News tagged with Age-friendly

COTA calls on State Government to prioritise ageing issues

COTA Queensland, the seniors peak body representing 718,000 Queenslanders aged 65 and over, congratulates Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk on leading the Labor Government to a second term in office.

COTA has welcomed the reappointment of Coralee O’Rourke as Minister for Seniors and congratulates her on the inclusion of Communities in her responsibilities. We look forward to continuing to work with the Minister for Seniors on the WHO Age-friendly Cities and Communities initiative.

By 2036, it is projected one in five Queenslanders … Read the rest



2017 State Election Priorities

Making Queensland Age-Friendly

2017 COTA Queensland State Election Priorities

Council on the Ageing (COTA) Queensland is the peak body for Queensland seniors, advancing the rights, needs and futures of older Queenslanders since 1957.

COTA Queensland aims to help create a more just, equitable and caring community in which older people are actively involved and have access to appropriate support, services and care. These principles are consistent with the World Health Organisation (WHO) age-friendly communities approach.

COTA Queensland celebrated our 60th … Read the rest



International Day of Older Persons 2017


Stepping into the Future: Tapping into the Talents, Contributions and Participation of Older Person’s in Society.

Ageism is a widely prevalent and prejudicial attitude that stems from the assumption that age discrimination, and sometimes neglect and abuse of older persons is a social norm and therefore, acceptable. It is a reality in some form in all societies, and finds expression in individuals’ attitudes, institutional and policy practices, as well as media representation that devalue and exclude older persons.

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Creating Age-friendly Communities – Monday 21 August 2017

COTA Queensland’s Annual Policy Forum, timed to coincide with the official opening of Seniors Week 2017, will focus on Creating Age-friendly Communities.

Keynote speaker is John Byrne, Change Agent and Specialist Adviser in Urban Design, Planning, Policy and Housing.

John will be joined by Dr Kathleen Brasher an inaugural member, World Health Organization Global Age-Friendly Cities and Communities Strategic Advisory Group, who was an invited expert on the Tasmanian Government’s Age Friendly Communities Project and is currently Principal Project Leader, … Read the rest



Seniors Week –  International Exploration


COTA Queensland Seniors Week Coordinator Lisa Hodgkinson will be utilising a personal trip to explore Seniors Week events and activities in Alberta Canada next week.

Over the years Lisa has shared her knowledge of coordinating Seniors Week and increasing social participation with groups throughout Queensland and with the organising committee of the first Seniors Week in Orange County California.

Lisa has welcomed the opportunity to attend the Provincial Launch of Seniors Week, held in Calgary on 5 June.

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Age-friendly Community Grants Now Open!

The Advancing Queensland: an age-friendly community grants program is now open.  The grants will provide funding for local projects and initiatives to enhance the age-friendliness of communities across Queensland.

Over 3 years from 2017-18, $1 million per annum will be made available through open funding rounds to seed fund community projects involving partnerships between local government, community and other organisations to co-develop, implement and promote innovative age-friendly projects.

Each year, the age-friendly community grants program will focus on 2 to … Read the rest



Intergenerational Connections – what are the benefits?


New programs encouraging toddlers and seniors to interact and participate in activities like painting, gardening and reading together, has been deemed a win-win situation.

While the ability to enjoy fulfillment and independence after retirement is a wonderful opportunity, how do we keep our youngest and oldest generations connected?

It has been suggested that compared to peers in traditional preschools, children in intergenerational day-care programs are more patient, express more empathy, exhibit more self-control, and have better manners.

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Queensland an Age-friendly State

Let’s all contribute to making Queensland an Age-friendly State!

In 2016 and estimated 712, 372 Queenslanders were aged 65 and over – this represents 14.7% of Queensland’s total population. By 2036, it is projected one in five Queenslanders will be aged 65 and over.

COTA Queensland has been advocating for an Age-friendly Queensland since the World Health Organisation initiated the concept in 2005.

What does it mean to have an Age-friendly community?

An Age-friendly community is  where older people are … Read the rest



Older Person’s Mental Heath

Older Person’s Mental Health Services are public mental health services that are primarily provided for people aged over 65 with mental health problems who experience disability related to ageing.  To find out more about this service, you can speak with your GP, or click here for more information.

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International Day of Older Persons – Saturday 1 October 2016

Take a Stand Against Ageism

For older people, ageism exists – everyday, and yes, it’s challenging and heart-breaking.

More often than not, older people (50 years plus) are:

  1. Overlooked for employment
  2. Restricted from social services
  3. Stereotyped in the media
  4. Marginalised and excluded from their communities

Ageism seems to be everywhere – and quite often is socially normalised and accepted.

Ageism is portrayed from every angle – especially in the media, with characters who are older being seen as senile, nosey … Read the rest