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Latest News Update from COTA SA, 19/7/2017

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 - World Elder Abuse Awareness Day 2017 Conference

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Guest blogger Martin Lewis attended this year's World Elder Abuse Awareness Day Conference presented by ARAS. Read Martin's excellent summary of the event.

Martin's final words from the conference are don't be silent on the matter of Elder Abuse. Lobby your Parliamentarians to ensure legislative action is taken. Contact Nat Cook for details and contact the Minister of Health, and support ARAS in its endeavours. In addition, support Ms Noleen Hausler in her campaign to allow families to install monitoring equipment in bedrooms of nursing homes as a safeguard for their loved ones.


ZestFest Community Event Registrations Closing Soon

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Community organisation are invited to offer an event or activity as part of ZestFest. The closing date for Registration forms is Monday 31st of July. There is a small charge associated with registering an event to help offset the cost of printing the program and promotion.

Eligible events:

fall within the ZestFest date range, 7th - 27th of October
be an activity, opportunity or offering celebrates modern ageing; appeals to the target market; or explores issues, new ideas and furthers thinking about ageing
must have current public liability insurance

See the ZestFest website for information and to download the event registration form.


July edition of Evolve magazine is now out

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The July edition of eVolve is available online and for download at https://www.cotasa.org.au/eVolve/default.aspx

  • ZestFest and SALA - what's coming up?
  • Switching to the NBN - find out about switching
  • COTA Conversations - have your say

Program Ideas For Clubs - Last Chance To Purchase

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Looking for Guest Speakers or places to go for your club!

We currently have a number of our Program Ideas Book for Clubs on sale for $8.00. Less than half price.

Contact reception on (08) 8232 0422 for details.

This will be the last printed version available. Future versions will only be available online.


In Their Own Words: World War I Letters & Diaries

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Throughout August the State Library are presenting "In Their Own Words: World War I Letters & Diaries"

Uncover the humor, hardship, love and memories of men and women enmeshed in World War I through the writings of those in the trenches and at home.

You will have the opportunity to see some original materials close up. Program includes a 30 minute walking tour of our heritage buildings and a chance to view our current exhibitions.

For more information see https://www.cotasa.org.au/Enewsletter/in-their-own-words.aspx


Beware high risk, no reward investment scams

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The ACCC is warning the community to watch out for investment scammers who promise the world but leave their victims with broken dreams and empty bank accounts.

The scams typically start with a phone call out of the blue. The scammers are sophisticated, convincing and persistent, which is why we sadly see people lose large amounts of money to them. They are also delivered through unsolicited emails, online forums and social media.

Scammers use high pressure tactics to sell you a financial opportunity that is ‘not to be missed', involves high and quick returns for low risks, and needs to be acted on quickly or you will miss out.

Men are almost twice as likely to be targeted by investment scams and lose significantly more money than women. People aged 45 to 64 most commonly fall victim.

For more information on how to avoid scams read the Scamwatch article.


Nominate now for the 2017 National Disability Awards

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Do you know someone who is bringing about a change for people with disability?

A nomination for a National Disability Award is a great way to honour individuals and organisations that raise awareness of disability issues within our community.

Help us celebrate those Australians who work tirelessly to reduce social discrimination and uphold the rights of people with disability.

For more information see https://www.cotasa.org.au/news/NewsList/2017/national-disability-awards.aspx

Nominations for the National Disability Awards close at 11.59pm AEST on 6 August 2017.


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 to check at http://cota.ambassadorcard.com.au/ as to whether the discounts are still available.

The Pavilion Restaurant at Mount Gambier is no longer part of the Ambassador Card program and so won't be offering the discount which was previously available with your membership card. The Black Wattle Cafe in Unley Park has now closed.

Also any hotels lists under Silverneedle now belong to the Next Hotels group. Their new booking number is 1300 346 835 and website address is www.nexthotels.com.


Science for seniors

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As part of Science Week in August the Holdfast Bay Community Centre are presenting a series of engaging science seminars for seniors.

Hear from some of South Australia's brightest young scientists on an exciting range of topics including: benefits of keeping active, dementia, links between diet, gut microbes & disease, and use of indigenous plants to develop new cancer drugs.

For more information and how to book see https://www.cotasa.org.au/Enewsletter/science-for-seniors.aspx


Nominations for the 2018 Australian of the Year Awards are now open.

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Nominations for the 2018 Australian of the Year Awards are now open. You can be one of our greatest Australians by giving our nation's best the recognition they deserve.

They could be quiet achievers, community members, household names or unknown heroes. The Awards recognise people from all walks of life, so you never know who the next Australian of the Year might be.

Your nominee could be recognised in one of our four categories:

  • Australian of the Year
  • Senior Australian of the Year (65 years and over)
  • Young Australian of the Year (16 to 30 years) 
  • Australia's Local Hero.

Nominating someone and highlighting the work they do can mean the world to a person and it's easy to do. Just tell us who they are, what they've achieved and why you'd like to see them recognised. You can nominate online here.

Nominations for the 2018 Awards close soon, so make sure you get yours in by midnight on Sunday 6 August 2017.

Nominations can be made online at https://www.australianoftheyear.org.au/nominate/


Green Gym - Exercise To Make A Difference

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Imagine an outdoor activity where you are able to work on your own health and fitness, while helping transform and restore local parklands for the whole community to enjoy.

Green Gym is a fun and free outdoor program that is designed to suit varying fitness levels and abilities. Afer a general warm-up your experienced CVA Team Leader will guide you throught some practical conservation activities, while you also enjoy the fresh air and the company of like-minded people.

Sessions commence in the Adelaide Parklands from the 2nd August 2017.

For more information see https://www.cotasa.org.au/Enewsletter/green-gym-exercise-to-make-a-difference.aspx


Double Pass Giveaway - Nostalgia Movie Night

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What: All aboard on the Nostalgia Express for a double dose of classic British humour from the Iconic Ealing Studios
When: Friday 4th August, 6.40pm
Where: The Capri Theatre, 141 Goodwood Road, Goodwood SA 5034

Thanks to the The Capri Theatre at Goodwood we have 10 double passes to give away.

"The Titfield Thunderbolt" (G) is about a group of Villagers trying to keep their train line operating after British Railways decided to close it.

Starring a brilliant cast including: Stanley Holloway, John Gregson, Hugh Griffith and Sid James, it was the first UK comedy shot in Technicolor.

The screenplay for the Ladykillers (PG) was nominated for an Academy Award and won the BAFTA for Best British Screenplay. The plot revolves around five diverse oddball criminal types planning a bank robbery who rent rooms on a cul-de-sac from an octogenarian widow under the pretext that they are classical musicians. It features an all-star British cast including, Alec Guinness, Peter Sellers, Herbert Lom, Kate johnson, Frankie Howerd, Cecil Parker and Kenneth Connor.

For more information and to enter the draw go to: https://www.cotasa.org.au/Enewsletter/nostalgia-movie-night.aspx

Winners will be drawn at random from all entries received by close of business on Tuesday July 25th.


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