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Message from the Premier

I know how worried many of you are about the situation with the Novel Coronavirus known as COVID-19.

As you will have heard, this virus poses particular risks to older Queenslanders but I want you to know that Queensland is well prepared, and we are working hard every single day to reduce the risk to you and every other Queenslander.

It will take some time, but we will get through this by working together, by supporting each other, by keeping … Read the rest

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) information for older Australians Factsheet

 

Download an information factsheet for older Australians, their family and friends about how to protect older Australians from the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) here: https://www.health.gov.au/resources/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-information-for-older-australians


Australia is experiencing an outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19). This virus has spread quickly across the world. In Australia, we have been able to take steps to slow the rate of infection. To continue this trend, we all need to work together to help stop the spread of COVID-19.

COVID-19 can cause respiratory infections, ranging from … Read the rest

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Announcement on restrictions and advice from the Australian Government

On 18 March, the Australian Government made some announcements on measures to limit the spread of COVID-19.

Public gatherings

The Government has banned non-essential indoor gatherings of more than 100 people. This does not apply to essential activities such as public transport, medical and health care, pharmacies, emergency services, correctional facilities, youth justice centres or other places of custody, courts or tribunals, Parliaments, food markets, supermarkets and grocery stores, shopping centres, office buildings, factories, construction sites, and mining sites, where … Read the rest

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Resources for creating your own Business Continuity Plan

If you don’t already have a Business Continuity Plan for your organisation, there are some useful resources on Community Door .

We are committed to supporting you in any way we can, and to helping seniors’ organisations and service providers across the state to support and learn from each other. We would love to hear from you to know how you are staying connected to your clients and to each other, and what you have in place to help you … Read the rest

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COVID-19 and your COTA Travel Insurance

 

The spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a rapidly developing situation. Chubb (COTA’s travel insurance provider) closely monitoring guidance issued from leading organisations, including the World Health Organization (WHO) and local health authorities. The company is also tracking the progression of the COVID-19 through its travel security and medical assistance partners.

To assess its policy response to COVID-19, Chubb has carefully considered governmental and other public reporting of this situation.

Chubb have now declared the virus to be a foreseen circumstanceRead the rest

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Solidarity with older women who are sexually assaulted 

 

The #WalkWithHer campaign sends a message of solidarity with older women who are sexually assaulted in aged care and at home.

People who experience sexual assault and violence at any age should not be alone. It’s time to listen.

You can show your support in 6 simple steps.

  1. Take a photo of your feet
  2. Share your photo on social media using the hashtag #WalkWithHer and #OlderWomenCount
  3. You might like to share a message such as: I stand with older women
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$1000 on offer for B.OLD stories

 

People, community groups and organisations across Queensland are proving age is no barrier — and all Queenslanders are being encouraged to share those stories.

Any Queenslander can submit a local story about an inspirational older person, group or event that challenges stereotypes of ageing for a chance to receive a $1000 grant.

The stories could be about artists, athletes, Elders, volunteers, entrepreneurs or employees.

The stories might also:

  • feature individuals, groups or activities in regional and remote settings
  • explore intergenerational
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The Benefits of Belonging to the University of the Third Age

 

Written by Dr Martin Bridgstock

A silent revolution is sweeping across developed nations. People are living longer and longer. What is more, the term of active life is also extending. In Australia, this means that millions of people can look forward to many years of active life beyond the retirement age.

This raises the obvious question, what shall we do with all these extra years? We have many options. I am going to suggest that there are great advantages in … Read the rest

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Brain Health Tips

 

Research shows that a third of dementia cases could be avoided or delayed by adopting a healthier lifestyle. Here are some brain-healthy ideas for the New Year.

Get Active – Physical exercise encourages blood flow to the brain and new brain cells to grow.  It also lowers your risk for conditions such as heart disease, obesity, and depression which can impact brain health. Australia’s national guidelines recommend at least 30 minutes of daily activity .

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Taking action to support mental health

 

Karen Wilson, our Project Officer for the Planning for Wellbeing project, recently attended the ‘Equally Well Workshop – Connecting Mind and Body Wellness” at the Geebung RSL. The Sustaining Good Mental Health Action Group (led by the Queensland Alliance for Mental Health) and Collaboration in Mind (led by Brisbane North Primary Health Network) invited representatives involved in frontline service delivery to attend a full day workshop focused on forming a regional action plan that commits to advocating for, and improving … Read the rest

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