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COTA SA Newsletter, 14 February 2018

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.

Have your say at COTA SA’s State Election forums

Do you have a question or concern you want to put to South Australia's decision-makers ahead of polling day on March 17th?

COTA SA is holding three public forums on ageing in the lead-up to the State Election to enable you to have your say on issues affecting older South Australians, including housing, employment, healthcare, cost of living and other social and environmental issues.

Leaders Forum on Ageing

With Premier Jay Weatherill, Leader of the Opposition Steven Marshall and Leader of SA Best Nick Xenophon (subject to availability)

Wednesday 7th March 2018
10am to 11:30am
COTA SA Boardrooms
16 Hutt Street

Metropolitan Forums on Ageing

We have chosen two marginal metropolitan electorates to hold two other forums, and we will invite the candidates in those electorates to provide a run-down of their policies and plans for older South Australians should they be elected on March 17.

Each candidate will also be asked to respond to COTA SA's State Election Platform, which provides 25 key recommendations to promote the lives of older South Australians.

Electorate of Wright

Includes suburbs of Salisbury East, parts of Golden Grove, Greenwith, Gulfview Heights and Wynn Vale

Tuesday 6th March 2018
1pm to 3pm
Jubilee Community Centre Main Hall
7-13 Jubilee Way

Electorate of Hurtle Vale

Includes Old Reynella, Reynella East, Woodcroft and parts of Happy Valley and Morphett Vale

Friday 9th March 2018
1pm to 3pm
Woodcroft-Morphett Vale Neighbourhood Centre
175 Bains Road, Morphett Vale

RSVPs are essential and places are filling fast, so please call COTA SA Reception on 8232 0422 or email lrogers@cotasa.org.au to book your place. If you would like to submit a question in advance, you can also do this when you RSVP.

Obligations and opportunities for older drivers

  • Are you an older driver?
  • Considering retiring from driving?
  • Considering a motorised mobility scooter?

Come and visit us at COTA SA for an information session about the obligations and opportunities for older drivers.

When: 28th March
Time: 10am - 12.30pm
Where: COTA SA, 16 Hutt Street, Adelaide SA 500

Cost: FREE. Includes morning tea and information pack.

  • COTA SA volunteer educators will talk about continuing to drive safely, your health and your car and the various assessments used to measure your fitness to drive.

  • Retiring from driving can be a difficult decision and is sometimes one taken out of your hands by a health professional. Discuss the different ways of continuing to get around and maintaining your independence.

  • Motorised mobility scooters may be of interest to you as an alternative to walking. Come along and learn about the applicable road rules, what to look for when buying and how to use a scooter safely.

This session is free, and will cover all three topics.

Please book on 8232 0422 or lrogers@cotasa.org.au

Sessions can also be held at your venue for your seniors group free of charge anywhere in South Australia. Book online or contact bookings@cotasa.org.au or 8232 0422.

Moving Right Along is a resource developed by the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure and is being delivered by COTA SA.

Strength For Life Launches A New Tier 1 Partner

Strength For Life (SFL) is excited to announce that the latest site to become a partner with COTA to deliver strength and balance programs is My Local Physio Plus at Golden Grove.

This is the first organisation to offer SFL in the Golden Grove area and we think it will be really popular. One of the physios and or exercise physiologist will do the initial assessment and write the program to cater for each client. If the client has musculoskeletal injuries the assessment will be an opportunity to identify any issues that would be best dealt with individually, before going into SFL sessions.

As this is a Tier 1 site, Health Fund rebates may be payable, initially for the assessment and for some sessions as well.

With a low cost of only $7 per session this is a great opportunity to attend a local facility to improve not only your strength but also your balance.

If you would like more information phone COTA on 8232 0422 or My Local Physio Plus on 7325 6600, or call into the facility at The Stables Shopping Centre, Golden Grove Road.

Membership Benefit Update - January 2018

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 http://cota.ambassadorcard.com.au/ for the most up-to-date information on whether the discounts are still available.

View the latest changes to your membership benefits.

Technology for Ageing and Disability SA (TADSA) turns 40

Older people don't necessarily see themselves as disabled - just getting older. They put up with being unable to do day to day activities or work around their issues - not always successfully. Having the right device or equipment to assist can make all the difference, giving the person more independence, staying connected to family, friends and the community, and even being able to stay in their own homes and not go into care.

A unique South Australian charity has been making life easier for people living with disability and the aged for 40 years.

Technology for Ageing and Disability SA (formerly Technical Aid to the Disabled SA) or TADSA began its service in 1978. Over those 40 years, hundreds of volunteers have designed and built or modified thousands of devices that are not commercially available to improve the quality of life of clients.

Read the full story at https://www.cotasa.org.au/blog/2018/tadsa-turns-40.aspx

Put Your Vote Where Your Voice Is

We all have an opinion on what South Australia needs for the future, and the State Election is your opportunity to make your opinion heard.

The State Election will be held on Saturday 17 March 2018. It is compulsory to vote and keep your details up to date on the electoral roll.

You must make sure your enrolment is up to date by 12 noon Friday 23 February 2018

If you have recently moved address or changed your name, the easiest way to update your details is on our website at www.ecsa.sa.gov.au. If you don't have access to the internet, you can pick up a paper form at any Australia Post Outlet or call us on 1300 655 232 and we can send one to you.

The Electoral Commission SA can offer alternate voting services if you find it difficult to go to a polling booth on polling day. Visit https://www.cotasa.org.au/blog/2018/ecsa-supporting-older-australians-to-vote.aspx or call the Electoral Commission SA if you would like more information on what options are available.

Your opinion deserves to be heard, so be sure to have your say about the future of our state.

SA Election 2018

FECCA invites you to participate in the Aged Care Diversity Framework CALD Action Plan Consultation

On December 6 the Minister for Aged Care and Minister for Indigenous Health The Hon Ken Wyatt AM, MP launched Australia's Aged Care Diversity Framework. The framework represents an important step towards a more inclusive future for aged care services.

The Diversity Framework seeks to embed diversity in design and delivery of aged care and support actions to address perceived or actual barriers to consumers accessing equitable and quality aged care, while enabling consumers and carers to be partners in this process.

In an effort to enable consumers and carers participate in the aged care design process, FECCA has been conducting consultations with wide groups of stakeholders from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) backgrounds.

Have your say

The survey is available in a number of languages and can be completed online or hardcopy.

The survey closes 15 March 2018

Power Lines: Words At Work

You are never to old to perform at the Fringe!

John R. Sabine is into his third career: first a scientist and academic, then a business consultant/entrepreneur and now a "Scholar-at-Large" (thinker, writer, speaker, actor). His acting activities include stage, film and television work - and especially in his stage persona, "Old Jack: the Aussie Gleeman" (purveyor of tall tales, short stories and pithy poetry).

Join Old Jack, the Aussie Gleeman, for your renewable energy - high voltage, low emissions, clean and efficient, ample storage, no blackouts (we all hope). While you explore with him the right word for the right occasion - give me your word, word for word, word of mouth, a play on words, the tyranny of words, your favourite four-letter word, even the word of god and many more - experience the power of his stories, old and new, from far and wide, in poetry and prose - tales to delight, entertain, enlighten and energize you. For remember always, a word in the head is worth two in the book.

Or, as Sir Lancelot might have said - "I've never lost in contest or game, I'm simply the best by far, When words are tossed, 'tis always the same, one verse and au revoir."

Book tickets for Old Jack's show - Power Lines: Words At Work.

Adelaide Fringe Giveaways

Thanks to Neil Ward Publicity we have some great giveaways to several shows at this year's Fringe.

We have double passes for:

Shell Shock - A darkly comic tale of an ex-army medic who does NOT have Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Adapted from the Neil Watkin's deeply personal novel, it portrays a moving and poignant struggle with life back on Civvy Street after tours in Iraq and Afghanistan where emotionally charged scenes are fused with light-hearted observations of everyday life - a trip to Ikea, a seemingly mundane post office queue, relationships and family.

Between The Crosses - WW1 veteran Edgar Huggins was the last surviving member of the Durham Light Infantry. His accounts of the battles at Ypres and the Somme weren't heroic but they were searingly honest and shocking but like so many of his generation, in the interest of national security or to spare his loved ones, he held his tongue. But at what cost?

Borders by Henry Naylor - The Mediterranean, 2017, rough seas. An ageing fishing boat is sinking fast, under the weight of refugees. As it dips lower in the water, one young Syrian is panicking. She can't swim. And she's six months pregnant...

6 Quick Dick Tricks (Dirk Darrow Investigates) - A mind-blowing mentalist collides with thrilling danger in this ALL NEW film-noir murder mystery adventure. Unbelievable magic tricks to delight the senses and rapid-fire comedy to fracture the funny bone, this hilarious psychic detective with the winning smile puts on a killer show... literally.

For more details and how to enter go to https://www.cotasa.org.au/Enewsletter/2018-adelaide-frindge-giveaways.aspx

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