Better together

Published on 12 August 2020

Better together

A local government Wellbeing and Resilience Program is fostering a sense of wellbeing among older residents and helping create social connections.

Sharing time with other people and learning new skills relating to confidence and optimism has given George Turley a new outlook.

When George’s wife of six decades died a few years ago, he found himself alone for the first time in his life. Together, the Turleys raised a family that now includes six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

“I’d been retired for 20 years. Our children had their own families. When my wife died, life felt like it stopped for me too. My family was very supportive through the early stages of my grief, but some of my coupled friends didn’t know what to do with me,” George says.

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