Strengthening social connections is one of the main themes of this year’s Queensland October Seniors Month.
Getting involved in exercise and social activities are a great way to keep body and mind active. Picture: Queensland Government
With many Brisbane seniors having suffered from isolation as a result of Covid restrictions, Council of the Ageing (COTA) Queensland, said connecting with one and other has never been more important.
During October people of all ages, cultures, and abilities can connect through inclusive events and activities, celebrating the important and essential roles older people play in our communities. “In short it’s going to be a connect fest.”
One of the highlights is going to be the celebration of National Grandparents Day on Sunday, October 30.
Seniors Month provides opportunities to promote positive community attitudes towards older people and ageing, facilitate community participation, and enhance community connections, aligning with the Queensland Government’s and Council on the Ageing (COTA) Queensland’s vision of building Age-friendly communities in Queensland.
Staying connected is one of the main messages of Queensland Seniors Month. Picture: COTA
The five objectives of Queensland Seniors Month 2022 are:
• Connect older Queenslanders to inclusive events and activities by producing culturally inclusive, multigenerational or lifestyle events/activities for Queenslanders in their communities.
• Create opportunities for older Queenslanders to continue to participate in activities beyond Queensland Seniors Month.
• Challenge ageist attitudes and reframe the conversation around ageing.
• Enable older Queenslanders to live active and healthy lives with improved physical and mental wellbeing.
• Enhance opportunities for older Queenslanders to continue to learn through community education, lifelong learning, and digital literacy.
Another event to look forward to during Seniors Month is Queensland’s Largest Sunday Roast to be held on October 16.
Queensland’s Largest Sunday Roast, to be held on October 16, is a great chance to enjoy a memorable meal and build on strengthening connections. Picture: Queensland Health
Billed as a way of ‘combating social isolation and loneliness, one fork at a time’, it’s a chance to get people of all ages together and strengthen bonds of family and friendships.
COTA quoted 1 in 3 seniors as feeling lonely. And that 1 in 3 seniors live alone and are at increased risk for social isolation and/or loneliness?
Geebung RSL Club is doing its bit to support the big day.
2 Course – Traditional Roast of the Day & Dessert
Lunch 11.30am to 2.00pm
Dinner 5.30pm to 8.00pm
Bookings 3265 3711
Visit the Queensland Seniors Month website often for news and updates, and to register and find events near you.