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The 2013 Ageing Well Expo was deemed a success at the New Peninsula Baptist Church complex this week and RPP FM local radio presenters of Sugar n’ Spice, Bob Phillips and Judy Banks-Phillips staged a live broadcast from the expo to add extra fun and entertainment.

With over 85 displays from local health, council services and other community organisations to help ageing on the Peninsula comfortable and stress-free, the event attracted over 1,200 attendees.

Mr Alan Hopgood, actor, playwright/screenwriter and Member of the Order of Australia for service to the performing arts and raising awareness of men’s health, was invited by the Ageing Well Expo to address guests in the auditorium about his personal journey and health issues.

Bob & Judy were delighted when the opportunity arose to interview actor and good friend Alan Hopgood. Judy & Alan reminisced about ‘the good old days’ in theatre and television when Judy herself, was heavily involved in the performing arts industry, and discussed his personal story ‘Surviving Prostate Cancer – One Man’s Journey’, written in 1996 and published and adapted into a play and video for the Cancer Council.

Alan has since become the ‘health playwright’ and men’s health advocate,  writing 9 plays about diabetes, widows, palliative care, geriatric sex, depression, dementia  and incident disclosure in hospitals which are now assembled under the title ‘HealthPlay’. He has been a speaker on men’s health issues and positive ageing since the success of his play ‘The Carer’,  which toured around Australia with the late ‘Bud’ Tingwell.

Bob & Judy also interviewed Dietician Erin Farnbach, Peninsula Health Community Health representative Christine Burrows and other ‘professionals’ about living positively on the Peninsula whilst Debra Mar ‘Marzy’ wandered around the crowds as the roving reporter interviewing guests and stall holders.

In the huge auditorium at the expo which holds 1,400 people, the Rosebud Secondary College Concert Band entertained attendees, Peninsula Health provided Tai Chi lessons and Nick Jones gave a talk on Dementia.

The 2013 Ageing Well Expo would like to thank their partners which include the Mornington Peninsula Shire, National Seniors Australia and Frankston City Council.

Watch out for the 2014 Ageing Well Expo which helps explore many different ways in which the elderly can age positively through community support groups and organisations to help keep them active and involved, live confidently, get around and look after their health.

Words Debra Mar
Photography Rab Siddhi

Pictured: Judy Banks-Phillips & Bob Phillips talking to Alan Hopgood about his community role as a men’s health advocate and the ‘good old days’ in theatre and television.