News feed: Age-friendly

LGBTI Seniors Community Visitor Service

The Seniors Community Visiting Service is funded by the Commonwealth Department of Social Services, and matches trained volunteer visitors with LGBTI senior clients who feel alone or isolated from their community due to health, mobility or other issues.

The service supports clients to stay connected with others through having regular contact with their visitor for conversation, social support and/or outings.

It operates alongside, but not in place of, other in-home care and support services that clients might receive or be … Read the rest

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Rules door-to-door salespeople must follow

When you deal with door-to-door salespeople, your rights are different from when you visit a store or shop online. This is because you did not seek out (‘solicit’) the business to buy from them. We call these types of sales ‘unsolicited consumer agreements’.

A door-to-door sale is unsolicited when: a business or their agent approaches you without your invitation. This is usually at your home but it can also happen in public places like the common area of a shopping … Read the rest

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Age Well Working Group

In August 2016, the Queensland Mental Health Commission and COTA Queensland co-hosted the first meeting of the Age Well Working Group.

The working group brings together government agencies and their non-government partners to support the implementation of the Early Action: Queensland Mental Health Promotion, Prevention and Early Intervention Action Plan 2015-17, through a focus on the mental health and wellbeing of older Queenslanders.

The first meeting comprised representatives from:

  • Queensland Mental Health Commission
  • Council on the Ageing Queensland
  • Aged
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Queensland’s Age-friendly Community Action Plan

At the IFA 13th Global Conference, hosted by COTA Queensland the Honourable Coralee O’Rourke, Minister for Disability Services, Minister for Seniors and Minister Assisting the Premier on North Queensland, announced the Queensland Government’s Age-friendly Community Action Plan.

The Action Plan provides a clear way forward to direct the implementation and delivery of age-friendly communities in Queensland. The Action Plan includes activities and initiatives as committed in the government’s response to the  Parliamentary Inquiry into the adequacy of existing financial protections Read the rest

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Human Rights for Older People

The United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights recently published a critical Report of the Independent Expert on the Enjoyment of All Human Rights by Older Persons.

Among the Independent Expert’s key conclusions are:

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RAGE Against Ageism

Last month’s Seniors Week brought out some interesting perceptions about seniors and ageing. We will be following this up over the next twelve months through continuing the Face of Ageing campaign. The intention of this campaign is to challenge the negative attitudes and stereotypes faced by older adults.

Recent research by the International Federation on Ageing revealed that ageism was the most tolerated form of social prejudice when compared to gender or race-based discrimination. The Revera Report on Ageism: Independence Read the rest

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Shaping Ageing Cities

We are living in the urban and ageing era. As cities across the globe continue to grow, more people are growing old in housing, streets, communities that often are failing to respond appropriately to ageing populations with specific policies. This provides a unique opportunity to influence and design urban environments and social structures in ways that respect, protect and fulfil our rights, including in older age.

Arup, Help Age International, Intel, Systematica have just released Shaping Ageing Cities: 10 European Read the rest

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COTA concerned about isolated seniors in State Budget

Media Release from Mark Tucker-Evans, Chief Executive, COTA Queensland

COTA Queensland has called on the Queensland Government to remember older tenants, jobseekers, and regional patients travelling to medical appointments, in the lead up to the 2013-14 State Budget.

Mr. Mark Tucker-Evans, Chief Executive, has written to the Premier outlining COTA’s budget proposal for improving the health, security and participation of all Queenslanders, particularly older people experiencing social isolation.

“We have asked the Minister for Housing to restore funding to Queensland’s … Read the rest

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