COTA ACT E-NEWS (November 2018 #2)

If you can't see this e-mail properly, view it online
COTA eNews banner
#2 November 2018
Last days - COTA ACT Christmas appeal
Thank you to everyone who has already donated presents for the COTA ACT Christmas appeal. If you would like to donate a gift please ensure you have dropped it off to our office by Thursday 6 December. 
We have partnered with GIVIT to provide gifts for local children and teenagers.
Taking part is easy:
  • Buy a gift for a child or teenager (either choose your own age group/sex or take a tag off our Christmas tree in the foyer of the Hughes Community Centre)
  • Drop off the unwrapped gift to the COTA ACT office or put it under the tree in the Hughes Community Centre
  • COTA ACT will then deliver the gifts to GIVIT who will take them out to local children.
This year our gifts will go to children and teenagers affected by domestic and family violence. 
Curious about continence?
This week COTA ACT hosted the Continence Foundation of Australia who delivered an informative talk about bladder and bowel health. 
Did you know that more than 5 million Australians experience incontinence?
The Continence Foundation has left us a number of information brochures. If you would like more information to be sent to you about continence and the Continence Aid program please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.with your name and address and we can post them out to you. 

Do you know your senior living options?

LDK is a new provider in the ACT building a community in Tuggeranong.

Join LDK at one of their free retirement living forums with a free 2 course meal at the Town Centre Vikings Club in Tuggeranong.

They are hosting free information sessions (which include a free 2-course meal) which will cover: 

  • What’s happening in the seniors living and aged care industry?
  • What’s happening with Government funding for aged care?
  • What accommodation and care options are available in the seniors living and aged care industry?
  • Who is LDK Healthcare? What is their vision for seniors living and assisting our elderly in their aged care journey? How can they help you and your loved ones?

The final session for 2018 will be on Monday 10 December. To register for one of the seminars , click the link below:


Reminder: free Rotary concert

The Rotary Seniors Concert featuring Sing Australia is on next week - Sunday 9 December. 
The concert is sure to impress with this years theme The Gift of Song
When: Sunday 9 December, 2-4pm (afternoon tea provided)
Where: Albert Hall, Commonwealth Ave, Yarralumla
Bookings: through COTA ACT on 6282 3777. 
Ticket reminder - Kulture Break

COTA ACT is delighted to offer our members and friends with half price tickets to see Kulture Break's end of year stage production Oz World.  

There are two shows - 4pm and 7pm - with tickets available at the door. To get your discounted tickets ($15) just let ticketing staff know you are with COTA. 

Kulture Break is a Canberra based charity youth services provider with a community arts focus. Kulture Break conducts dance classes, mentoring and social skilling programs, tailored workshops, seminars and conferences, motivational talks and performances for schools, government agencies and community organisations across Australia and internationally. 

Are you 65+? Do you like the great outdoors but find it hard to spend time there? Are you a nature lover looking for more opportunities to engage in Canberra’s wonderful natural environments?
Spending in nature is great for body, mind and spirit, but studies show that as we get older we don’t spend nearly enough time engaged in physical movement outdoors.
ACT Health is providing Canberra’s older adults with a chance to design their own outdoor activities in three of Canberra’s great destinations:
  • The National Arboretum
  • Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve
  • Lanyon Homestead
How does this program work?
We want to design outdoor activities in Canberra that interest you and that also suit your health needs.
Together you will create active and engaging activities that will be used by these destination sites for years to come.
What do we need from you?
You will attend 2 x two hour workshops to learn more about the three destination sites and to design an outdoor activity for each of the sites.
The two workshops will be held on:
  • Wednesday 5 December, 2018: National Arboretum
  • Wednesday 6 February, 2019: Canberra Museum and Gallery
We will then turn your ideas into reality!
Over March and April we will take you by bus (our shout!) to each destination so that you can trial your activity on site.
How do I sign up?
We’d love to hear from you. You can register your interest with Dr Cathy Hope, University of Canberra via email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. can also email Cathy if you have any questions about this program.



Have your say - National Action Plan for Heart and Stroke

The Australian Government is working with the Heart Foundation and the Stroke Foundation to develop a National Action Plan for Heart and Stroke (the Action Plan).
The Action Plan will build on existing health care services, and use the best research available to identify and prioritise achievable actions that the Australian Government can implement. 

An Action Plan is vital to reduce the impact of heart disease and stroke on the individual, the community and the health care system, and achieve better outcomes for Australians affected by all types of heart disease or stroke and their families.
Have your say and ensure your views are taken into account. A survey has been developed for you to share your thoughts. 

The survey should take no more than 15 minutes to complete. 

Click here to take the survey:



Play Activation Network (PAN) to support the Silver Sprayers

One of PAN’s greatest projects this year was Streetwise – connecting older adults with two of Canberra’s fantastic street artists to produce three murals at the Woden Bus Interchange.

The participants gained so much from this project that they want to form their own street art ‘gang’ – the Silver Sprayers – complete with silver jacket and stencilled logo. In recognition of the extraordinary success of this project and to see it into 2019 and beyond (with projects already in the wings), PAN will help this group to make their dream come true, and thus support the vision of some of Canberra’s older artists who want to shift their identity into the street art space.  COTA ACT was involved in assisting with the recruitment of the street artists and in the selection of the two very patient graffiti artists who were great teachers.