Queensland Seniors to be celebrated all month long.
Connecting with one and other has never been more important. For the first time we are celebrating Seniors Month, 1- 31 October, with the theme Social Connections.
During the month people of all ages, cultures, and abilities will connect through inclusive events and activities, celebrating the important and essential roles older people play in our communities. In short it’s going to be a connect fest!
Beginning on the United Nations International Day of Older Persons the month will end on National Grandparents Day, 31 October.
Seniors Month aims to:
- improve community attitudes towards older people and ageing.
- facilitate community participation and activity by older people, including those from Indigenous and culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.
- enhance community connections and inter-generational relationships.
This aligns with the Queensland Government’s and Council on the Ageing (COTA) Queensland’s vision of building Age-friendly communities in Queensland.
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COTA Queensland coordinates Queensland Seniors Month on behalf of the Queensland Government.
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.
Frequently asked questions:Is Seniors Month a national event?
No, the states and territories celebrate Seniors Months and Weeks at different times of the year and for various lengths of time. Making Queensland Seniors Month, unique to Queenslanders.
What are the dates of Seniors Month?
Queensland Seniors Month’s will be held 1- 31 October 2021. Beginning on the United Nations International Day of Older Persons the month will end on National Grandparents Day.
What is the theme?
This year Seniors Month is celebrating Social Connections, connecting people of all ages, cultures, and abilities through inclusive events and activities, celebrating the important and essential roles older people play in our communities.
Where do I find events?
You can access the online event calendar by clicking here. You can view the calendar in a range of ways including the map, list and month. You can search for events city/suburb and key words. Hundreds of events will make up this years calendar, be sure to click next events to discover what’s on.
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 into a major annual celebration.
Who is COTA Queensland?
COTA Queensland, a member of the COTA Federation is a for purpose registered charity committed to advancing the rights, needs, interests and futures of people as we age.
Our vision is that ageing in Queensland is a time of possibility, opportunity and influence.
We recognise the impact of systemic inequalities, disadvantage and discrimination on some Queenslanders as we age and are committed to speaking out on these issues to achieve our vision.
We work with older people, community organisations, service providers, peak agencies, researchers, Governments at all levels, and the COTAs around Australia to inform, advocate, and influence.
We advocate through membership of advisory committees, public statements, submissions, and support programs from other organisations that align with our objectives.
To find out more about COTA Queensland, click here.