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Seniors Week goes virtual in 

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Celebrating Queensland Seniors

15-23 August 


To start this newsletter I would like to extend our many thanks to our emergency service workers, the Queensland Government, and news outlets who are working tirelessly to keep our state healthy, safe, and informed during this unprecedented time. As well, to all Queenslanders who are following the Chief Health Officer's directions, practicing physical distancing, and good hygiene.   We are not out of the woods yet, but together we can do our part to stop the spread of the COVID-19. 

If you have any symptoms or you are unwell please stay home and get tested. More information is available on Queensland Health's website and  information about testing and fever clinics can be found here. 

It has been two months since we announced Queensland Seniors Week is going virtual and we have been busily working behind the scenes with event organisers to provide a great program of virtual events, and some small localised events in some areas, to enable people to celebrate in the safest way possible. 
 
Seniors Week has historically provided opportunities for people to connect, find support and services, and assistance to reduce social isolation.  Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this year Seniors Week will be predominantly an online celebration and we don't want older Queenslanders to miss out on this important event.

We know older people with limited internet skills can feel isolated from their community, friends and family. Some people need extra support to get online and build their digital skills and also need a compelling reason to take the plunge.

A handy guide, Helping you to access virtual Seniors Week events, was created in partnership with the Queensland Government, Volunteering Queensland, Telstra, and COTA Queensland to assist people to access the online events and activities.  

If you know someone who would benefit from this guide,  lend a helping hand and print and share this guide with them. 

Are you looking for more information about digital literacy support?  Read our  by Helping you go virtual  e-newsletter.
 
Find more information about Queensland Seniors Week by visiting the website.  

Some great events to get you moving can be found in our previous e-newsletter, Kick your heels - we are dancing, along with events to keep you safe online in our Staying safe online e-newsletter 

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! 

Take care and stay safe,
Lisa Hodgkinson
Coordinator
Communications and Queensland Seniors Week 
COTA Queensland
HELPING YOU TO ACCESS VIRTUAL SENIORS WEEK EVENTS

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!

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
Did you know: The majority of Queensland receives an average of between 8 and 9 hours of sunshine every day – no wonder it's called the Sunshine State!

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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