We welcome the opportunity to again work with the Queensland Government and the hundreds of organisations around the State during Queensland Seniors Week to celebrate the contributions of older people.
This year’s Seniors Week, 18-26 August, will enable older Queenslanders to engage with each other through a wide range of events and forums whilst learning about other activities for older people that happen throughout the year.
Whilst Seniors Week is a recognition of the importance of older people within our community it aims to involve people of all ages to work together to create age-friendly communities.
There are now 1.5million Queenslanders over the age of 50 years and we are defying the images of what life is like in our 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s and beyond.
Over 800 events will be held across Queensland over the 9 days and we are especially thrilled to be working in partnership with the Queensland Ballet and the Queensland Department of Communities, Disability Services and Seniors to stage the Ballet for Seniors class with Li Cunxin on Sunday 26 August. This is a once in a lifetime event to dance with Mao’s Last Dancer.
Seniors Week is a great opportunity to bring together to challenge the sterotypes of ageing. I urge you to join in the celebrations.
Chief Executive, COTA Queensland