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Help for older people to stay healthy and active.
What is it?
Our social groups are known as Social Support Programs.
We support older people, people with dementia and people with disabilities to stay healthy, active and connected with their community for as long as possible through enjoyable and meaningful activities. They include physical activity, memory skills, healthy nutrition, emotional wellbeing, multicultural and women's and men's groups, and special memory programs.
Who can use this service?
People over 65 years and over (50 years and over for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people) who live in the northern suburbs of Melbourne.
There is a fee for some of our services.
Do I need a referral?
Yes, you will need to contact My Aged Care first to access this service.
We also offer community-based program. Call us to find out more.
Make a booking
Call My Aged Care on 1800 200 422. Tell them you want Merri Health as your preferred provider.
What is My Aged Care?
My Aged Care is the main entry point into the aged care system in Australia.
When you call them, tell them you want Merri Health as your preferred provider. My Aged Care will then arrange an assessment for you.
I need help calling My Aged Care
If you have a hearing or speech impairment, call the National Relay Service on 1800 555 677 and ask to be connected to 1800 200 422.
I need an interpreter to call My Aged Care
If you need an interpreter, call the Translating and Interpreting Service on 131 450 and ask to be connected to 1800 200 422.
Where can I get more information about this service?
Call 1300 637 744 (MERRI H). We can help you with information about eligibility for services and advice on which service will help you with your needs.
Frequently Asked Questions
What are the benefits of being involved in one of these social groups?
We want you to stay living healthy and well in your community for as long as possible. This program provides different enjoyable and meaningful activities that get you out into the community and keep you connected to others.
I think my parent/s could benefit from these activities. What do you offer?
- Gardening groups
- Walking groups
- Arts and craft
- Inter-generational programs
- Singing and dancing
- Exercise classes
- Social outings/coffee groups
What do they do in these groups?
They join in activities like gentle exercise, bocce, music, bingo, gardening, art and craft and board games. They have a nutritious meal and may also hear from guest speakers, visit libraries, parks and other places of interest.
I can’t drive my parents to any of the groups. Is there transport available?
Transport may be available subject on needs and mobility assessment, availability and geographic location.
Can I pick and choose which activities I want to be involved in?
Yes. You can choose which activities you want to be involved in. There are a variety of social groups operating throughout the week. Depending on specific needs, participants may be suitable for a frail aged or dementia specific program. There are also groups for special interest and language. Detailed program information can be provided at the initial contact stage and/or during referral/assessment.
Is the site wheelchair accessible?
Yes, the site is wheelchair accessible.
This service is funded by the Australian Government Department of Health. Visit the Department of Health website for more information.
Although the funding for this service has been provided by the Australian Government, the material contained herein does not necessarily represent the views or policies of the Australian Government.