COTA Queensland is pleased to be again working with the Queensland Government to plan and coordinate this annual celebration of the contribution that older Queenslanders continue to make to our state.

Beginning on Saturday 1 October, the United Nations International Day of Older Persons Queensland’s Seniors Month will include National Grandparents Day, on 30 October before ending on 31 October.

Social Connections will again be the theme because connection is the energy that exists between people when they feel seen, heard and valued.

Through Queensland Seniors Month we aim to:

* Connect older Queenslanders to inclusive events and activities by producing culturally inclusive, intergenerational or lifestyle events/activities for Queenslanders in their communities.

* Create opportunities for older Queenslanders to continue to participate in activities beyond Queensland Seniors Month.

* Challenge ageist attitudes and reframe the conversation around ageing.

* Enable older Queenslanders to live active and healthy lives with improved physical and mental wellbeing.

* Enhance opportunities for older Queenslanders to continue to learn through community education, lifelong learning, and digital literacy.

This aligns with the Queensland Government’s and Council on the Ageing (COTA) Queensland’s vision of building an Age-friendly Queensland.

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 and we take this opportunity to invite you to join in the celebrations.

Jean McRuvie

COTA Queensland