Extending our reach in 2018

Blog Post 9/5/2018

One of our 2018 ambitions is to take COTA SA, and the valuable opportunity to exchange ideas and information with older people, to as many places in South Australia as we possibly can. This follows our statewide conversations held throughout SA in the second half of 2017 as we prepared for the March State Election.

One of our most recent opportunities has been enabled by the Country Primary Health Network, which has funded COTA SA to offer local advice on navigating the complicated aged care systems. We have held free information sessions for local residents in several country centres - our first sessions were held last November in Murray Bridge, Victor Harbor and Kadina and more recently in Strathalbyn, Port Pirie and Jamestown, with more than 250 people in total attending so far.

Our COTA SA Project Officer, Helen Morley, says that while My Aged Care has provided a useful central resource, there is a need for face-to-face support to help people understand and navigate aged care. This is why each event also offers opportunities for people talk to organisations providing My Aged Care services in their local area.

While Helen has been taking My Aged Care to country areas, COTA SA Peer Educators have also been working hard to get information out about road safety, using mobility scooters safely and tips on when to give up driving at our Moving Right Along sessions.

Germaine Rowberry, who oversees our Moving Right Along program, says there is nearly a session every day at a venue across our state, with hundreds of older people having already taken part this year. We have run sessions in many country areas already including Kangaroo Island, the Fleurieu Peninsua and the South East, as well as a number of centrally-located sessions at our Hutt Street office.

We greatly value our COTA SA Club members who represent older people from Wudinna to Berri and beyond. We are trying to find ways that we can bring you more information about what they are up to - if you are part of a club and have a story to tell about what you are doing, we would love to hear from you. Send us an email or a letter along with some photos.

We also talk to people on the phone or over email every day about things that worry them or that they need information or help about. For some it is information about housing, while others have been disappointed by what they believe are age barriers that stop them from winning jobs.

COTA SA is a resource for all older people in SA. While we are small, our reach is helped by more than 110 active volunteers spread throughout SA. We are always keen visit and assist older people in as much of South Australia as we can - so if you would like to see us in your neck of the woods, please let us know. Otherwise we are always available via phone on 8232 0422, 1800 182 324 (for Country callers) or email cotasa@cotasa.org.au.