A pandemic and a royal commission have meant older Australians have certainly been in the spotlight for the last year.
That focus will continue with Western Australia’s biggest expo for older Australians, showcasing ways to make life easier in later years.
The Care & Ageing Well Expo will be held at the Perth Convention & Exhibition Centre on 14 and 15 August, with more than 100 exhibitors and speakers across two stages.
Created by Leading Age Services Australia (LASA) in 2017 and building on a strong reputation, this year’s expo is expected to attract thousands of people.
LASA CEO Sean Rooney says innovation is making lives better through the fantastic products and services available to help older Australians age well.
“Living your life as older Australians is a great bonus and these expos concentrate on enjoying the best of lives and supporting people who need assistance,” he says.
“We want our nation to care about better ageing futures, using innovative technologies and community connections to make the most of our lengthening lives.”
The Care & Ageing Well Expo will also be going national, to be held at the Melbourne Convention Exhibition Centre on 12 and 13 February in 2022.
Mr Rooney said both events provide ideas and answers for our older population to plan for the years ahead, armed with assurance for them and their families.
“The Expo is about giving families and their older relatives confidence and convenience in living the best life. It centres everything together, so people can have conversations with organisations and experts to make sure they focus on better ageing.
“Also, the speaker’s program is vital, giving visitors a new perspective on lifestyles and including discussions on budgets and legal advice.”
Key platforms will focus on ageing well, starting the conversation and planning for the future, including transformation in aged care and care and support at all levels of the community.
It will provide a forum full of information, whether people are just starting to understand the journey of caring for the aged or looking on how they can be better prepared for the future.
CMS Events director, Richard Campbell, who runs the expo, says Australia’s ageing population made it imperative for the age services industry to be innovative.
“It needs to accelerate innovation to translate ideas into action, resulting in better outcomes for older Australians. The industry needs to promote a balanced outlook on living in the healthiest and most comfortable way as people age. It is important to include the whole family in the planning process.”
The expo will provide a great starting point for families who were unsure where to begin on the journey and will provide solutions to fit their needs.
The Expo will show the full spectrum of products and services in home care, residential care and retirement living that will assist the community to navigate through what can be a confusing journey and will provide a major community awareness of aged care services, support services, products and education. Other products and services featured include medical, legal and financial advice and products that make it easier for older people to remain in their homes.
With a great line-up on both stages for visitors, the organisers have planned to live stream the seminars so those people unable to attend have access to the information.
The organisers are fully compliant with Covid-19 practices and will welcome the event back after a one-year hiatus.
From residential and home care to retirement living the expo will cover all the lifestyle options for later life.
Exhibitors include equipment and service providers to health care, technology and support groups.
The Perth Expo will be open from 9.30am to 4pm on 14 and 15 August.
Entry is free and pre-registration is encouraged to assist the management of crowd flow.
More information is available at www.careandageingexpo.com.au.