One of the great things about lifesaving is the diversity of the members it attracts into roles that can be filled by people of all generations, including older generations.
This is why this month’s eNews edition is dedicated to our older adults – acknowledging what they have to teach the lifesaving movement as well as outlining what resources and supports are available to our membership as they get older.
We celebrate the recent Queen’s Birthday honours bestowed on LSV life member Norm Farmer, who was awarded Member (AM) in the General Division, for significant service to life saving at the national and international level and to water safety initiatives.
We speak to Jaci Chin-Jewson, a life member at Jan Juc SLSC and Anglesea SLSC who encourages younger members to get involved as much as possible and not to worry about being a great competitor.
There’s an exciting update on the open water grey medallion program, which aims to re-skill older Victorians with the tools and confidence to deal with an emergency and to enjoy water-based exercise and other water-based activities safely.
We also take a look at the need for targeted water safety messaging for older adults because of LSV research which suggests older Victorians continue to be at increased risk for drowning incidents.
And we continue to roll out some great new online resources and tools that can help older adults and members of all ages to stay informed and connected to each other, including the new free 12-week personal and professional development program and the regularly updated LSV Health Alerts page.
Another resource of benefit to older members during coronavirus includes the Victorian Government’s Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) page on mental health and welfare information for seniors.
We hope you will join us this month in celebrating some of the achievements of some of our older members and the invaluable work they continue to do in ensuring their clubs and communities will thrive for many years to come.
Until next month, stay safe.