Connecting People of All Ages, Cultures, and Abilities

Queensland Seniors Month is a celebration that brings people together to connect with others, share experiences, discover supports and services, and create new memories.

We are pleased to continue working with the Queensland Government to plan and coordinate the state’s third annual Seniors Month, to be held in its sixty-third year, 1-31 October 2023. 

Beginning on Sunday 1 October, the United Nations International Day of Older Persons, Queensland Seniors Month will include National Grandparents Day, on Sunday the 29th before ending on the 31st.

We are continuing to celebrate with the theme of Social Connections. As we age, our social connections become increasingly important. To enable this, we need communities that foster and support these connections through spaces, places, and activities.

For some older Queenslanders, social isolation can lead to depression and other health problems. However, maintaining strong social connections can have a profound impact on our health and wellbeing.

These connections can come from a variety of sources including friends, family, community groups, and by taking part in Seniors Month events and activities.  Through these connections people may find emotional support, a sense of belonging, reason to stay active and engaged, or a sense of purpose and meaning.

During Queensland Seniors Month we aim to:

  1. Change traditional perceptions on ageing. Advancements in medicine and technology have enabled seniors to live longer with the opportunity to contribute to their communities.
  2. Connect older Queenslanders to inclusive events and activities by producing culturally inclusive, intergenerational or lifestyle events/activities for Queenslanders in their communities.
  3. Create opportunities for older Queenslanders to continue to participate in activities beyond Queensland Seniors Month.
  4. Encourage older Queenslanders to live active and healthy lives with improved physical and mental wellbeing.
  5. Enhance opportunities for older Queenslanders to continue to learn through community education, lifelong learning, and digital literacy.

From fitness classes, art and craft workshops, technology courses, social events, concerts, excursions, expos and so much more, the activities and events on offer can assist in staying active, engaged, and connected.

Both COTA Queensland and the State Government value the contributions older people have made and continue to make. Whether as volunteers or in the workforce, community leaders or carers, grandparents, or advocates and we take this opportunity to invite you to join in the celebrations.

Jean McRuvie

COTA Queensland