News feed: Programs

Calling for volunteers

 

We are looking for people in the Toowoomba and Townsville areas who are interested in volunteering their time and skills to facilitate interactive learning and discussion sessions with seniors in their community. ...

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Planning ahead… Think you have your bases covered?

 

You might want to take another look.

Since last year, we have been running a peer education program on Enduring Powers of Attorney (which we will refer to here as EPAs). This has been an interesting learning as we’ve explored people’s knowledge, attitudes, and beliefs about EPAs. We want to take this opportunity to share with you some of the myths and concerns we’ve encountered.

Myth: I have a will, and that covers everything I need

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Retirement Housing Options

In a nutshell, the Bill brings in a range of changes that are designed to provide better assurance and protection to current and future residents of retirement villages, including changes to exit fee and unit resale arrangements. ...

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COTA Energy Advocacy Project – Ensuring older Australians have a strong voice

 

The COTA Energy Advocacy Project is a project involving COTA organisations in each of the National Energy Market jurisdictions. It aims to contribute to a better deal for older energy consumers by developing and supporting a knowledgeable group of energy advocates who can represent the views, experiences and needs of older Australians in formal consumer forums. The national project was funded by a grant provided by Energy Consumers Australia. ...

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Beat the Heat

Source: Queensland Health 

Prevent heat-related illness – advice for seniors

Hot weather may affect older people more than others. Some people may be at increased risk of heat-related illnesses and need special care in hot weather. Heat-related illness can also worsen pre-existing medical conditions. Older people who live alone, have chronic medical problems and take certain medications may need special care in hot weather.

If hot weather is predicted or present: 

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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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Budget Update on Aged and Disability Transport

A two-year extension of the Commonwealth Home Support Program, which is the prime funding source for transport services for older Australians, was announced in last month’s 2017- 2018 Budget.

The budget also provided good news for NDIS participants, with continued funding for the NDIS being provided through a 0.5% increase in the Medicare levy.

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How to Reduce Electricity Usage to Save on Your Bills

Making small changes to your electricity usage can help reduce your electricity bill and it is good for the environment too.  ...

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National Disability Scheme (NDIS) and important changes to Transport

For people with disability, transport is changing through the National Disability Insurance Scheme. These changes are a contentious issue, with many participants of the NDIS outrages at these changes, ultimately having a negative impact on their lives – not what any of us were expecting from the NDIS. ...

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Commonwealth Continuity of Support Program (CoS)

The Commonwealth Continuity of Support Program (CoS) is a specialist disability service for older people. ...

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