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Have your say on our 2020 state election priority statement

We are developing our statement of priorities for the 2020 Queensland state election. This statement will list the big issues for Queenslanders as we age, and what we’re asking of the incoming Queensland Government. It will be the basis for our discussions with members of all political parties in Queensland. We want to know what is important for you!

We invite you to read and comment on the consultation draft of our election statement on our Engagement Hub. 

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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.

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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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PallConsult Steering Committee Expression of Interest

We are seeking a community representative to represent us on the PallConsult Steering Committee.

The aim of PallConsult is to build capacity within the generalist workforce to provide quality end-of-life care and to support equitable access to home-based care for those who choose it. The sought outcomes are improved palliative patient experience especially for non-urban Queenslanders without direct access to a specialist palliative care service, coupled with decreased unwanted hospital admissions.

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All ages in all policies – together we can create an Age-friendly Queensland

 

You will have seen us talking and writing about age-friendly communities a lot over the years. Progress on achieving an age-friendly Queensland has been a key priority for COTA Queensland for over a decade. We have been working with businesses, local and state Government, community organisations, and people of all ages to make Queensland a more inclusive place to live.

For those who are less familiar with the concept, the Age-friendly Communities initiative is an international movement, led by the … Read the rest

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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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Mission for Dementia, Ageing and Aged Care Research Future Fund

We recently made a submission to the Australian Government on the Mission for Dementia, Ageing and Aged Care Research Future Fund roadmap. The Dementia, Ageing and Aged Care Mission is a research program that is investing $185 million to support older Australians to maintain their health and quality of life as they age, live independently for longer, and access quality care when they need it.  The Dementia, Ageing and Aged Care Mission Expert Advisory Panel is developing advice for mission … 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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