QLD Senior’s Week 20170
Seniors Week is an opportunity for Queenslanders of all ages to join together and celebrate the valuable contributions of older people. In 2017, Seniors Week will be celebrated from 19-27 August.
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. Seniors Week is coordinated by the Council on the Ageing (COTA) Queensland, which receives Queensland Government funding to collaboratively plan, run and provide subsidies of $100,000 in total to organisations across Queensland for Seniors Week events and activities. How it all started COTA Queensland initiated the first Queensland Seniors Week in 1960.
Back then it was called Old People’s Week and COTA was known as the Old People’s Welfare Council. The language has since changed, however the values and importance of this week have remained the same. In the 80s and 90s we maintained a coordination role, and following a period of State Government coordination, COTA returned to coordinating the Week in 2013.
From 40 events in 2012 to 862 events in 2016, Seniors Week continues to go from strength to strength and is a major annual event.