Information for seniors
- This page has information for seniors in Cardinia Shire, including news, events and support available.
- Cardinia Shire is proud to be an Age Friendly City, recognised by the World Health Organisation. Our shire encourages active ageing by giving people opportunities to enjoy good health, participate in their community and feel secure and safe as they age.
- Don't miss our Ageing Well newsletter. You can pick up a copy from many locations around the shire, read it online or sign up to have it emailed to you.
Ageing Well newsletter
Where to pick up a copy
Pick up a free copy of Cardinia Shire's 'Ageing Well' newsletter from:
- your local library (including mobile libraries)
- neighbourhood houses and community centres
- Cardinia Cultural Centre
- Council’s Customer Service Centre
- Cardinia Life
- Koo Wee Rup Regional Health Service
- Garfield community op shop.
Request to get the newsletter sent to you
If you would like to get every edition of Ageing Well newsletter posted to you, email us at email@example.com and we'll add you to the mailing list.
Opportunities for people with dementia to socialise
More info: Dementia-friendly communities page
My Aged Care support services and local information sessions
- My Aged Care is the Australian Government's starting point on your aged care journey.
- Find and access the government-funded services you need.
- Getting some help at home can enable you to continue to live independently in your own home for as long as possible.
- There are many types of support and care available.
- If you are just starting out on your aged care journey, this is your first step. See what services are available to help you stay in your own home, including help with housework or shopping, or what to expect in an aged care home.
- Care support available from long term to short term, to transition post-surgery care and respite care
Ageing in your own home - information sessions
Outlook Community Centre, 24 Toomuc Valley Rd, Pakenham
- A team of local residents has been trained as volunteers to operate the My Aged Care Navigators Hub in our shire.
- Drop into a free information session to get friendly and helpful advice.
- It's highly recommended that you attend the first session, and ideally all of them.
Session 1: The start of the journey
Wednesday 26 May 2021, 10am to 12 noon
Session 2: Assessment and service provision
Wednesday 9 June 2021, 10am to noon
Session 3: Navigating financial aspects
Wednesday 16 June 2021, 10am to noon
My Aged Care Navigator - free information morning
Wednesday 23 June 2021, 9.30am to 12 noon
Do you or someone you know need help to understand and navigate home care packages? This is a free, confidential service that gives you independent information about home care packages and how to access them.
- which services are available and who provides them
- what you're eligible for
- how to apply
- what happens next
Other support services for seniors
Speak one-on-one with a trained mental health professional. Completely confidential.
Phone: 1300 224 636
Get practical advice and support. Carers can get a wide range of help from counselling, peer support to respite care.
Phone: 1800 422 737
A not-for-profit organisation that represents the interests and rights of people aged 50+ in Victoria.
Phone: 1300 135 090
Representing Australians living with dementia and the almost 1.6 million Australians involved in their care.
Phone: 1800 100 500
Provides all Australians experiencing a personal crisis with access to 24-hour crisis support and suicide prevention services.
Phone: 131 114
Scammers are getting increasingly sophisticated in their attempts to get your money or personal details. Be alert and protect yourself from being scammed.
Phone: 1300 432 273
Seniors Rights Victoria provides information, support, advice and education to help prevent elder abuse and safeguard the rights, dignity and independence of older people.
Phone: 1300 368 821
Gives advice and information about how to protect yourself, your family and your business online.
Phone: 1300 292 371
2021 Victorian Seniors Festival
More info: Victorian Seniors Festival website
Free public transport for seniors
The Victorian Government offers free public transport for seniors cardholders during the Victorian Seniors Festival. This usually includes 8 days of metro travel on trains, trams and buses. It includes some V/Line train services and regional town buses.
To plan your journey, or for more information call 1800 800 007 or to the Public Transport Victoria website
Senior Victorians and Carer cardholders are being encouraged to get back out there and enjoy Victoria!
- In line with public health advice, everyone on public transport is required to wear a fitted face mask, practise social distancing, good hygiene and follow health directions.
- Includes Melbourne trains, buses, trams, and regional V/Line trains
- Cardholders will need to carry their myki and Seniors card or Carer card and touch on and off as usual.
Activities, groups and events
We have 8 community centres that provide people of all ages and backgrounds with places to meet, share, exchange information and learn together in supportive, nurturing environments.
A wide range of activities and courses are offered. Find out what is available this term at your local centre.
- Beaconsfield Neighbourhood Centre
Phone: (03) 8768 4400
- Bunyip and District Community House
Phone: 0481 895 509
- Cockatoo Community House
Phone: 5968 9031
- Emerald Community House
Phone: 5968 3881
- Lang Lang Community Centre
- Outlook Community Centre
Phone: 5941 1535
- Pakenham Living and Learning
- Upper Beaconsfield Community Centre
Phone: 5944 3484
Social and interest groups
Cardinia Shire has many interest and social groups. View them in the directory below.
A range of Council and local community events can also be found in our online events calendar
Home library service
If you or someone you know is housebound or having difficulty getting to the library, give the Home Library Service team a call. They can arrange a home visit to discuss your eligibility and reading interests. You can have books delivered to your home and exchanged on a regular basis. All library volunteers are police checked. Of course you can visit your library service in Pakenham, Emerald and through the Mobile Library bus service.
The service offers
- large print books
- talking’ books
- short-term and long-term memberships
Ageing Well Strategy 2019 – 25
- Council has adopted the Ageing Well Strategy 2019-25.
- The strategy sets Council’s priorities over the next 5 years to support older residents to be healthy, active, stay socially connected and participate fully in the community.
- It was informed and developed through extensive consultation with older residents and the broader community along with community groups, service providers and state and federal government agencies.
Stan Henwood Award
Do you know someone who has made a great contribution to the Cardinia Shire community?
Council’s Stan Henwood Award is presented each year to someone who has made a positive, long-term contribution to their community.
Visit the Stan Henwood Award page to nominate someone who has inspired you over the past year, or to find out more about the awards.
A proud Age Friendly City
- Cardinia Shire is proud to be an Age Friendly City, recognised by the World Health Organisation.
- An age-friendly city encourages active ageing by giving people opportunities to enjoy good health, participate in their community and feel secure and safe as they age. In practical terms, an age-friendly city adapts its structures and services to be accessible to and inclusive of older people with varying needs and capacities.
Age Friendly Alliance Team
The Age Friendly Alliance Team was formed in 2017 to assist Council with its vision to create an age-friendly shire. An age-friendly shire enables older people to live in security, maintain their health and participate fully in society. Making cities age-friendly is one of the most effective approaches for responding to demographic ageing (World Health Organisation, 2007).
- To provide a mechanism for Cardinia Shire Council to consult with community representatives around issues related to Ageing Well in Cardinia Shire
- Guides and informs Council on the implementation of the Cardinia Shire Ageing Well Strategy and Action Plan.
- To represent the needs of Cardinia Shire residents aged 55 years and over
- Provide a platform for older residents to have a voice and present their views to improve the health and wellbeing of older residents
- Provide insights and advice based on their own knowledge and experiences as older members of their various communities
- Act as Ambassadors for Ageing Well by actively promoting information, activities and issues relating to ageing in Cardinia Shire
- Assist Council with its vision to create an Age Friendly Cardinia Shire
- Be actively involved in the delivery of projects, as they relate to the work of Council’s Ageing Well team
- Assists with the development and distribution of the Ageing Well newsletter
Funded personal alarms
If you are over 65, you may be eligible for a subsidised personal alarm. To enquire about this you can:
- contact Mecwacare for an assessment on 5945 0800
- speak to a community health nurse or occupational therapist
If you are under 65, contact Monash Health on 1300 342 273
Unfunded personal alarms
Many private providers offer medical monitoring services which you need to pay for.