The COTA Victoria Team are still working from their own homes, promoting opportunities and protecting the rights of older Victorians. This month, as restrictions begin to ease, we remind our community of the importance of continuing to be cautious: keep your distance when you are out and about; wash your hands with soap and warm water as often as you can; and if you’re feeling unwell, stay at home and contact your doctor. It’s safe to go to medical appointments and it’s important that you do so. But if you have concerns about attending in person, please discuss it with your doctor or specialist – there may be alternatives, such as a telehealth appointment.
The COVID Older Persons Information Line is still available for all your coronavirus questions. To speak to friendly, specially trained staff from a senior’s advocacy organisation, call 1800 171 866.
As a not-for-profit, we rely on government funding, philanthropic grants, member fees and donations in order to continue our work of nearly 70 years leading government, community and corporate thinking about the positive aspects of ageing. You can support our work by becoming a COTA Victoria member or making a tax-deductible donation.
On 15 June, we acknowledged World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. Elder abuse is a form of family violence and is unacceptable. Respect Victoria has relaunched their Respect older people: call it out campaign. If you’re experiencing elder abuse, or if you know someone who is, contact a trusted friend or doctor, call Seniors Rights Victoria on 1300 368 821, or visit the Senior Rights Victoria website.
And finally, the Victorian Seniors Festival has been reimagined. All the fun that’s usually condensed into one week is being transformed into a five-month program of activities brought right to you at home. Read on to learn more!