Age Concern expo to get interactive

Age Concern Southland manager Janette Turner (left) has her blood pressure checked by workmate and Elder Response service co-ordinator Tara Fraser ahead of the centre's Interactive Expo being held on Monday.

AGE Concern Southland is hosting an Interactive Expo on Monday.

Held at its Forth St, Invercargill, rooms from 10am to 3pm, everyone was welcome to pop in and check out the various topics with a focus on everyday living.

From learning about alternative options to using bank cheques and exploring the Invercargill Library’s digital programme to various agencies such as Work and Income, there would be something of interest for everyone, Age Concern Southland community social worker Emma Lovett said.

“We have had expos before, but this one will be more of a focus on giving things a go.

“Now that bank cheques are being phased out, we have some bank representatives coming along to answer any questions people have, and there will also be online shopping demonstrations as well.”

Continuing along the digital platform, “some of the librarians will have interactive tablets to help explain the various digital programmes the library offers”, she said.

“It will be an opportunity for people to improve their digital literacy, and build connections.”

However, the event would not be all about technology therapy, brain connections, games, mindjig and health checks including blood pressure checks, were other topics.

Various have-a-go sporting events included table tennis, pedal exercises and mini bean bag throwing and there would also be a poi demonstration and musical therapy with Lauren.

As with any social event, there would be “continual cups of tea and coffee” and giveaways, Ms Lovett said.

  • Age Concern Southland’s Interactive Expo, 50 Forth St, Invercargill, Monday, May 31, from 10am to 3pm. Free.