Lorna Shumack has memoir published in Seniors' Stories

My memoir: Lorna Shumack says everyone should take the time to write their memoir.
My memoir: Lorna Shumack says everyone should take the time to write their memoir.

For Laurieton's Lorna Shumack age really is just a number.

As if to prove her theory, Lorna along with several other Camden Haven residents are featured in a state government book Seniors' Stories vol 4.

The book is a collection of stories from older residents across the state and show the positiveness of ageing.

Lorna is adamant ageing should not be detrimental to having an alert mind and brain, trying new things and starting a long-held goal.

She being older has given her the time to do the things she wants.

"I am really pleased with the achievement of being selected to be represented in this book," she said.

"As you age, you tend not to try new things.

"But I decided that that would not be me."

Lorna lost her second son about a decade ago and while that was a sad time, it also proved to her not to allow time to tick away. Particularly in retirement.

"So I threw myself into community work and joined up to over 10 different groups," she said.

So I threw myself into community work and joined up to over 10 different groups.

Lorna Shumack

"I suppose I challenged myself."

The results were conclusive, she says.

In her published story, The Joy of Being a Senior Citizen, Lorna put it this way: My circle of friends grew, my knowledge grew and my confidence developed so far that I was brave to try anything, if I was asked to help.

She decided that technology - or rather or lack of knowledge in technology - would not define her.

"I attend a local computer group whilst learning new technology and enjoying the company," she said.

Music also played its part and Lorna is now a member of two ukulele groups in the Port Macquarie-Hastings.

Lorna says that more older residents should write down their memoirs.

She says there are too many wonderful stories still untold.

"I have been trying to get all my friends to write down their memoirs," she said.

"You don't realise what you have achieved in your life until you write down what you done."

Also featured in the book are Camden Haven's Jacki Lang, Bob Jorgensen, Grace Jane, and Port Macquarie's Colleen Parker.

Seniors' Stories vol 4 will shortly be available at Laurieton, Wauchope and Port Macquarie libraries.

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