Tas Luttrell caring for his grandchild

Seniors Week: A chance to celebrate the contribution of older Australians

ACT Seniors Week offers us an opportunity to join together to celebrate the valuable contribution of older Australians.

This year Seniors Week (12-20 March 2016) will be marked in the ACT by a program of over 200 events, culminating in the Seniors Week Expo on Thursday, 17 March 2016. The Expo is proudly sponsored by Beyond Bank Australia.

Over 140 exhibitors will be providing information about recreational, educational and financial opportunities during the Seniors Week Expo.

“Older people have so much to offer. The Expo will assist them to identify opportunities for fun and enjoyment, to be more secure and even to find ways to stay in their home longer,” said Mr Chris Blight, Beyond Bank Australia’s State Manager, ACT.

“Seniors Week is a chance to say ‘thanks, we recognise everything you do for us’ as well as take part in some entertaining and informative events.”

“Older Canberrans are vital to our community, they make up a large proportion of our voluntary workforce and often provide unpaid assistance to family members through babysitting or caring.”

Mr Tas Luttrell, 75 and a banking customer with Beyond Bank (formerly the CPS Credit Union) since 1968, urges older Canberrans to use Seniors Week to reflect on their situation and plan for the future. At the Expo they may find ideas that will help them travel, downsize, or stay in their own home longer.

“We recently sold our family home to move into a smaller place. We had been in our previous house for over 40 years and this was the first time I had been through the selling and moving process; something I found very stressful. I am glad we did it while we still could.”

“A bridging loan from Beyond Bank helped us transition to our new home and start the next stage of our life. People need to start thinking about what they need as they grow older and looking around for the best options for them. The Expo might be an excellent opportunity to do that.”

Now over 45 years after Mr Luttrell started banking with Beyond Bank, his daughter and son-in-law both work there. While Beyond Bank is very supportive of flexible working arrangements, Tas’ daughter is still grateful for the help she gets from her parents.

“With three boys, including one not yet at school, I am lucky to have parents who can provide childcare on some of the days I am in the office,” Beyond Bank staff member, Rachel Markwart said. “The hours retirees spend helping out needs to be recognised, and Seniors Week is a chance to thank the people in our lives who lend a hand when we need it.”

The Expo is located at Thoroughbred Park with ACTION providing a free bus service for all Seniors Card holders. Visit the Beyond Bank stand at the Expo to meet the team.