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Seniors Week goes virtual in 

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Celebrating Queensland Seniors

15-23 August 



Can you believe we are now just weeks away from the start of Seniors Week? 
 
We have been working with event organisers to register events into the online calendar daily and you can search the calendar by location, category, map, and by virtual or physical events. There is a great selection on offer and we  recommend visiting the calendar often over the upcoming the weeks. 

Whilst our usual face to face interactive program may not take place in a number of areas around the state, there is a great range of virtual events.  The beauty of virtual events is you can access them from anywhere!  They also provide a safe way for us to celebrate with one and other.  

Seniors Week is a great time to bring family and friends together. If you know some who may need hand consider hosting your own  COVID safe BYOT (Bring your own tea) party, inviting them along, and enjoying the events together.  This can be achieved by using a computer connected to your TV, smart TV, chromecast, or projector.   

Whilst it is not our usual way of celebrating, by going virtual we can provide an opportunity for people  to access a wide range of events and activities held throughout Queensland. Find more information about Queensland Seniors Week by clicking here.  

Are you an event organiser?

If you are planning an event be sure to visit check out our Planning Your Event page, access and download the media kit items, and don't forget to register your events into the calendar here

Do you have questions?  I am here to help.  You can reach me on seniorsweek@cotaqld.org.au or by phoning 07 3316 2908.

I can't wait to celebrate with you! 

Cheers,
Lisa Hodgkinson
Coordinator
Communications and Queensland Seniors Week 
COTA Queensland

Staying safe online 


To enable people to celebrate Seniors Week in safest way possible, we have gone virtual.  We know not everyone is comfortable using the internet, and some people may need some support or guidance. 

The internet is a safe place to explore and enjoy, provided you know how to make the safe decisions.

There are lots of things you can do on the internet. You can:
  • Keep in touch with family and friends.
  • Manage your finances with online banking.
  • Do your shopping online and have it delivered to you.
  • Keep up with the news, or find out about things that interest you.
  • Celebrate Queensland Seniors Week. 
In the Seniors Week program this year we have some great webinars that will provide you with some tips and to staying safe online.

E-Safety Webinars

The internet is a wonderful place to explore, and it can help you do a lot of things easily.   But there are some things you need to know so you can enjoy being online safely.  

Join nbn™ , eSafety Commissioner, Queensland Police and COTA Queensland at one of three webinars on eSafety as they show you some simple tips to stay safe online.
 

These webinars will be hosted on GoToWebinar and a link to access the events will be sent to you after registration. 

Staying Connected whilst travelling around Australia

As we know, COVID-19 restrictions mean that we will not be able to travel overseas for sometime so a fabulous opportunity to travel around our own backyard. Make the most of our spectacular country and holiday here!

Join IT 4 Retirees  on Tuesday 18 August from 10:30-11:30am, as they teach you to stay connected with family, friends and the wider community whilst travelling. During this hour long webinar you will learn about:

• The pros & cons of WiFi vs Mobile data
• Keeping your personal information and devices safe
• Staying in touch via Video Chat and other communication methods
• Handy travel apps to make life easier when out & about

The best part is there is no pre-requisite knowledge needed – just a desire to know more about your smartphone, tablet & computer so you can stay connected whilst holidaying.

Spaces are limited!  Find out more and register today by clicking here

Together: the stories of us

A people powered project aimed at showcasing the diversity of Queenslanders through stories, photos, videos, and recipes. 

Without a doubt we are living in an interesting time due to the COVID pandemic.  But we are not alone.

Together we are supporting one another.  Together we are learning new skills, and ways to keep in touch. Together we are aiming to inspire, celebrate, and stay socially connected even when we are physically distanced. Together we will thrive.

By sharing our stories we can connect, find aspects of ourselves in others and of others in ourselves. We all have stories and that is what brings us together.
SHARE YOUR STORY

Help create our birthday playlist 

Queensland Seniors Week is turning 60 this year and we are creating a playlist of music on Spotify for everyone to enjoy. 

  • Do you have a favorite song? 
  • Is there a song that embodies the spirit of Seniors Week for you? 
  • Do you have a 'go to' song or songs when you're having a party? 

Find out more. 

LISTEN TO OUR PLAYLIST

Hugs


Our favorite embrace.  Not all of us can share one at the moment but that doesn't mean we can't share the sentiment of a hug.  

We won't be without hugs forever, but during this time we can let someone know we are thinking of them by giving them a virtual hug.
GIVE A HUG TODAY!
Did you know:  The Seniors Week was not always held in August? The very first Queensland Seniors Week, formally known as "Old People's Week", was commenced on 6 October 1960. 

Who is COTA Queensland?

Council on the Ageing (COTA) Queensland is a statewide not-for-profit organisation advancing the rights, interests and futures of people as we age.

For over 60 years we have worked with older people to ensure the futures of Queenslanders are filled with opportunity and possibility.

Our programs support older Queenslanders to influence decision making and create positive social change.

To find out more about COTA Queensland, click here.

Queensland Seniors Week is coordinated by COTA Queensland on behalf of the Queensland Government. 
 
This program supports the building of Age-friendly communities in Queensland. 
Copyright © 2020 COTA Queensland, All rights reserved.


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