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COTA
Who We Are

COTA SA - #ReframingAgeing in SA

COTA SA is creating new images and expectations of our older years... boldly reframing the way we age.

Our Vision

Ageing in Australia is a time of possibility, opportunity and influence.

Our Mission

We advance the rights, interests and futures of Australians as we age.

COTA Values

Respect
We respect and value the contribution and lived experience of Australians as they age and support each person's right to make choices and to participate in their community.

Diversity
We value the great diversity that characterises Australians of all ages and are committed to genuine exchange and engagement with all older people in Australia.

Collaboration
We communicate and work collaboratively with older people, with each other, with our partners, and with the Australian community to achieve the vision and mission of COTA.

Integrity
We operate ethically, openly, honestly and with accountability in all our interactions

COTA SA is an older people's movement run by, for and with older people. We represent the aspirations, interests and rights of 633,000 older South Australians and are part of a national federation that began in SA in 1957. We use peer support and co-design methodologies, providing a platform for older people to be the drivers and shapers of the products, programs, services, research and technology that they use.

More than 100 volunteers support our work and we are actively involved in well over 200 seniors clubs and networks throughout SA. We work closely with partner organisations such as the Multicultural Communities Council SA, LGBTI Health Alliance, SA Retirement Villages Residents Association and the SA Residential Parks Residents Association to reach the rich and wide diversity of older South Australians.

We run an active policy agenda on a wide range of issues including housing, aged care, retirement income, health and well-being, cost of living, age discrimination and employment.

COTA SA offers many services and programs for older people including

  • Strength for Life helping older people resume or start exercise through more than 90 gyms and community centres across SA
  • Peer Education Centre offering sessions in topics including aged care, advanced care directives to road safety
  • An active program of workshops about topics such as aged care, digital technology, active ageing, health, driving both from COTA SA in Hutt Street Adelaide and in regional areas
  • Individual consultations for older people needing assistance on a range of personal matters such as legal assistance, advocacy, paying bills, writing letters etc

Every October COTA SA hosts the longest running arts and community festival in Australia. ZestFest (previously the Every Generation Festival) reaches more than 100,000 older South Australians across the state.

Members can also make great savings on everyday items at thousands of businesses across Australia through the Member Rewards program.

What we did in 2016