Celebrating Queensland Seniors 2020

Queensland Seniors Week will be celebrated as Queensland Seniors Month this August 2020. This year marks our 60th year celebrating Queensland seniors and we are busily working away to deliver the best statewide event. Stay tuned for some exciting announcements.

Seniors Month provides opportunities to promote positive community attitudes towards older people and ageing, facilitate community participation, and enhance community connections, aligning with the Queensland Government’s and Council on the Ageing (COTA) Queensland’s vision of building Age-friendly communities in Queensland.

Seniors Month aims 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.

COTA Queensland coordinates Queensland Seniors Month on behalf of the Queensland Government and receives funding to collaboratively plan, run and subsidise Seniors Month events and activities. Subsidy information will be made available soon.

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.

Funded by the Queensland Government, the program provides $100,000 to subsidise events and activities held during Queensland Seniors Month, August 2020.

This program supports the building of an Age-friendly Queensland.

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How it all started

COTA Queensland initiated the first Queensland Seniors Week in 1960. Back then it was called Old People’s Week and COTA was known as the Old People’s Welfare Council. Language has changed over the years, but the purpose of the celebration hasn’t. Over the years Seniors Week has grown significantly, so much so that in 2020 we will be celebrating the entire month of August.

Seniors Month helps to build and maintain strong communities by connecting people of all ages and backgrounds through the many events and activities held throughout the month.

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. We advocate to Government on issues that affect us all as we age and we promote older people’s rights. We provide information to the community to help people be empowered to make informed decisions. We promote and partner in research that addresses the big issues for older people. We support organisations that address issues for older Queenslanders who are experiencing injustice, discrimination, disadvantage or disability.

As one event participant put it, “you can’t put a price on the value of a human being, especially our seniors”.

To find out more about COTA Queensland, click here.

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Contact us today to find out more about Seniors Month Events near you.