The Department of Communities recently celebrated 30 years of the WA Seniors Card, the first card of its kind in the country – with now more than 380,000 members.
The WA Seniors Card is still the most generous of its kind in Australia and was first introduced on 19 April, 1988. It recognises older Western Australians for the contribution they have made to the State, providing extra support to help with outings, bills and the cost of living.
Today there are almost 800 discounts available from a growing list of supporting businesses across the State, as well as many other partnerships across Australia and New Zealand.
In 1994, the WA Seniors Card program introduced a volunteering program so that seniors could actively participate in the community - one that continues to great success today.
The anniversary was celebrated at the Aquarium of Western Australia – which also celebrates its 30th anniversary this year. Special guests included WA Seniors Card members online competition winners and business partners, WA Seniors Card Centre volunteers, community representatives and Nan Milton of Duncraig, who turned 100 on the same day.
Jenny Davis, Life in Pictures Ambassador on Positive Ageing, and Rusty Gorman, qualified Dive Master with 40 years of diving experience, were also at the event. They shared their thoughts and experiences on remaining active and positive while ageing.
Explore the WA Seniors Card here: http://www.seniorscard.wa.gov.au