The 2019 Care and Ageing Expo has become what organisers say is the biggest and best event of its kind in Western Australia.
The expo, to be held over the weekend of August 3 and 4 at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre, will have more than 100 stands featuring information and products geared to make life easier as we get older.
Seminars on two stages will follow a theme of enabling people to enjoy the ageing process.
Products and services will range from legal and finance, cybercrime and home care planning to caring for those with dementia and demonstrations of equipment to make living at home easier and staying healthy and active.
The spectrum of exhibitors will range across residential care, home care, retirement living, service provides, health care, equipment, medical, consultants, technology and support groups.
A host of speakers will take to the Bethanie Lifestyle Stage.
Created under the auspices of Leading Age Services Australia (LASA), the Care and Ageing Expo aims to help the community navigate through what can be a confusing journey.
The organiser of the expo, Richard Campbell, said the expo was aimed at helping people understand how to make the most of ageing and to enjoy the process.
Former ABC presenter Verity James will host the Bethanie Lifestyle seminar stage, which will feature experts providing valuable consumer information along with discussion panels and question time.
A Chat Lounge will provide a more informal forum that will look at technology, staying healthy and innovative products to make life easier for the ageing consumer.
A visitor enjoys a welcome massage at the 2018 expo.
Industry specialists from TADWA, VisAbility, Silver Chain, Intelligent Home and others will showcase their products and services.
Entertainment at the expo will come from the Rosewood Choir, Bethanie Dancers and jazz trio the Gumnut Stompers.
The Lounge Retreat, pop-up café with comfortable seating will provide a space where visitors can chill out and chat with friends over a coffee or a sandwich.
Mr Campbell said the expo was a great way to help people start the process of how to create the best environment for ageing well.
A pop up cafe provides a space for a coffee and chat with friends.
He said there had been many changes in the way both government departments and care and ageing services operated and technology was improving all the time which enabled older people to enjoy a safer and more satisfying life.
Mr Campbell said the expo offered families an opportunity to start a conversation with ageing family members about almost anything to do with ageing.
LASA CEO Sean Rooney said much was changing in the aged care environment and the expo would help consumers become aware of what was available to them.
He said age services providers were tailoring their offerings to meet the care needs of the growing number of older Australians.
The expo offered an opportunity for consumers to compare the various age service options available to them and make informed decisions.
The Chat Stage at the 2018 expo.
Before making what could be life-changing decisions Mr Rooney encouraged anyone who was nearing retirement or caring for elderly loved ones, to visit the expo and ask questions and gather as much information as possible.
The expo will be open from 9.30am to 4pm on August 3 and 4.
There is free entry for pension card holders (Aged, Veteran and Disability). Children under 18 are also free.
Tickets are available for pre-purchase for $8 for adults and $5 for concession card holders (Health, Seniors Card and Student). Companion cards are accepted.
At the door tickets are $10 for adults and $7.50 for concessions.
Where:Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre, 21 Mounts Bay Rad, Perth WA
Cost:Free for pension card holders (Aged, Veteran and Disability) and children under 18; pre-purchase for $8 for adults and $5 for concession card holders (Health, Seniors Card and Student). Companion cards are accepted; $10 for adults and $7.50 for conce