Seniors Week is an opportunity for Queenslanders of all ages to celebrate the valuable contributions of older people. In 2018, we celebrate Queensland Seniors Week from 18–26 August.
Seniors Week aims to connect communities, providing opportunities for people to share and learn new experiences, discover services and support, and assist in reducing social isolation.
Seniors Week aims to:
- improve community attitudes towards older people and ageing
- facilitate community participation and activity by older people, including those from Indigenous and culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds
- enhance community connections and inter-generational relationships.
Queensland Seniors Week is coordinated by the Council on the Ageing (COTA) Queensland, which receives Queensland Government funding to collaboratively plan, and run events and activities. With more than 1.5million Queenslanders over the age of 50 and 718,000 people over the age of 65 Queensland Seniors Week is a major event.
Everybody! Seniors Week helps to build and maintain strong communities by connecting people of all ages through events and activities, discovering programs and services. For some living in rural and remote areas, Seniors week is the one time of year they get to catch up with current and long-lost friends.
For others, Seniors Week is a way to assist in combating social isolation through the discovery of programs and activities, creating new friendships and remaining an active member of society.
What kinds of events are held?
|Walks||Bus trips||Balls and Dances|
|Cinema days||Yoga||Cooking classes|
|IT classes||Cycle tours||Talent quests|
|Coding and robotics||Expos||Classic car days|
|Art classes||Come and try days||Dragon boating|
|Fishing trips||Variety shows and concerts||And so much more!|
Over the years, events and activities have ranged from flash mobs, club open days, expos, sailing and cruises, digital literacy and coding sessions, online talent quests, cinema days, art classes, workshops, cabarets, yoga, Zumba, music revivals and so much more. Register your event here.
Resources and connections
You can find a range of resources including a Media kit with customisable poster, digital resources including Facebook cover, and Twitter header and suggested social media posts to get you started. Use hashtag #qldseniorsweek18. Stay connected and share your Seniors Week adventures on Facebook and Twitter.
The State Library of Queensland invites Queensland public library and Indigenous Knowledge Centre staff to write a Public Libraries Connect blog post about activities happening in their libraries in celebration of Seniors Week in your community.
For more information about Seniors Week, visit the Queensland Seniors Week website.