Our CHSP* seniors were treated to a free film screening “Kabullywood” and a short documentary “Bakery” at the Mercury Cinema on 18th February 2021. The film is part of a free series of 6-week screenings organized by the recently launched South Asian Seniors’ Film Club. Their aim is to build friendships and social connections for older South Australians, showcasing films from South Asia.
It was a day full of fun and entertainment as our seniors were treated to free lunch of Afghan Borani Banjan served with fresh Afgan bread, muffins and warm saffron tea.
*CHSP= Commonwealth Home and Support Program
On the 14th of January 2021, MWASA organized a BBQ get-together with our CHSP* seniors in Thorndon Park. It was a perfect outing to start off the new year.
The seniors began the activity by strolling down the reservoir. This was a great opportunity for them to increase physical activity and therefore, improve their health and wellbeing.
While waiting for the food to cook, the seniors chatted away with their peers while appreciating the beautiful weather and scenery. Many even assisted to help with the cooking process!
Once the food was cooked, the seniors enjoyed the delicious spread of food with their peers while basking in the beautiful outdoors.
It can definitely be said that this outing was a very therapeutic and relaxing experience for the seniors and they are keen for future outings!
*CHSP= Commonwealth Home Support Program
A talk on Centrelink payment was held on 28 January 2021 at MWASA for our CHSP* seniors.
Tanya Kaplan from Services Australia began the session by sharing the general information on the types of payments available and its eligibility criteria as well as teaching the seniors how to navigate Centrelink for help.
Tanya also touched on the topic which was close to their heart, i.e. on age pension payment, providing information as to how much they received based on the Assets Test and factors that could affect payment such as leaving the country for a period of time.
An interpreter for Uyghur speakers was present to facilitate understanding of the topic.
The seniors were very attentive and engaged during the talk and enquired many questions. The seniors find informational talks like these to be very beneficial and hope to attend more in the future.
*CHSP= Commonwealth Home Support Program
On the 10th of December 2020, the CHSP* seniors visited Beerenberg Farm in Hahndorf for strawberry picking.
19 seniors along with Urika and the intern took the bus and headed to the farm. It was a very beautiful and sunny day, perfect for such an activity. The seniors were able to taste the freshly picked sweet and juicy strawberries and a few seniors purchased them for their loved ones.
The seniors then headed to Hahndorf where they had lunch at the Pioneer Memorial Gardens. Before leaving the beautiful old German town, the seniors had the opportunity to wonder around and admire the German-style architecture.
The seniors had a wonderful time during their outing. This was the final CHSP activity for 2020 and MWASA looks forward to conducting more activities for our CHSP seniors in 2021.
*CHSP= Commonwealth Home Support Program
On the 5th of November, the CHSP* seniors were on cloud nine when they visited the South Australian Aviation Museum. They had an amazing experience touring the spectacular displays of aircraft and engines and learning the history of the aviation and aerospace industry in Australia.
Though guided tours were suspended, the seniors were still able to learn about the exhibits through the storyboards which provided historical information on the aircrafts and artifacts. The highlight was the opportunity for the seniors to climb inside and view the components that make up the historical aircraft.
The seniors had a wonderful time learning and spending time with their friends during this trip.
*CHSP=Commonwealth Home Support Programme
On the 22nd of October 2020, MWASA organised a Nutrition Talk for the CHSP* seniors. The talk was held in MWASA, with 27 seniors attending. The speaker, Sister Zuhrah Shafqat Ali spoke about the importance of eating well and staying physically active to improve general health and well-being.
She shared simple tips on how to enjoy a wide variety of nutritious foods daily. She explained the 5 food groups, and how to meet daily energy needs and lower the risk of developing chronic health conditions. The seniors were very engaged and participative during the talk. In fact, a number of them approached Sister Zuhrah after the talk to express their excitement in learning how to lead a healthier lifestyle.
Following the talk, Sister Zuhrah demonstrated on how to prepare a simple and healthy Mediterranean Salad. She also prepared a delicious butternut squash and chicken soup served with bread rolls.
The seniors had a wonderful time during the demonstration session as they were able to observe how simple it is to include lots of colourful vegetables into their foods.
*CHSP= Commonwealth Home Support Programme
Last week was National Nutrition Week!
In conjunction with this, MWASA CHSP is organizing a nutrition talk on the 22nd of October 2020. We will be sharing tips on how to create a healthy lifestyle by adopting a healthy diet and increasing physical activity. We will also be demonstrating a fun and simple way to prepare nutritious food.
During the period of home isolation, the seniors were unable to socialise with family and friends. They were unable to participate in the usual activities and events that keep them active and engaged. Thankfully, the South Australian Government did a fantastic job at slowing down the spread of COVID-19. Since the number of active cases have drastically reduced, the restrictions have eased.
Following this ease of restrictions in South Australia, the seniors were encouraged to resume social activities to maintain social connections, since it improves their health and wellbeing. The MWASA resumed the Social Support Group (SSG) activities by organizing a lunch gathering for CHSP seniors on the 6th of August 2020 at Sofra Kebab House.
We have implemented proper sanitising and social distancing procedures to ensure that wellbeing of the attendees is protected. We celebrated Eid al-Adha during this event and it was an opportunity for the seniors to reunite and catch up with their peers. During the event we reminded the seniors of the importance of maintaining physical distancing and following good hygiene practices. Urika demonstrated the proper techniques for hand washing and sanitizing. Following that, they competed in a fun maze puzzle.
The seniors then enjoyed a wonderful lunch which included a chicken and lamb shish kebab plate served with rice, bread and fresh salad. After a very filling lunch, the seniors played an entertaining game of BINGO led by Jessica.
Finally, the seniors were each served with a nice slice of cake with Istanbul tea. The seniors had a fantastic time enjoying each other’s company and a nice time reconnecting with their peers. Thank you Sofra Kebab House for having us!
MWASA is committed to helping better the lives of seniors and encourage a more independent lifesyle through organizing activities that promote an active lifestyle.
On 3 September 2020, we organized a lawn bowling activity at Glenelg Bowling Club in which 17 seniors participated. The weather was sunny and pleasantly warm despite the light drizzle in the morning. The seniors were welcomed by two members of the bowling club. They briefed the seniors on the rules of the game.
Some of the seniors were excited as it was their first time while others had experienced playing it before. This low-impact sport activity was thoroughly enjoyed by the seniors, especially the men. They had the pleasure of enjoying time outdoor with their peers, which not only improved their fitness but also their mental well-being. The seniors played over an hour and a half before stopping for lunch. The club provided free flow of coffee and tea.
Overall, they all had a very wonderful time being outdoors and spending time with their peers.
Momz Kitchen catered appetising home style food (stir-fried chicken with rice) for the CHSP seniors on the 22nd and 23rd of July. The meals are part of the ongoing CHSP meal distribution program to support the seniors in accessing meals during the pandemic period. The meals were delivered by Sister Urika and her intern, Jessica as well as a volunteer, Brother Qayyum.
Information about the easing of COVID-19 restrictions and what it means for the seniors, as well as testing locations, were made available to them.
As restrictions begin to ease from 20th July, MWASA will be resuming Social Support Group activities by inviting CHSP seniors for a social lunch at Sofra Kebab House in conjunction with Eid ul-Adha celebration after months of isolation.
This round, the Muslim Women’s Association of South Australia paired up with another local business – Afghan Star Charcoal Kebab House – to provide CHSP seniors with a tasty packed meal. The meal, which was delivered by Sister Urika and her volunteer Sister Nadia on 8 and 9 July 2020, included delicious grilled chicken skewers / falafel with salad and sauce wrapped in tandoori bread.
‘Tips and Ideas for Older Australians to improve flexibility, balance and strength’ by the Department of Health and a jigsaw puzzle activity were also included to engage and entertain the seniors in their free time.
Sumac Cafe catered exquisite Mediterranean meals for the seniors on the 24th and 25th June 2020. They provided the seniors with appetising chicken skewers, salad and hummus served with rice and Lebanese bread.
COVID-19 has created many challenges for members in the older community, forcing them into isolation in order to protect their health and well-being. This week, MWASA designed an activity for the seniors to create their own postcard and record their experiences (either in writing or drawing) on how isolation during this pandemic has changed or impacted their life.
Additionally, to continue advocating preventative measures against COVID-19, MWASA also provided the seniors with face masks to wear in situations where it is not feasible to maintain physical distancing such as on public transport.