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COTA SA Newsletter,17 January 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.

Welcome to 2018

Jane Mussared    

Welcome to 2018, and congratulations to those of you who made new year resolutions to learn or do something new. Your resolution just might be wavering given it is now about a fortnight old! I read somewhere that new habits take at least 6 weeks so stay at it...

At COTA SA, we are very ambitious for 2018. Our main current focus is putting the finishing touches on the Tell Us What Matters platform in time for the State Election on March 17th.

The Board is also developing a new Strategic Plan with priorities on continuing to build our reach, our viability and our impact. The COTA SA Policy Council will set its priorities at its first meeting in March - employment, housing, preventing isolation and health services that work continue to be major areas in our surveying but road safety and staying mobile is also emerging as a priority.

The Plug-in is going from strength to strength as a movement that enables older people to be influential in shaping modern ageing.

ZestFest will offer its second year of community and arts events in partnership with local communities and some our states best cultural institutions and festivals. It aims to rewrite our ageing - let's use it and love it.

It's great to have you on board - we look forward to staying in touch!

Jane Mussared, CE

COTA SA's response to the Safeguarding The Rights Of Older South Australians Discussion Paper 2017

There remain considerable shortcomings in the adequacy of the system to protect older people from abuse - including in the breadth and effectiveness of prevention strategies, in the legal protection and redress available for older people who are vulnerable, in what could be achieved in cooperation with other jurisdictions to achieve a national framework and plan, and in the services that older people should be able to access to stop abuse.

COTA SA welcomes the Discussion Paper as the next step in understanding,reviewing and improving our community's responses to older people who experience abuse but notes that the next stage of reforms to tackle elder abuse are both substantial and urgent.

Read COTA SA's full response.

Free informative and interactive information sessions

COTA SA volunteers are available to visit your group to facilitate informative and interactive information sessions on topics of interest to you.

The following topics are available:

Moving Right Along Obligations and opportunities for older drivers;
Session 1 Older Drivers, Safer vehicles, fitness to drive and assessments
Session 2 Travel options and retiring from driving
Session 3 Motorised Mobility Scooters

Maximising My Independence
Aged Care Reforms, The Commonwealth Home Support Programme, My Aged Care.

Book a free session for your seniors group at your venue at a time that suits you.

Contact our volunteer bookings officers on 8232 0422 or country free call 1800 182 324, email, book online, or post a booking form to us.

Membership Benefit Update

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.

New and Changes to Discounts or Benefits:

Bushido Martial Arts (change)
New phone number: 0409 677 092

Marion Bay Holiday Villas (change)
10% rebate on the best available rate of the day.

Megan Pilkington - Makeup (change)
Mention your Membership Card at time of booking to receive 20% rebate on all services at the Flagstaff Hill Studio.

Exquisite Indian (change)
Save 25% off the total bill up to the value of $25.
Valid Dinner: Sunday thru Friday.

Murray Bridge Golf Club (change)
Fairways Bistro: Valid Dinner: Friday night only. Save 25% off the total bill up to the value of $25. Not valid with any other special offer.

No longer available:

Supergym - Closed
Apres Photography
Die Barossa Wurst Haus and Bakery
Franklin Central
Limani Model, Naracorte
Wallis Cinemas

Seniors Card discount directory - Your Lifestyle Guide    

The Seniors Card Discount Directory Your Lifestyle Guide is produced by the Government of South Australia and lists businesses that offer discounts to South Australian Seniors Card members.

The directory is updated annually and is available to all Seniors Card members.

Your Lifestyle Guide is available to browse and search online.

Alternatively you can pick up your copy of Your Lifestyle Guide from over 400 locations around metropolitan Adelaide and regional South Australia.

The guide is also available from reception at the COTA SA office. Please note we are unable to post copies of the guide out to you.

Forget Me Not - arts program for people with dementia

The City of Unley is coordinating a special 6 week intergenerational arts program for people with dementia and their carers. Join skilled artists and Unley Primary School students to create, make and share stories together.

Commencing 22nd Feb, the program is free, open to residents from all areas and requires no referral or assessment.

Contact Unley Council on 8273 8726 /

Discover Citizen Science

Free workshops in January and February around Adelaide and South Australia for people aged over 50 

In these workshops, Dr Philip Roetman will introduce you to citizen science and a variety of projects. Some projects will include outdoor activities, while others can easily be done indoors. Some projects won't take long, while others are longer-term. Some projects can be done alone, while others are better with groups or grandchildren! Philip will show you how to find projects and demonstrate a few of his favourites. Come along and learn how to fold proteins for biomedical research. Come along to help track the changes in the ranges of plants and animals. Come along to learn how to build your own wildlife catalogue, for your home or for a park. Come along to learn how to record and identify frog calls. Come along to become a citizen scientist!

Find out more about the Citizen Science Workshops

FILM STARS DON’T DIE IN LIVERPOOL - Complimentary Film Preview Tickets

Transmission Films invite you to a special advance preview of FILM STARS DON'T DIE IN LIVERPOOL at The Regal Theatre on Monday 5th February and Piccadilly Cinemas on Tuesday 6th February at 6.30pm.

For more info and to download tickets:

Based on Peter Turner's memoir, the film follows the playful but passionate relationship between Turner (Jamie Bell) and the eccentric Academy Award®-winning actress Gloria Grahame (Annette Bening) in 1978 Liverpool. What starts as a vibrant affair between a legendary femme fatale and her young lover quickly grows into a deeper relationship, with Turner being the person Gloria turns to for comfort. Their passion and lust for life is tested to the limits by events beyond their control.

FILM STARS DON'T DIE IN LIVERPOOL is released nationally on March 1
Check out the trailer:

Captioned Screenings At The Capri in January

The Capri has two great captioned screenings coming up this January

Nut Job 2


Sunday 21st January
Screening at 11.50am

Following the events of the first film, Surly and his friends must stop Oakton City's mayor from destroying their home to make way for a dysfunctional amusement park.


Sunday 28th January
Screening at 4.15pm

A cover-up that spanned four U.S. Presidents pushed the country's first female newspaper publisher and a hard-driving editor to join an unprecedented battle between journalist and government.

Inspired by true events.

Starring Meryl Streep & Tom Hanks

The Post

Book online or at the Box Office

T: 8272 1177
141 Goodwood Road, Goodwood SA 5063

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