to their local community.

“If you’re looking to get the right support for yourself or someone you love, I’d really encourage you to take a look our Aged Care options and see how we can help every local senior to live their life, their way,” Ms Graham said.

To see what fun is in store for the Friendship Group this month, check out the latest Activity Calendar on Coastlink’s website.

You can learn more about Coastlink’s wide range of aged care, disability and accommodation options at coastlink.org.au, or by following the organisation on Facebook, Instagram or LinkedIn.


Media Enquiries and Interviews:

Mr John Mouland
Chair, Coastlink
Via media@coastlink.org.au

Ms Lynne Graham
CEO, Coastlink
Via media@coastlink.org.au