'Let's come together Queensland!' is the theme of this year's Senior's Week, which promises to celebrate a Queensland for all ages.
The week organised by Council on the Ageing (COTA) Queensland since 1960 and now by COTA on behalf of the Queensland Government, will run from 19-27 August 2017, and provides the opportunity for older Queenslanders to explore programs and services, events and activities, and to connect with people of all ages and backgrounds. The week also provides the opportunity to celebrate the many contributions older people make in their communities.
Both COTA Queensland and the State Government value the contribution older people have made – whether as volunteers or in the workforce, community leaders or carers, grandparents or advocates.
The aim of Seniors Week is to:
- improve community attitudes toward older people and ageing
- facilitate community participation including those from Indigenous and culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds
- enhance community connection and intergenerational relationships
"Seniors Week is a time for all Queenslanders to acknowledge and celebrate the valuable contributions seniors make in their communities. Whether as volunteers or in the workforce, seniors utilize their experiences and knowledge as carers, grandparents and community leaders", COTA Queensland Mark Tucker-Evans said.
"For some living in rural and remote communities, Seniors Week is the one time of year they get to connect with long lost friends.
"For others, Seniors Week is a way to assist in combating social isolation through the discovery of programs and activities, creation of new friendships and in remaining an active member of society."
"We appreciate that Seniors Week can only be a success through the hard work and efforts of people and organisations throughout the state. We are looking forward to working with everyone" said Mark.
- 1 in 3 women and 1 in 5 men over the age of 65 in Australia live alone
- Seniors Week is a way to assist in combating social isolation
- Seniors Week brings Queenslanders of all ages together
- It's the largest week long seniors' celebration in Queensland
- You don't have to be old to attend
- You don't have to be young to have funThere are some really fun events including music and dancing, trivia competitions, art and road shows , storytelling and art exhibitions. Don't miss out. Start planning to attend an event here.
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