Federal Member for Mayo Rebekha Sharkie has launched a Mayo Seniors Information Guide

Member for Mayo Rebekha Sharkie with the must have information guide for seniors in the community.

Member for Mayo Rebekha Sharkie with the must have information guide for seniors in the community.

Federal Member for Mayo Rebekha Sharkie has launched a Mayo Seniors Information Guide, providing information about important services and contacts for seniors.

The 75-page booklet includes information about a wide range of topics including financial matters, health and aged care, community participation, employment and volunteering.

Ms Sharkie said older Australians made a significant contribution to the community and it was a priority to make sure they received the care and services they deserve.

"Many of our charities and community organisations are heavily dependent on the hours of volunteering from our retired and semi-retired residents," Ms Sharkie said.

"Indeed, I believe one of the reasons why Mayo has such a high volunteering rate - standing at 29 per cent of the population compared with the state average of just over 21 per cent and the national average of 19 per cent - is because we are an older community with a heart for community service.

"At the 2016, Census residents aged 65 years and over made up more than 22 per cent of our population making Mayo the electorate with the oldest median age (46 years) in the state and the sixth oldest in Australia."

In Goolwa and Victor Harbor the median age is around 60 years and residents aged 65 years and over make up around 40 per cent of the population.

"Mayo has changed slightly since the 2019 election, but servicing the needs of older Australians remains an important issue for our community," she said.

"I created this guide because I wanted our senior residents to have a trusted source to turn to for relevant, local information and while many older Australians are tech savvy, the feedback I have from my community is that they still prefer to have a written brochure."

The Mayo Seniors Information Guide is available for collection at Rebekha Sharkie's electorate office at 26 Hindmarsh Road, Victor Harbor, or call the Mount Barker Electorate Office on 8398 5566 to arrange a copy to be placed in the post.

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