Bay island cruise kicks off Seniors Week for Adventist Aged Care residents

SEA BREEZE: Clare McCadie with Nita Berry at the Redland Bay marina.
SEA BREEZE: Clare McCadie with Nita Berry at the Redland Bay marina.

RESIDENTS of Victoria Point's Adventist Aged Care kicked off Seniors Week with the sea breeze in their hair as they took off on a bay island cruise.

Residents hopped aboard a ferry on Translink's Southern Moreton Bay Islands route fare-free on Monday, with the tour making the start of a week of special events.

Among them was Audrey Kearney, who had never before set foot on a ferry.

Daughter-in-law Leanne Kearney said the 92-year-old had been quick to find her sea legs and even wanted to go for a second ride.

Lifestyle officer Rose Smith said some residents had not been on a boat for years, and there had been smiles all round.

"Residents were delighted to be out on the beautiful bayside waters on such a sunny day," she said.

"Activities such as these give our residents not only an exciting experience but something to talk about for some time, and this enhances positive mindsets."

Ms Smith said resident Eryland Ngaard, who lived on Russell Island before moving to Adventist Aged Care, was so happy he had cried tears of joy.

SEA LEGS: Audrey Kearney with boat captain, Master Harold Orm.

SEA LEGS: Audrey Kearney with boat captain, Master Harold Orm.

Adventist Aged Care's 180 residents are among thousands of Queenslanders celebrating Seniors Week, which began on Saturday.

The week brings together young and old for a celebration of the achievements and contributions of seniors.

"Seniors Week means to provide and promote education, awareness and positive attitudes around older persons and the ageing community," Ms Smith said.

Among the activities also lined up for Adventist residents is a cruise on a police boat.

Seniors Minister Coralee O'Rourke said hundreds of events and activities were happening around the state during the week-long celebration.

"We have seen Seniors Week continue to grow in popularity each year, as more and more Queenslanders embrace its age-friendly message," she said.

"This week is all about our seniors, who have contributed to Queensland's thriving communities for the entirety of their lives.

"It is also a great way to build inter-generational relationships and connectedness for seniors in their communities and I'd encourage Queenslanders of all ages to join in the fun."

The theme for Queensland Seniors Week 2019 is Celebrating a Queensland for All Ages.

Mrs O'Rourke highlighted a number of major events held during the week, including the Centenarian Art Project where 100 teen artists have created original portraits of 100 centenarians.

"In addition to viewing the portraits which highlight the 100 years of life with the experiences, life history and memories of Queensland's most senior citizens, unique friendships across generations have grown from this project," she said.