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Latest News Update from COTA SA, 9/11/2017

Welcome to our latest newsletter, If you have any suggestions for what you'd like us to feature in future newsletters send us an email.

New Blog Post - 3 Ways to Maintain an Active Lifestyle

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We all want to maintain an active lifestyle as we get older. Part of an active lifestyle means being able to get out there to experience one of nature's treasures, spring time in the gardens.

In this week's blog post, COTA SA organisational member Homecare Equipment Services shares 3 important factors that can help us maintain an active lifestyle as we grow older. That's in addition to eating well and looking after ourselves.

To read the whole blog visit

Get Involved With These Two Great Plug-in Projects

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Help to Design: New Health and Wellness Precinct

ACH Group, a not for profit organisation delivering aged care services to South Australians, is developing a new health and wellness precinct next to the Lyell McEwin Hospital in northern Adelaide. The new precinct will provide opportunities to keep older people healthy, active and connected as they age.

We are looking for older people, or younger people with a disability, who live in the Northern suburbs of Adelaide, who would like to be involved in shaping the precinct, and the programs and services that are offered.

For more information and to register your interest visit

Quality and Safety in Aged Care

COTA Australia (COTA A) has been a leading proponent of the need for consumers to have easily understood information about the quality of aged care services prior to selecting their aged care provider.

On 1 January 2016, the National Aged Care Quality Indicator Program (QI Program) was launched nationally providing residential aged care service providers an opportunity to voluntarily become part of the program. The three voluntary indicators that currently exist to help consumers choose an aged care provider focus on clinical areas of pressure injuries, use of physical restraint and unplanned weight loss.

This project seeks to engage current program users, consumers, care recipients and representatives to understand what is important and inform the further development of quality indicators that will support consumers with making decisions about their aged care.

We are currently looking for people who are receiving aged care services, or who are about to commence using aged care services, and carers to be involved in this project. We will be holding a series of workshops and focus groups during November and December. If you are interested in being involved, please contact us at The Plug-in at or 08 8224 5582.

You're Invited: Take a Minute, Change a Life

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This is the last of our Reframing Ageing Seminars for 2017, we hope you'll come along

Take a minute to learn more about older people's mental health - it could make all the difference to you or someone you care about.

When: Wednesday 22nd November, 2017
Time: 10am - 12noon
Where: COTA SA, 16 Hutt Street, Adelaide SA 5000
Cost: Free

Taking a minute can make all the difference to someone you care about - or to yourself. COTA SA is pleased to be hosting this event to raise awareness of the issues around suicide and older people's mental health; we've got a great range of speakers and we hope you'll join us to learn more.

For more information and to register go to

November Practical Computer Skills Workshops

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We've got two more of our practical computer skills workshops, both the Introduction to and Advanced seminars, this month!

If you're new to your device there's still time to join us tomorrow for the Introduction to IPad session - or if you'd like to know how to use some of the more advanced features we have you covered with Advanced IPad and IPhone on the 16th.

Sessions are presented by our resident guru, John Travers

For more information and how to book go to:
Introduction to IPad -
Advanced iPad and IPhone -

Have Your Say - Join the State Election Conversation

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South Australia has a state election on Saturday March 17 - 2018 and COTA SA would very much like to hear your views. 

We've been holding a series of conversations around the state with older people in the pre election period. These conversations will contribute to the development of the COTA SA state election platform. There are two conversations left so you still have a chance to come along and have your say either at Rostrevor or Salisbury.

If you can't attend a conversation but still want to have your say please complete our online survey and tell us what matters to you -

Get Involved: Mindset for Life

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What: Mindset for Life
Tuesday the 14th and Tuesday the 21st of November
Greenacres Library, 2 Fosters Road, Greenacres

We are developing, and want to test a two session program to give people the time and the tools to reflect and work out where they are on their ‘retirement' journey and transition to what's next for them. This will provide an opportunity to then identify together what knowledge, skills and learning they might need to get there, and where to find it.

For more information and to register go to

Congratulations to 2018 SA Senior Australian of the Year – Barbara Spriggs

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Barbara lifted the lid on the abuse of residents at Adelaide's Oakden Aged Care home and continues to be a passionate campaigner for treatment of aged care patients. She blew the whistle on a story of systematic abuse and neglect after uncovering her own husband Bob's experience at the facility.

If you'd like to listen to this amazing woman being interviewed on the ABC go to,-2018/9102792

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HCA Consumer forum on the SA Health Community Power Dependency Project

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HCA is hosting a consumer forum to discuss the SA Health Community Power Dependency Project. Following the state-wide power outage in September 2016, SA Health has developed an emergency plan to manage the impacts of an extended power outage.

Forum participants will have the opportunity to:

-Review the proposed Power Dependency Strategy and associated messaging to inform the development of a Communications Plan, and support processes for potentially vulnerable people and their carers and/or families
-identify what consumers should do to prepare for and manage an outage.

When: Wednesday 15th November, 1-3pm
Where: Level 1/12 Pirie Street, Adelaide SA 5000

Register to attend at or by phone 8231 4169, or email

Membership Benefit Update

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From time to time we receive updates concerning new participants and participants that are no longer part of the Ambassador Card program. We will endeavour to bring you any changes as soon as we are aware.

Before using your member card we recommend you check at for the most up-to-date information on whether the discounts are still available.

For the list of new, altered and no longer available benefits this month go to:

Breathe - Complimentary Film Preview Tickets

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What: One of two special advance preview screenings of BREATHE
When and Where:
Monday 27th November, 6:30pm at The Regal Theatre, 275 Kensington Road, Kensington Park
When and Where: Wednesday 29th November, 6:30pm at Piccadilly Wallis Cinemas, 181 O'Connell Street, North Adelaide SA 5006 (Corner O'Connell Street and Childers Street)

Transmission Films invites you and a guest to a special advance preview of BREATHE, based on the true story of pioneering British disability advocate Robin Cavendish who, after being paralysed by polio was given only months to live but went on to lead a long and fulfilled life.

For more information and to get your tickets go to

Double Pass Giveaway: Nathan Avakian - Old Meets New or Fresh Start

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What: Nathan Avakian -  Old Meets New or Fresh Start
When: Sunday 19th November, 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. Nathan has provided theatre organ entertainment across the United States and internationally, now's your chance to hear him play.

For more information and to enter the draw go to

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