Calling over 50s to join National Seniors Association
WITH a large elderly demographic in the Fraser Coast community, loneliness and isolation can be a problem.
However, the lives of the over 50s in the region are enhanced thanks to organisations such as National Seniors Association (NSA).
NSA Hervey Bay is a social and support group which meets on the third Tuesday of each month.
The group represents the needs of the senior Australians while enjoying a social and friendly atmosphere.
Brian Crane is the NSA Hervey Bay branch president.
He has been a member for 13 years and is passionate about his role in enriching the lives of the older Australians.
"It's not necessarily elderly people, it's the over 50s," he said.
With more than 200,000 members nationwide the NSA is the country's largest not for profit organisation for the over 50s.
Mr Crane has been president for one year and is still thankful he joined years ago.
"One of my friends was a member and he encouraged me to join," he said.
While there is a serious side to this community organisation, most of it is all about fun.
"At meetings we have proper minutes then any issues that might come up we talk about," he said.
"We also have a guest speaker or entertainer."
It's predicted there are more than 1000 NSA members in Hervey Bay but only about 50 turn up for general meetings.
When the group isn't debating the issues at meetings they're usually deciding where to eat.
Their regular social outings include lunches, dinners and day trips away.
Over 50s people out there: Mr Crane is encouraging you to join the club to celebrate your golden years.
"If people are feeling isolated they can join in our activities," he said.