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Published March 11th 2014
Let Everyone Actively Participate
It was a shocking revelation that within cooee I would be eligible for the over 55 LEAP program (Let Everyone Actively Participate). The old grey haired nannas in the brochure bear no resemblance to my self perception. The wrinkled woman in my mirror has snuck up on me despite years of investment in oil of Ulan. I am so appalled I almost refused to even open the LEAP brochure.
[ADVERT]The LEAP program gives all Whittlesea residents over 55, including people with disabilities, the chance to participate in events, bookings and programs that promotes positive ageing, health and well-being.
The activities provide an opportunity to get together and keep active mentally, physically and socially. They include affordable accessible and fun events.
This year the program includes twilight activities, seniors golf days, free broadband for seniors, many country bus trips such as to Point Nepean, and the the Melbourne Flower and Garden Show (27th March).
Other events to look forward to include a bus trip to Mount Macedon and Maulden (29th April), a trip to the Tyabb township and antique shops (30th May), and health and well-being craft music event on 26th June.
You never know what you will find
Event details are advertised in Council's weekly column of the Whittlesea Leader newspaper or on their website. Be aware that some events have limited places.
LEAP membership application forms are available from the city of Whittlesea offices all by contacting the council on 9407 5913 or by email or visiting the council's website. The LEAP program encourages those with a companion card to enable all residents to participate. Companion card holders travel without charge.
When I am over 55 and part of the LEAP program I can learn about history, get around without driving (increasingly dangerous when I refuse to bow to glasses), and as a bonus there is the likelihood of male companions who can't run away.
Lawn bowls here I come
So at my age, when I am meant to be nearing retirement, declining in health and fitness (true) taking up lawn bowling and other passive pastimes (not true) I now have something to look forward to.