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Event to provide a safe space to discuss ageing and preparing for final days

A free event in Broadford this month will use humour and performance to shine the spotlight on one of the most uncomfortable and confronting topics of discussion – death.

Unspoken: What will become of me? uses art, activities, information forums and performance to create awareness and understanding of the value of end of life conversations.

The event will explore the themes of ageing, declining capacity, diminished autonomy and sense of identity.

It will also enable elderly people and their families to break down the barriers and learn mechanisms to confront the often-uncomfortable subject of death and planning for the latter years of life.

Mitchell Shire Mayor Rhonda Sanderson said with a large senior demographic, events like these were important.

“While Mitchell Shire has a growing population, which includes a lot of young families, we also have a large senior population, especially in the north of the shire, Cr Sanderson said.

“Events like these are important ways for our senior community members to learn about their options when planning for the latter years of their life.

“This event also complements the wide range of work Council is doing to support our senior community, including our Positive Ageing Ambassador program and things such as the new LGBTQI Seniors’ Dance Club.”   

Unspoken: What will become of me? is on Thursday 16 August at the Broadford Hall (18 Murchison Street), with three sessions – 10am-12.30pm, 2pm-4.30pm and 6.30pm-9pm. Tea, coffee and light refreshments will be provided.

The free event is presented by Mitchell Shire Council, Nexus Primary Health, Seymour Health and the Kilmore & District Hospital, with thanks to Health Issues Centre, COTA Victoria, the Department of Health and Human Services and Municipal Association of Victoria.

To book, visit https://unspoken-mitchell-shire.eventbrite.com or phone 5734 6200.

For further media comments on the program, please contact Wendy Parker on 0422 694 503.