Queensland Seniors 2022 Calendar launched for Seniors Month
ADA Australia – advocates for older Queenslanders - has released a 2022 calendar to celebrate Queensland Seniors Month.
Iconic Queensland landscapes feature in the calendar and it is a reference guide to support and services available to the state’s almost 900,000 older Queenslanders.
At a launch today by the Minister for Seniors Craig Crawford, seniors at the Multilink Community Services Day Centre in Logan were the first to get a copy of the calendar.
“Seniors Month is the state’s largest social inclusion event for older Queenslanders,’’ Mr Crawford said.
“It’s about celebrating the contributions of our seniors, improving community attitudes towards ageing, and encouraging more people to engage with the older people in our communities.
“We want everyone, young and old, to get involved.”
Mr Crawford said he was delighted that organisations such as ADA Australia, Multilink and many others around the state are embracing Seniors celebrations over the month of October.
CEO of ADA Australia Geoff Rowe said that the Seniors Calendar was developed to help inform seniors about where they can go to get support and is part of the service that ADA Australia provides.
“ADA Australia is a not-for-profit independent advocacy and education service. As aged care advocates, we have 30 years’ experience in providing individual advocacy support and information to support and improve the wellbeing of older people,’’ Mr Rowe said.
“We are the Queensland provider under the Older Persons Advocacy Network (OPAN) whose collective vision is of a society where older people are heard, informed and respected, connected to community and where they can enjoy and exercise their rights to live fulfilling lives.
“We hope the calendar also creates the opportunity for conversation amongst friends and families, about important things to consider as we age,” Mr Rowe said.
Mr Crawford also encouraged seniors to check if they are accessing support available to them.
“The Queensland Government is providing $423.1 million in 2021-22 for important concessions and rebates for seniors and other members of the community that includes electricity, utility bills, rates and health-related concessions.
“We know our cards scheme, including the Seniors Card, Senior+go card, Seniors Business Discount Card, Companion card and Carer business discount card, and other concessions and rebates can save seniors thousands of dollars a year to help ease cost of living pressures.
“I encourage everyone to go to http://www.qld.gov.au/seniors to check their eligibility and apply,” Mr Crawford said.
To find out more about Queensland Seniors Month, local events and Queensland Government services, supports and concessions for seniors see http://www.qld.gov.au/seniors.
2 October 2021.