Grandparents Day to turn back the clock

Kate FieldingSouth Western Times
Bethanie Fields aged care volunteer Carol Weatherley gets ready for Grandparents Day.
Camera IconBethanie Fields aged care volunteer Carol Weatherley gets ready for Grandparents Day. Credit: Jon Gellweiler / South Western Times

Bethanie Fields will take its residents and visitors back in time this weekend for a day of high tea, “old fashioned” games and arts and crafts.

For the third year in a row, the aged care and retirement living village will host its annual Grandparents Day on behalf of the Dardanup Shire Council.

Organisers say iPads and computers will be put away and replaced with items such as giant pick up sticks, in an effort to give those attending a sense of the old days.

“There will be types of games that grandparents would have played,” Bethanie corporate outreach manager Laurette LeCras said.

Ms LeCras said the annual event usually attracted a big crowd and provided both residents and visitors multiple opportunities.

“It recognises the importance of grandparents to the community,” she said.

“It also allows residents who are in aged care or live here an opportunity they might not have usually gotten, especially if they don’t have many family around.

“While it’s also an opportunity to see aged care in a positive environment.”

The event is free, open to everyone and runs from 1pm to 4pm on Saturday at Bethanie Fields in Eaton.

There will also be music, a photo booth and other activities.

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