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Latest News Update from COTA SA, 13/9/2017

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.

Introducing The Plug-in: Influencers of modern ageing

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Following the Premier's launch of SA's Ageing Well industry focused on world class innovation and technologies designed for older people, on 5th September, COTA SA proudly introduced The Plug-in to our members and friends.

The Plug-in is, very literally, a community of older people who are willing to be "plugged in" to research and innovation about services and products targeting older people.

For more information and to get involved visit

Planning Ahead, Taking Control of Your Future

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There's still time to book your spot and we've got a fantastic group of speakers lined up for you. Why not register and take control of your future.

When: Wednesday 20th September, 2017
Time: 10am - 2pm
Where: COTA SA, 16 Hutt Street, Adelaide SA 5000
Cost: Free to members, $10 non-members or join on the day

Have you taken control of your future? September is planning ahead month and planning ahead is all about taking control of your future, making arrangements and ensuring that your choices will be known and acted on. In honour of Planning Ahead month we're delighted to offer this month's Reframing Ageing seminar on the topic of Planning Ahead.

For more information and to register go to

Have Your Say - State Election Survey and Conversations

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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. To have your say, complete our online survey and tell us what matters to you -

In addition we're holding a series of conversations around the state with older people in the pre election period; along with the survey, these conversations will contribute to the development of the COTA SA state election platform. Click here to find out when and where the nearest conversation will be held near you.

Practical Computer Skills Workshops

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We've got one more of our practical computer skills workshops in September - Advanced iPad and iPhone. Plus we'll be running both the Introduction to and Advanced seminars in October and November. Whether you are new to your device or would like to know how to use some of the more advanced features we have you covered.

Sessions are presented by our resident guru, John Travers

For more information and how to book go to

Join 60+ Moments

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60+ Moments is a digital photography project celebrating what gives ZEST to the lives of older people. Submit your own 'selfie' photographic images (or have someone take the photos for you) celebrating what gives your life zest. You can register as a participant, receive image criteria and submit images at

Or if you'd like to attend a fun workshop to learn how to create images for projection with your own mobile phone or iPad/tablet get more information and register at:

Renmark Workshop -
Mount Gambier Workshop -

The Future of Ageing Well

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When: Friday 29th September. 2017
Time: 9:30am - 11.30am
Where: Open State Hub, Victoria Square, Adelaide SA 5000

On behalf of the Economic Development Board of South Australia (‘EDB’), we wish to invite you to attend The Future of Ageing Well – an Open State event focussing solely on the future of ageing well and the exciting products and services that are being created to benefit an ever-growing older population.

For more information and to book your spot go to

The Ageing Well Revolution

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Insights into the Business and Social Opportunities of Modern Ageing

The inaugural Ageing Well Revolution conference will be held on 22-23 November 2017 at the Adelaide Convention Centre.

Australia's ageing demographic presents a major opportunity for our nation to lead in meeting the needs and aspirations of people across the world as they live longer, more active lives.

For more information, the program and to register visit the website

World Suicide Prevention Day - Take a Minute, Change a Life

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World Suicide Prevention Day was this past Sunday the 10th of September, the theme for this year being 'Take a Minute, Change a Life'. It could take just a minute to check in with friends, family, or yourself - and that minute can make all the difference.

Did you know that in Australia, according to recent figures, the suicide rate in men aged 85+ years was a staggering 39.3 per 100,000 people compared with 11.8 deaths per 100,000 in males aged 15-19 years (Australian Bureau of Statistics, 2015). Neither of these are good figures but at a time when more people are living longer, it is very concerning when a high percentage of older people are at risk of suicide.

To read more go to

We're pleased to be hosting an event looking more at this issue in more depth on the 22nd of November with a range of speakers - to learn more and to register go to

Older people warned about shingles risk

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Have you seen the new television campaign?

Older Australians are being warned of their high risk of developing painful shingles, as a survey reveals the over 70s are failing to prioritise their health.

We posted an article on this last year but, with the recent campaign now seems like a good time to repost. For more information go to

Have Your Say: The Future of Housing

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If you live in South Australia, are renting, own a house (or several) TACSI want to hear from you in the form of a short survey. The survey closes this Friday (15th of September) and should take no longer than 10 minutes to complete. If you know of others who might like to give their perspective, please forward this on to them.

To complete the survey go to:

The Healthy Ageing Research Consortium's Registry of Older South Australians (ROSA)

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Seeking Consumer Representatives

The Healthy Ageing Research Consortium housed by the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI), has been funded to establish the Registry of Older South Australians to support healthy ageing in South Australia. The registry will generate a unique data collection with analytic capability to guide evidence-driven decision making for quality, coordinated, efficient and age-friendly services and practices. The governance of the Health Ageing Research consortium will include an Executive committee, a Research Committee and Data Linkage and Analytics committee. Each of the three committees are seeking two consumers. Find more information and the expression of interest form (EOI) here.

To apply, complete the EOI and email it to along with a current CV. The selection process for these positions will include an interview. Please phone Ellen Kerrins on (08) 8231 4169 with any questions.

Membership Benefit Update

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From time to time we receive updates concerning 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.

Changes to Discounts or Benefits:

Barossa Valley Golf Club, Golf Course Road, Nuriootpa 5355, P:08 8562 1589, - Present your Membership Card and pay only $24 Green Fee per person. Valid Sunday thru Friday.

Barrangul Cruises, Oval Road, Morgan 5320, P:0429 978 349, - One complimentary cruise with the payment of a full price cruise. Now cruising on request: Valid Breakfast, Morning Tea, Lunch, Afternoon Tea, Sunset or Dinner. Book a group of 20 or more for a charter and get 10% off the cost of the group booking. Book a group of 40 or more for a charter and get 15% off the cost of the group booking.

Esca Restaurant & Espresso Bar, Shop 13-15 Marina Pier, Holdfast Shores, Glenelg 5045, P:08 8376 6933 - Valid Lunch: Monday thru Sunday. Valid Dinner: Monday thru Friday & Sunday. Save 25% off the total bill up to $30. Not valid functions

La Tombola, 61 Unley Road, Parkside 5063, P:08 8271 6400, - Valid Lunch: Monday thru Friday. Valid Dinner: Monday thru Saturday.  Save 25% off the total bill up to the value of $30. Click on to book. Not valid in conjunction with any other promotional offer.

No longer available

The Bay of Bengal, 1/73 Partridge St, Glenelg South SA 5045, is no longer part of the Ambassador Card scheme.

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