We are all ageing: what does that mean to you?

COTA: A seminar prompting us to think about what is important as we get older is coming to Bundaberg.
A seminar prompting us to think about what's important as we get older will be held in Bundaberg on Tuesday, 22 October.

Council on the Ageing (COTA) Queensland and Aged and Disability Advocacy (ADA) Australia are hosting a free community seminar on Tuesday, 22 October about ageing and what that means to each of us.

COTA Queensland spokesman Paul Gabbert said the aim of the seminar was to prompt us to think about what is important as we get older.

“How do we live the life that we want to as we age especially if we can no longer care for ourselves,” he said.

“Like many parts of the world Bundaberg has an ageing population.

“By 2036 over 30 per cent of the population will be over 65 and the number of people aged over 85 will more than double.

“In response to this we need to change the way we think about ageing and older people.”

The World Health Organisation has dedicated 2020-2030 as the decade of healthy ageing to bring a focus on the factors that affect the quality of life as we age.

“We will all experience ageing differently and by understanding the influence of the environment we live in, our lifestyle, our social connections to how we age can make a difference on our quality of life,” Paul said.

“It is also important to know what to do if we can no longer care for ourselves. Australia’s aged care system can seem very complex to navigate but it doesn’t have to be.

“A little bit of knowledge can greatly assist getting the support you need when you need it.”

The seminar will be held at the Bundaberg Neighbourhood Centre on Tuesday, 22 October from 9.30am to 11am with morning tea included.

For catering purposes book with the Neighbourhood Centre on 4153 1614.