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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.
August 2020
Live well at home with the At Home Guide

We developed the At Home Guide to help older Australians to live well during a time of physical distancing and restrictions on travel.

We've also partnered to develop a companion video, a visual presentation of the guide from front to back. The video companion features the in-depth interviews and explanations from the experts and seniors that we consulted with to develop the guide.

Visit our new Youtube channel to watch the video: https://youtu.be/cofYOZHY3vI

From the CEO
Over the last few weeks I’ve been privileged to join our Mall Walkers as they resume their activities at our participating shopping centres. Aside from the exercise benefit I’ve enjoyed chatting to the walkers and listening to their stories ...read more
Become a mentor
Now in its 3rd year, our Mentoring 2 Work program is inviting new and returning mentors to empower young adults to help find and maintain employment. You will benefit by developing your skills in mentoring and connecting with the younger generation, and in doing so, help build a better community...read more
Seniors Voice: a COTA (WA) survey into COVID-19
During the unfolding pandemic, we ran a brief survey in March to gauge the views and resilience of our older Australians, receiving over 300 responses. Now during the easing of restrictions on social activities and services, we are collecting feedback to inform policy and the Seniors Taskforce. Take the 10 minute survey: www.cotawa.org.au/SeniorsVoice1
Mall walkers head back to centres

Our mall walkers have started going back to their favourite centres and cafes together. Take a look at a few of our photos from our new starters...read more

Strength for Life goes to Merredin
Our Seniors Exercise program – Strength for Life – dropped by the Merredin Squash and Fitness to congratulate a great centre that has been with us for over 10 years...read more
'Connect with Home' supports older women to find safe and secure housing
Join other women in accessing resources and peer support to explore and apply for suitable housing in the Cities of Belmont, Canning and South Perth and the Town of Victoria Park...read more
Promoting Sexuality into Older Age
COTA NSW and UNE, have released findings from a new project on older people talking to medical professionals about sexuality. The team has now produced a video series of conversations with those who took part.
Talk about Voluntary Assisted Dying

Honours student Faye Woodward from ECU is seeking people over 65 to be interviewed regarding their perspectives on voluntary assisted dying. To assist in this new research, get in touch with Faye on 0435735146 or fwoodwar@our.ecu.edu.au

Aged care expectations
New releases by the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety show that our Aged Care system needs to better align with community expectations. ‘What Australians think of Ageing and Aged Care’, contains a national survey of over 10,000 people and including detailed focus groups and interview from those with lived experience.
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Volunteer for the Awesome Festival
The Awesome Festival is an exhibition of Children's Art at the Perth Cultural Centre. The festival has a few volunteer shifts left between September 21 and October 4.
www.awesomearts.com/volunteers
Social services and COVID-19
Are you an older person, someone living with dementia or an informal carer?  An online survey from Griffith University is looking at how social service closures is impacting you.
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
 
Dementia Information Sessions
Dementia Australia are running a series of free dementia information sessions in Currambine and Cockburn in Late August and throughout September. Visit their event page to find out more:
https://tinyurl.com/DInfo20
Revising Advance Health Directives (AHD)
An AHD is a legal document that sets out the treatment that you want if you were unable to communicate your wishes. A new AHD form is currently in the works and the Department of Health are running a new consultation.
Workshops and online survey are being run throughout August: health.wa.gov.au/AHDconsult
Use twitter to break stereotypes about ageing
The International Federation on Ageing is collecting images and stories aiming to break down stereotypes of older people by showing their resilience and strength in the face of adversity. Have a story to share? Use the #Agequality tag.
COVID-19 Information
COTA Australia and the Australian Government have released an updated COVID-19 Fact sheet for older Australians.
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Council on the Ageing (WA)
PO Box 923
Victoria Park, WA 6979
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