Age is no barrier
Thousands of Queenslanders over the age of 65 are celebrating Seniors Week this August.
The more than 741,000 seniors living in Queensland have a wealth of knowledge and experience to share with the younger generations in their community.
Unfortunately, many Queenslanders over the age of 65 who retire can become isolated from their colleagues, family and friends, which can impact their overall wellbeing.
Council on the Ageing (COTA) Queensland coordinates Queensland Seniors Week on behalf of the Queensland Government, bringing people together to ‘Celebrate a Queensland for all Ages’ through a variety of events and activities across the state.
The week provides opportunities to promote positive community attitudes towards older people and ageing, facilitate community participation and enhance community connections.
It’s about connecting people of all ages and backgrounds, challenging the stereotypes associated with ageing and assisting to reduce social isolation.
This year, Queensland Seniors Week will run from 17-25 August and will be the biggest celebration yet with $100,000 provided by the State Government to subsidise 108 events and activities.
Queensland Seniors Week Coordinator (COTA) Lisa Hodgkinson said ageing shouldn’t be seen as a stigma or a burden, but as an achievement.
“We will all age differently, so we need to challenge the perception of ageing and the ageing process. That’s why Queensland Seniors Week is so important,” Ms Hodkinson said.
“It provides an opportunity to breakdown stereotypes by connecting people of all ages and backgrounds. At the end of the day we are all people, some with more lived experience than others.”
“Seniors Week events are as diverse as the people attending them. During the week hundreds of event organisers will host events and activities providing opportunities for people to learn and share in new experiences, discover programs and services which support a range of needs including reducing social isolation.”
Seniors Week will include mayoral morning teas, IT classes, ‘come and try’ days, yoga, walks and bike rides, whale watching, fitness classes, expos, concerts and dances, movies, choir performances, trivia, cultural events and more.
This year’s signature event is the Centenarian Portrait Project by Teenagers which is a unique arts initiative that provides a platform to develop intergenerational friendships, connections and understanding.
The exhibition, now in its third instalment, profiles 100 centenarians from across Brisbane, the Sunshine Coast and Gold Coast through portraits created by 100 skilled young artists. For most artists it’s an opportunity to meet a centenarian for the first time; for the centenarians a chance to share history and, for both generations, a memorable experience exchanging perspectives.
The exhibition will be open to the public 17 August - 1 September, 11am-5pm daily at the Seven Hills Hub.
Did you know: Seniors Week is held at various times throughout the state and territories with varied themes, making Seniors Week in Queensland unique to Queenslanders.