Adjusting to our longer lives demands a wholesale rethink of how we understand, and talk about, age.
With this in mind and for the month of October, Council on the Ageing (COTA) ACT is launching a campaign called #ReimaginingAgeing.
It is important to remember that while “older people” may be labelled as one homogenous group, individuals within it can span an age range of more than 40 years. At each stage, individuals have distinctive behaviours, preferences and buying power, different levels of health and wellbeing, and different needs for support and celebration in their lives.
COTA ACT is taking this opportunity to link a succession of special days and events together to raise awareness of issues associated with our wonderful ageing population. We are supporting and celebrating many activities across the Territory for, about and focused on, older Canberrans such as:
- International Day of Older Person (1 October)
- the Hughes Community Shed working bee day (17 October)
- Get Online Week launch for Seniors Get I.T. (19-25 October)
- ACT Grandparent’s Day (25 October), and
- #ReimaginingAgeing Beyond Bank Dollar Match Donation Day (28 October).
During the recent COVID-19 lockdown, many older Canberrans have not been able to participate in their usual activities. Staying at home has led to feelings of isolation and loneliness, older Canberrans have felt marginalised due to being in a high risk category under COVID-19.
We encourage you now to look at #ReimaginingAgeing and support our older community members.
Take the time to get to know your older neighbours or other seniors in your community. Ask them about their life. Reach out to make a new friend, ask a question, join in on community activities, share a recipe, borrow some sugar, make tea for two and celebrate ageing.
#ReimaginingAgeing is a time to celebrate older people in the Canberra community and in our families. Living as an older person can be a very exciting time. Retirement can be filled with activities, grandchildren, travel and pursuing volunteering, charitable and advocacy pursuits.
Reach out to seniors in the Canberra community and let your imagination go!
|Date||Theme||Raising awareness on|
|1 October||International Day of the Older Person||Pandemics: do they change how we address age and ageing?|
|2 October||International day of non-violence||Elder abuse prevention|
|8 October||World Sight Day||Recycle your glasses for Charity|
|9 October||World Post Day||Send a postcard to your grandparents or carers|
|10 October||World Mental Health Day and Universal Music Day||Look out for seniors wellbeing and golden oldie singalong|
|16 October||World Food Day||The best scone recipe or classic 70s recipes|
|17 October||Hughes Community Shed||Working bee with ADFA Cadets|
|19- 25 October||Get Online Week||Active Ageing exerciser session via the COTA ACT Facebook page|
|24 Oct – 1 Nov||ACT Children’s Week||Intergenerational activities|
|25 October||ACT Grandparents Day||Take a moment to thank your grandparents or carers|
|27 October||Silver Sprayers Day||Spray painting the hash tag #ReimaginingAgeing at Hughes Community Centre|
|28 October||#ReimaginingAgeing Beyond Bank Dollar Match Donation Day||Donate to COTA ACT. Beyond Bank will match dollar for dollar what is donated.|
|29 October||Internet Day||Get I.T. for seniors. Phone: 62823777|
|31 October||Halloween||Dress up with the grand kids (or without!)|
For more information email Events@cotaact.org.au or phone 6282 3777.