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Latest News Update from COTA SA, 5/7/2017

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New Blog Post - Spotlight on Moving Right Along

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Every so often we'll dedicate a blog post to highlighting one of the many great programs we offer at COTA SA, this week we're taking a closer look at Moving Right Along.

What is Moving Right Along

Moving Right Along is one of several programs that COTA SA offers through our Seniors Peer Education Centre - Peer Education is the process of people who share common ground teaching and learning from one another. The sessions which take approximately one hour aim to better inform people about the issues facing older drivers and encourage discussion about driving safely, motorised mobility scooter safety, and alternatives to driving.

Read the blog post here https://www.cotasa.org.au/blog/2017/moving-right-along.aspx

New Media Release - 22nd June

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COTA SA welcomes overdue focus on mental health for older people and boost for innovation in modern ageing

COTA SA has applauded two important announcements in today's budget - the $14.6m allocation to build a new dementia and mental health facility for older people and the $11.4 million investment in SA's Ageing Well sector.

COTA SA CEO Jane Mussared says the injection of funding for a new mental health facility for older South Australians with severe dementia and mental health issues was a must-do following Oakden.

To read the full media release go to: https://www.cotasa.org.au/news/newslist/2017/state-budget-reaction.aspx

NAIDOC Week 2017

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Each July, Australians come together to celebrate NAIDOC Week and to honour the history, culture, contribution and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. In 2017, NAIDOC Week will run from 2 to 9 July 2017 with the theme of ‘Our Languages Matter'.

NAIDOC week is in full swing but there's still time to see what's happening and get involved...

Visit the NAIDOC website for more information http://www.naidocsa.com/, have a look at the SA calendar of events here http://statedevelopment.sa.gov.au/upload/aard/naidoc/NAIDOCeventscalendar2017.pdf?t=1499219694367. One of the key events still to come is the march and family fun day on friday http://www.naidocsa.com/events/naidoc-march-and-family-fun-day.html

Improve your sense of Wellbeing and Resilience

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Be part of positioning South Australia as the State of Wellbeing. ACH Group has partnered with SAHMRI to deliver workshops over nine weeks aimed at sharing tools and strategies to improve your wellbeing and resilience for everyday living. The program will help you to:

>Understand what wellbeing and resilience means and how they can make a difference for you
>Capitalise on your strengths
>Enhance relationships
>Cultivate healthy habits
>Explore strategies to bounce back from set backs or daily hassles and stressors

Date: Friday July 7 to Friday September 1 2017
Time: 10.00am - 12.00pm
Venue: Findon Library, Findon Shopping Centre, corner Findon and Grange Road
Transport: Available on request
RSVP: 1300 22 44 77, limited seats available

Call for Participants: Bridge Employment and Adjusting to Retirement Study

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You are invited to participate in a study aimed at increasing understanding of bridge employment and retirement.

Bridge employment is defined as any paid work that a person engages in after s/he retires from her/his major career job/work. In order to participate in this research, you need to be formally retired from your major career job/work as well as currently engaged in any form of paid work.

This study involves an online survey that takes about 30 minutes to complete.

For more information see https://www.cotasa.org.au/requests/bridge-employment-retirement.aspx

Call for Participants: Making Smart Moves Study

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Studies have shown that being sedentary for long periods increases risk of falls, heart disease, diabetes, and death. The average older adult spends up to 70% of their waking time being inactive. This figure increases further after a fall.  The SMART-MOVE research study intends to evaluate ways to reduce inactivity time in people with falls or at risk of one.

This research is seeking volunteers to participate for 6 months.

For more information see https://www.cotasa.org.au/requests/smart-moves-study.aspx

Cold snap health warning

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Winter's here! Locals are warned to “rug up” this winter to help protect themselves against pneumonia and hypothermia.

SA's Health Chief Medical Officer Paddy Phillips said with cold temperatures forecast across the state, it's a timely reminder of the very real and significant health conditions that can strike at this time of the year.

Read more here http://www.naracoorteherald.com.au/story/4767647/cold-snap-health-warning/

Protect your family from scammers this tax time

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The Australian Tax Office (ATO) has seen a five-fold increase in scams in the first five months of this year and they expect that number to increase as we get closer to tax time.

Scam activity tends to build up around the end of the financial year, as people, at times hurriedly and anxiously, gather documentation and prepare their returns. Scammers try to take advantage of the movement of all that sensitive financial and personal information in order to commit fraud and identity theft.

Visit StaySmartOnline for more information and tips on how to keep yourself safe https://www.staysmartonline.gov.au/alert-service/protect-your-family-scammers-tax-time

Ageing Playfully & (Dis)-Gracefully

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When: Friday 28th July
Time: 10am-4pm
Where: Sophia, 225 Cross Road, Cumberland Park 5041
Cost: F$60 C$50 MF$54 MC$45

Ageing can be so much fun & surprisingly liberating, apart from a few aches & pains! Head along and  celebrate the joys of ageing, using InterPlay practices in movement, voice, storytelling & stillness.

For more information and to register contact Sophia on info@sophia.org.au or 08 8373 3781 or visit the website http://www.sophia.org.au/SophiaSpecialEvents.html#july

Double Pass Giveaway & Exclusive Member Offer - Enoch Arden

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What: Enoch Arden presented by Adelaide Festival Centre
When: Saturday 15th July, 1:30pm and 7:30pm
Where: Space Theatre, Adelaide Festival Centre, Adelaide

Thanks to Adelaide Festival Centre we have two double-passes to give away to this performance of Enoch Arden, the great Romantic poet Alfred Lord Tennyson's epic poem Enoch Arden set to music by German composer Richard Strauss.

And what's more we've got an exclusive offer for COTA Members of $30 tickets - the usual price is $69.

For more information, to enter the draw and to get the promo code to book your tickets go to https://www.cotasa.org.au/Enewsletter/enoch-arden-giveaway.aspx

Double Pass Giveaway - Chris McPhee & Mathew Loeser - Musical Footprints

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What: Chris McPhee & Mathew Loeser - Musical Footprints, Songs that made their mark on history
When: Sunday 30th July, 2pm
Where: The Capri Theatre, 141 Goodwood Road, Goodwood SA 5034

Thanks to the Theatre Organ Society Australia (TOSA) & The Capri Theatre at Goodwood we have 10 double passes to give away to this concert. Mathew and Chris will be presenting the music of Vera Lynn and Cole Porter plus selections from Les Miserables and Pinochio and paying homage to the good old days of The Music Hall.

For more information and to enter the draw go to: https://www.cotasa.org.au/Enewsletter/musical-footprints-giveaway.aspx

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