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Seniors Week goes virtual in

Celebrating Queensland Seniors
15-23 August 

2020 has been pretty weird.  We've been devastated, separated, isolated, and yet somehow it has brought us together a bit.  That's why is is so important that we keep our connections with one and other going. 

Unfortunately our usual face to face interactive program will not take place in many areas of the state this year but there are a great range of virtual activities for you to enjoy. 

Some people may need some help or support to access the online events.   If you know some who may need hand consider hosting your own BYOT (Bring your own tea) party, inviting them along to enjoy the events together. 

This can be achieved by sharing a computer, smart TV,  using a chromecast or  projector.   

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

Whilst it is not our usual way of celebrating, it gives us the opportunity to access a range of events and activities held throughout Queensland.

Find more information about Queensland Seniors Week by clicking here.  

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

Lisa Hodgkinson
Communications and Queensland Seniors Week 
COTA Queensland

Do you need a speaker
for your event? 

The Office of Fair Trading is committed to helping Queenslanders learn more about consumer issues, product safety and scam awareness. Learning about these issues is the best way to protect yourself and understand your rights.

Their staff are happy to present as guest speakers to any community group and would be delighted to reach out to Queensland’s seniors as part of the 2020 Seniors Week celebrations! 

All our presentations are offered free of charge and we are happy to conduct them either in person or, as part of our COVID19 response, virtually!

To book, fill out a general presentation form and email it to or call us on 3738 8610.                            

Together: the stories of us

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

Without 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.

Read Maureen's story below. 

A Fishy Story 

As a 79 year old wannabe artist living alone covid seemed to be the ideal opportunity to paint lots of watercolour paintings.

Arranged for everything to be delivered food, medicine, paper etc. no one visited! March, April May all blank on my calendar. BUT The one half of my imaginative, colourful, innovative brain was overcome by the logical practical side.

I spent hours pouring over covid statistics, trumpisms, shutdowns lock-ins and fiscal policies half of which flew right over my head!

Now it’s faded life is normal, in Queensland that is, my imagination is BACK. I discovered new materials e.g watercolour pencils see the fishy drawing enclosed.

So glad I am seeing loads of things to paint in my mind. Just need to make a fortune now to enable new mediums paints brushes paper.



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. 

A playlist is simply a collection of songs.

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? 

Sign up to Spotify for free and add your songs to our playlist

Spotify is a digital music, podcast, and video streaming service that gives you access to millions of songs and other content from artists all over the world.

You can search for songs by using either the name of the artist or the song title. 

If you need a little help getting started click here and further information and videos for creating and adding to playlists can be found here.


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.

Register your interest in screening the next B.OLD 2020: be B.OLDer film series in your community

The second series of the highly-successful B.OLD short films launched in Seniors Week last year is currently in the advanced stages of planning. The new series, aptly titled B.OLD 2020: be B.OLDer, will feature inspirational stories of real Queensland seniors who are challenging stereotypes and proving age is not barrier to living life to the full.
As the task of selecting just ten stories from the scores of inspiring entries submitted by Queenslanders from across the state is being finalised, now is a good time to look ahead to screening the new B.OLD 2020: be B.OLDer short film series in your community. Production and filming of ten short films that feature real Queenslanders enjoying diverse roles in Queensland’s age-friendly communities will be underway soon and the new short film series will be available later this year.
You might like to hold a screening at your home, your local library, community centre or other community venue. A range of promotional materials will be available to help you promote your event in the lead-up to the launch currently planned for October 2020.
Register your interest to host a screening and to receive updates at

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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