Seniors Expo returns with diverse array of exhibitors

Published: 01 Oct 2021

From pickleball to pain management, home care to hearing tests and mobility scooters to Meals on Wheels – the 2021 Seniors Expo has it all.

About 70 exhibitors will be onsite at the Big Shed in the Mackay Showgrounds for Mackay’s biggest seniors’ event.

Running from 9am to 1pm on Tuesday, October 12, the event is expected to attract more than 3000 seniors – and soon-to-be seniors.

Council is expecting an influx of attendees this year after a hiatus in 2020 due to COVID-19 restrictions.

Mayor Greg Williamson said, this year, Seniors Month celebrated the theme of social connections.

“This expo is all about making connections, whether with a group you’d like to be part of or a sport or hobby you’d like to try, or maybe just with old friends that you haven’t seen in a while,” Mayor Williamson said.

“We’ve found that community members are interested in learning more about leisure and lifestyle activities as well as the more ‘practical’ considerations of growing older and staying active and healthy,” he said.

“And this expo really offers a tremendous mix – in the Big Shed this year you will find everything from senior-friendly sports and hobbies to retirement living and healthcare services.

“And it’s not just for those who already identify as seniors.

“We’d also like to encourage residents thinking about retirement to come along, because there will be lots of groups at the expo with volunteer and social opportunities for those with some free time.

“It’s always a great social morning too – there’s plenty of seating and food and drink available.

“We’ve got lots of lucky door prizes to give away and the shed offers a spacious layout with wide walkways and a high roof to keep noise levels down. Parking is easy and drop-off zones are provided for easy access.”

The expo is an initiative of council and is proudly supported by the Daily Mercury, ABC Tropical North and the Queensland Government.