Wagga's Older Men: New Ideas group giving seniors a new lease on life | video | photos

IN AN age when talking to friends can slip behind scrolling through your Facebook page in priority there’s a group in Wagga where having a chin wag with a mate can be a life-saving experience.

OLDER MEN WITH NEW IDEAS: From left: Reg Potter, Ken King, Ray King and Vince King after the weekly OMNI meeting attended by 14 members. Picture: Les Smith

OLDER MEN WITH NEW IDEAS: From left: Reg Potter, Ken King, Ray King and Vince King after the weekly OMNI meeting attended by 14 members. Picture: Les Smith

It’s called OM:NI – short for Older Men: New Ideas – and member Ken King can testify about how talking to OM:NI co-founder Dr Ray King (not a relative) about depression following the death of his wife Shirley brought him back from the brink.

“OMNI means everything to me, it’s just talking, and it doesn’t matter what’s said,” 77-year-old Ken King said.

Reg Potter, 83, has attended OM:NI’s weekly meetings for five years.

“It’s a good opportunity to talk, I suppose; if you are sitting at home watching television you are not doing much talking.”

“The big things we are addressing are loneliness and depression,” Dr King said.

Anyone interested in OM:NI can telephone Vince King on 6926 2146. Visit the OM:NI website at omninsw.waggamatters.com.

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