Queensland Seniors Week, 18-26 August 2018, provides opportunities to promote positive community attitudes towards older people and ageing, facilitate community participation, and enhance community connections.
Simply, it’s about connecting with folk of all ages and backgrounds, dispelling the stereotypes associated with ageing, and assisting to reduce social isolation.
Council on the Ageing (COTA) Queensland seniors week coordinator Lisa Hodgkinson said it’s a great time to get out to events and activities, connect with folk in your communities, and explore programs and services.
‘With over 740 events currently scheduled in the calendar, it’s the state largest weeklong celebration for seniors.’ Ms Hodgkinson said.
‘We are often asked who attends the events? Is it only people of a certain age bracket? The answer is no. We are Celebrating a Queensland for ALL Ages. It’s really lovely to see multiple generations connecting in their community.’
‘Older people are not ‘one size fits most’ and the range of events and activities held during the nine days really highlights that.’
‘Over the years events and activities have ranged from flash mobs, club open days, expos, sailing and cruises, digital literacy and coding sessions, online talent quests, cinema days, art classes, workshops, cabarets, yoga, Zumba, music revivals and so much more.’
‘We encourage everyone to get involved by hosting or attending events in their communities, and taking the time to connect with older community members. It can be a simple as sharing a cuppa and a chat.’
Register and find events near at www.qldseniorsweek.org.au or phone 1300 738 348.
COTA Queensland is a statewide not-for-profit organisation and for over sixty years have advocated on issues that affect all of us as we age, promoting older people’s rights.
Coordinating Seniors Week on behalf of the Queensland Government COTA receives funding to collaboratively plan, run and subsidise Seniors Week events and activities.
Both COTA and the State Government value the contribution older people have made – whether as volunteers or in the workforce, community leaders or carers, grandparents or advocates.
This program supports the building of an Age-friendly Queensland.