Thank you from Boandik

STRONG FOUNDATIONS: The foundation stone Hawkins Court 1970 with Mr W Edward (manager), Mr CH Kentish, Dr H Hawkins, and Reverend Dean Travers.

On 1 October, the world marked an important observance: the United Nations International Day of Older Persons. Later this month, on 30 October, Australians will also pay tribute to older Australians on Grandparents Day 2022.

In marking the occasion, local care and support services provider Boandik issued a ‘thank you’ to locals — past and present — for their support of the organisation.

“We take pride in providing care and support for older adults on the Limestone Coast: These are the people who built this region, who have served their communities and inspired new generations—and many of them have helped to create our organisation,” Boandik Chief Executive Officer Declan Moore said.

“To all of our region’s older adults, thank you for your service to the Limestone Coast community and to Boandik, and thank you for your support.”

Boandik has been serving the Limestone Coast community since 1956 with the purpose of enabling locals to live how and where they choose. Boandik aims to help Limestone Coast locals to continue to live independently in the community, and to continue to live well.

A registered charity and non-profit organisation, Boandik is the region’s largest provider of residential care services. With a Head Office in Mount Gambier, Boandik provides services across the entire region, with further offices in Naracoorte and Bordertown.

In addition to accommodation and residential care services, Boandik provides in-home support and services for NDIS participants, to assist locals to live independently in our community.

This is all thanks to the support of the Limestone Coast community, from generations past to generations present.

Among many other purposes, the UN marks the International Day of Older Persons to encourage countries to draw attention to and challenge negative stereotypes and misconceptions about older persons and ageing, and to enable older persons to realise their potential.

According to the UN, international days and week — which predate the establishment of the UN — are occasions to educate the public on issues of concern, to mobilise political will and resources to address global problems, and to celebrate and reinforce achievements of humanity.