Friendly groups

You should realise that your prostate cancer is only one factor that will influence your future health and quality of life. Evidence points to the importance of maintaining a positive outlook on life and a healthy life style, including an appropriate diet, regular exercise and having positive inter-personal relationships.

Participating in the activities of friendly groups and associations that are concerned with the welfare of seniors is one way of fostering the development of inter-personal relationships. These groups and associations in the ACT might be of interest to you:
  • Canberra Seniors Centre Inc. The Centre is part of a network of services available to older and disabled members of the community through the Home and Community Care Program (HACC). The HACC program is designed to allow people to remain in their own home as long as possible.  Through HACC funding the Centre provides individual professional counselling support to seniors and carers in need.
     
  • Woden Seniors Inc. Woden Seniors provides a range of intellectually and physically stimulating activities for the older person in a comfortable and sociable environment, whether it be for participating in a wide range of activities or just having a chat over coffee.
     
  • Melba Shed. The shed is based on the "Mens Shed” concept that has spread throughout Australia. It caters primarily to older men no longer in the workforce, meeting regularly to socialise, listen to a range of speakers and undertake various excursions. It is located in the northern Canberra suburb of Melba.
     
  • Communities@work. This is a community based organisation caring for people in all stages of life. It provides community services of social value and practical benefit. It operates in the Tuggeranong and Weston Creek areas of southern Canberra. The services include: child care and family support; recreational and support programs for young people; home help; transport and social programs for seniors; respite care and services for people with a disability; women's housing and emergency relief; opportunities for volunteers; and training for the community services sector.
     
  • Probus Clubs of Canberra. Memberships are available to retired or semi-retired people who have an interest in joining an active club, and by providing the opportunity for extension of acquaintances and interests.
     
  • U3A in Canberra (University of the 3rd Age). U3A is an international movement which promotes and practises lifelong learning by providing low cost educational opportunities for retired people in a relaxed and informal environment. No prior educational qualifications are required; no degrees are awarded.