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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.
September 2020
Five generations of Sister Kate’s Home Kids - Stolen generations and descendants

At COTA (WA), we are honored by the stories shared with us of the lives and experiences that stretch back across generations. For this edition of COTA Connections, we welcomed Beryl Dixon (née Keen), and her family to tell us about in her life and her experiences during a past health pandemic, in her own words.

My name is Beryl Dixon (née Keen) and I am nearing my 94th birthday this coming November. I am a Menang Goreng Wardjari woman of the Noongar Nation, Great Southern region, Western Australia...read more

From the CEO
If there is a positive to come out of the COVID-19 pandemic – it’s been the heart-warming stories of how families or communities have reached out to support the most at risk during the crisis period. Sometimes, it’s those who we perceive to be the most vulnerable who surprise us with their stoicism and wisdom...read more.
Elder abuse is everyone's business
View our new information and awareness campaign into the into the prevention of Elder Abuse. We've spread this message across TV, radio, print and in our community and Local Government seminars on living well at home. View the campaign online: https://youtu.be/VVJMbRaI8Ag 
How do you feel about the COVID-19 recovery?
Our most recent survey into the experiences of our population during COVID-19 found that the older an individual was, the less confident they were about leaving their home with easing restrictions and the more likely they were to scale back support services to save on costs and limit physical contact...read more.
Tai chi at Westfield Booragoon
Our mall walkers at Westfield Booragoon get an expert warm-up from Tai Chi leaders before they set off. Tai Chi is excellent for balance, relaxation and circulation and there is plenty of scientific literature that supports the role of Tai Chi in fall prevention and healthy ageing.
www.cotawa.org.au/programs-projects/mallwalking
New Navigating Aged Care Sessions

In partnership with local council and associations we run free and independent information sessions on navigating the aged care system. New dates have been set for September to November 2020...read more

Mentoring 2 Work

Over the past 3 years, we’ve delivered Mentoring 2 Work, a program that pairs industry experienced mentors with young people looking for work. If you want to be part of a new series of success stories, get in touch with us on (08) 9472 0104.
Watch our short video that chronicles the journey of some of our mentors https://youtu.be/tRnHTuGcOUQ

Strength for Life Launches at Seaside Exercise Physiology
Strength for Life is our progressive strength training and exercise program designed specifically for the over 50’s. Seaside Exercise Physiology are launching our program in Butler on Fri, September 18, 1-2pm. Unit 7, 2 Amesbury Loop, Butler.
Speak up about Elder Abuse
Sure they may wash their mum's dishes… but it doesn't give them the right to clean out her savings. If you notice something, speak up. Your voice has the power to stop the silent cycle of elder abuse. To find out more information visit www.cotawa.org.au
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Looking after a friend
Pets of Older Persons (POOPS) helps owners take care of their beloved pets when they need a bit of extra help. Read about POOPS Volunteers who helped Maureen walk her dog, Ray, after Maureen had an accident over a year ago.
Community Citizen of the Year Awards
We know older Australians do a great deal of volunteering and work in their community. If you know someone who makes an outstanding contribution to their community, put their name forward for an award.
www.citizenshipawards.com.au/nominate
Let us know about digital inclusion
The Digital Inclusion Blueprint for WA is asking for your feedback on how to make us a more inclusive, age-friendly state. We want to hear about your experiences in accessing and using digital technology and the internet.
RAD Walkers in Rockingham
COTA's Mall Walkers aren’t the only ones who have started walking at centres again. RAD Walkers are regular walking group for people living with dementia and their carers in Rockingham.
www.rockingham.wa.gov.au/your-city/news/2020/july/popular-rad-walkers-group-to-return
Stay healthy in Yangebub
Yangebup Family Centre are running free chair yoga and group fitness classes for 65s and over.
Group Fitness: MONDAY, 8.45-9.30am, Contact Robby 0466352368.
Chair Yoga: WEDNESDAY, 9.15-10am, Contact Michelle 0487216313
Living with Dementia
Dementia Australia are running a comprehensive 'Living with Dementia Program' for people living with dementia, their family and carers. They've even added an online option. Visit their Eventbrite to find out more: www.eventbrite.com.au/o/dementia-australia-6584917001
Carer Help
Carer Help is an online resource for carers, caring for someone at end of life.
They provide information, advice, learning modules and videos to help support carers who are going through the challenging period of caring for a dying person.
Melville Memory Cafe
A Memory Cafe is a safe, supportive and inclusive environment for people living with dementia and their carers where they can socialise over a cuppa, connect through sharing their experiences and rediscovering memories.
Milano's in Hawaiian's Melville are hosting a memory cafe Tuesday 29th September, 10 - 11am and then the last tuesday of each month.
Psychological Support For Residential Aged Care
Up to 15% of older people experience depression, and about 10% live with anxiety. WA Primary Health Alliance in collaboration with Direction Psychology are supporting people in residential aged care facilities with, or at risk of, developing a mental illness with psychological services at no cost to the individual. There is help for later life's ups and downs. Find out more, call 1300 322 068.
Are you OK?
R U OK day was September 10 for 2020. But it's always a good time to check in and see how your friends, family, neighbours and co-workers are going. Take the time to reach out or listen to what others are feeling or going through.
www.ruok.org.au/how-to-ask

 
 
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