Men encouraged to have their engines checked
THE Torquay Men’s Shed is helping locals keep their minds and bodies nurtured with a free men’s health check next week.
An audiologist, registered nurse, physiotherapist and pharmacist will all be on hand at the group’s base in Torquay next Wednesday to provide a tune-up as part of the Spanner in the Works programme.
Member Leigh Marshall said it was the first time the Australian Men’s Shed Association had held a program in Torquay.
“When we’ve run the key program in the past, we’ve usually had a number of men who find they have hearing loss, high blood pressure and sleep apnea issues, as well as problems mental health, which they didn’t understand,” he said. said.
The event was originally scheduled to take place in July but was postponed due to a lack of available Registered Nurses (RNs), but a call on social media prompted a flood of offers, with seven having contacted to donate their time.
“It’s so inspiring and uplifting to have these wonderful people – who already work so hard to keep us safe – but who are always willing to volunteer a day of their time to help us improve our health and well- be men,” Marshall said.
The program includes a private one-on-one with a nurse for approximately 15 minutes where issues such as mental health, prostate and diabetes will be assessed, after which an audiologist can do a hearing test and a pharmacist can perform a test sleep.
Local physiotherapist Matthew Henderson will be a guest speaker and discuss the benefits of exercise for older men, covering topics such as how to improve core strength and balance to help prevent falls and improve health and mental and physical well-being.
Mr Marshall said it’s not uncommon to come across older men who haven’t had a checkup in more than five years, but are greatly relieved when they do.
“Some men are with the nurse for 30 minutes or more, so if they need that time to discuss their particular issues, we give them that time, there’s no time limit.”
The event is further supported by a $500 donation from Surf Coast Hearing and catering from the Surf Coast Shire Council.
Spanner in the Works is at the Torquay Community Men’s Shed, Wednesday August 17 from 9am to 4pm.
For more information or to reserve a place, contact Leigh Marshall on 0400 009 041.