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Rare insight into the lives of NSW seniors

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Rare insight into the lives of NSW seniors

Building wooden Porsches, meeting the Pope, finding and losing love, manning fishing trawlers in a storm, life at age 101, and humorous moments with modern technology are all but a handful of real life stories revealed in this year’s Seniors’ Stories Volume 3.

Minister for Ageing Tanya Davies today launched the highly anticipated non-fiction publication, bursting with 100 treasured stories written by everyday NSW seniors.

“These seniors’ stories are truly extraordinary and we can all learn from the incredible tales of achievement, loss, creativity and connection,” Mrs Davies said.

“This book will not only make you laugh and cry, it will inspire and help build greater connections between young and old in our communities.”

An initiative of the NSW Seniors Card, members were invited to contribute to the book, including 67-year-old former television personality Rory O’Donoghue, who tells the tale of becoming an ironman triathlete at 59-years-of-age.

“I love a good story, and if you want to hear one, ask a senior. After all, we’ve been around longer than most and have plenty of stories to tell,” Mr O’Donoghue said.

The chapters of the book correlate with the five priorities of the NSW Government’s Ageing Strategy 2016-2020: health and wellbeing, working and retiring, housing choices, getting around and inclusive communities.

At the launch at NSW Parliament House today in front of more than 60 of the authors, Mrs Davies said the book was not only a great way to help older people stay active, healthy and socially connected, but an opportunity for the NSW Government to recognise the talents of seniors.

“I encourage everyone to download a copy of the book or find it in your nearest library, you will not be disappointed,” Mrs Davies said.

Seniors’ Stories Volume 3 will be available at all local libraries across NSW from Wednesday, 18 October 2017, or a copy can be downloaded here