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The Council on the Ageing Western Australia is the peak organisation for seniors in WA. We are an independent registered charity and NGO. We work with politicians, policy makers, service providers and the media to make sure the views of older people are heard and acted on. We also run a number of programs to support an age-friendly WA.
October 2020
Congratulations to our Mall Walkers over 90
With our mall walkers striding back into centres, and a few 90th birthdays happening over the shutdown period, we took the time to catch up with some of our more experienced regulars and listen to what has been going on in their lives.

If you can’t make it down to a shopping centre right now for a walk, you can get a digital copy of our guide to help you get in some exercise in at home:
www.cotawa.org.au/AtHomeGuide

From the CEO
The bright, sunny days we’re experiencing this week feels like the light at the end of the tunnel. It’s been a long dark winter for many of us, but particularly for those who live alone – and may have felt the isolation more keenly. I hope you are feeling more optimistic with each passing day...read more
Behind the scenes on a new campaign against elder abuse
Our new campaign against elder abuse included messages in print and on TV. The commercial, pictured with our very own Daphne (mall walking coordinator), serves to address the severity of elder abuse. If you missed it, see it on our Youtube: www.youtube.com/watch?v=VVJMbRaI8Ag
Have a go day 2020
At COTA (WA) we are busy preparing for Have A Go Day. While COVID-19 has made it impossible to run the Seniors Week Awards in the usual format, we are working with our Patron Kim Beazley and Minister for Seniors Mick Murray to acknowledge seniors in November.
Navigating aged care: October and beyond
Our calendar is filling up with new sessions for our Aged Care System Navigator.
If you could benefit from free and independent advice on aged-care and living well at home, view our upcoming dates...read more.
We visit the purple road project
During our Age Care Navigator presentation in Bayswater, we were able to visit the Purple Road Project. Each flower in this handstitched quilt represents someone's story, a conversation or reflection on elder abuse.
Mentoring 2 Work video feature
Our partners at United Way have created a fantastic introduction and overview of the experiences of participants in the Mentoring 2 Work Program (M2W).
Watch the new M2W video on United Way's Facebook.
A decade of healthy ageing
International Day of Older Persons has been, but ageing in a pandemic remains relevant. During the changes we’ve all had to make, we’ve been running a series of rapid surveys into the experiences of those over 50 in WA. Read how confidence is returning for some, but many of our older Australians have postponed critical support services.
Strength for Life launches at Seaside Physiology
We welcome our latest member, Seaside Exercise Physiology in Butler, who launched Strength For Life on a bright day with our healthy ageing ambassador, Prof. Zeigler.
www.cotawa.org.au/sfl-landing/
Safe at home campaign launch
Join the campaign for every Older Australian to get critical home support they need within 30 days. Sign the Petition and join COTA Australia's latest campaign to reduce the waiting times from 18 months.
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Update your will
The Public Trustee are delivering a packed talk on making and storing a will, deceased estates, enduring powers of attorney and guardianship, safeguarding against elder abuse and more in November.
Book at www.trybooking.com/BGTXG or call 1300 746 116

 
The Letterbox Project
There are 250,000 Australians in residential aged care across the country and up to 40% do not get visits. The Letterbox Project sends handwritten letters to those who need it. With over 5,000 registered writers, sign up to send or receive a letter.
https://www.connectedau.com.au/the-letterbox
National Carers Week
Previously planned events for Carers Week 2020 have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and are not going ahead. This October, we encourage Western Australians to join our #ShareYouCare celebrations instead.
www.carerswa.asn.au/news-events/carers-week/
Chat with a friend
It can be hard not to feel a little isolated if you are physical distancing. FriendLine is a chat service for anyone who is feeling lonely. All conversations are casual, anonymous and run by trained volunteers who love a good chat. Call up FriendLine on 1800 424 287 or visit www.friendline.org.au
Veteran hearing loss
Hearing loss and tinitus are one of the most common conditions for Veterans. Lions Hearing Clinic have opened a new state-of-the-art clinic as part of a combined veteran health initiative in 28 Saint Georges Terrace, Perth. Call 1800 054 667 or book@lionshearing.org.au
 
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Council on the Ageing Western Australia
Council on the Ageing (WA)
PO Box 923
Victoria Park, WA 6979
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