COFFS Harbour Citizen of the Year 2014 Robyn Rooth will be encouraging older Australians to take charge of their health care needs and continue to live well at the Coffs Harbour Living Well, Ageing Well Expo next month.

In its ninth year, the expo is a one-stop-shop highlighting the services and support available in the Coffs region to help people live independently, remain in their own home and stay connected to the community.

As expo ambassador, and with a deep-seated connection to the Australian Red Cross and helping others, the Woolgoolga resident understands just how important it is for all Australians to remain independent and connected to their community as they age.

"Being informed about the services that are available in the community encourages greater choice when it comes to meeting the health care needs of our aging community members," Mrs Rooth said.

"This expo is a fantastic opportunity for the community to come together and to find out what is available to help them live well and age well in the Coffs Harbour region."

The expo will be held on Wednesday, August 20 at C.ex Coffs from 10am until 2.30pm.

There will be a variety of stalls with a focus on essential health, support information, leisure and social groups.

There will be two guest speakers and panel discussions with those and local service providers, entertainment, prizes and refreshments.

The expo is free. All members of the community are invited to attend.

The expo is hosted by the Coffs Coast Community Expo Working Party, a volunteer committee made up of volunteers from Alzheimer's Australia NSW, C.ex Coffs, Carers Program Mid North Coast Local Health District, Carers NSW, Coffs Coast Regional Disability Committee Inc, Coffs Harbour City Council, Commonwealth Respite Centre, Community Care Options, Community Transport, Department of Human Services (DHS) Centrelink Service Centre, Mid Coast Communities, Northcott and NSW Home Support Services.

For more information, please visit midcoastcommunities.org.au.



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