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Victorian Seniors Festival 2017

You’re Welcome! – Victorian Seniors Festival 2017, 8 –13 October

The Victorian Seniors Festival returns this October for its 35th year, to celebrate the more than a million Victorians over 60 who make such a valuable contribution to our society.

This year’s Festival theme is “You’re Welcome”. Regardless of background, experience or mobility, everyone is encouraged to take part to learn new skills and make new friends in their communities.

Minister for Housing, Disability and Ageing Martin Foley says, “We’re excited to host the Victorian Seniors Festival for its 35th year and celebrate the huge contribution older Victorians make to our community.”

COTA Victoria is celebrating too! Festivities kick off with Celebration Day at Federation Square on Sunday 8 of October 2017. Come and visit COTA in our marquee at Federation Square. We will also be at the Festival Hub in Melbourne Town Hall during the Victorian Seniors Festival from Monday 9 October to Friday 13 October.

More than 1,500 events and activities will be held around the state throughout the month for older Victorians to enjoy with family and friends. COTA Victoria too has a full program of talks during Senior’s Week. Come along get some useful information and meet new friends.

Do you need a program?

You can pick up a free Festival program from Coles supermarkets, local libraries, neighbourhood houses or your local council.  Or, call 1300 135 090 or email to have a program mailed to you.

Looking for what to do do during the Festival?

Use the online Festival Program to find events near you!

COTA – Free Information Sessions Seniors Festival 2017

Held at COTA, 4th floor Block Arcade (access via lift 3), 98 Elizabeth St Melbourne

For further information and to book contact 1300 13 50 90

Bookings can also be made online –






10:00am to 12 noon Wills: what to think about before seeing a lawyer

This topic is the perfect preparation before making your Will. It offers an overview of the legal process and highlights key things to think about. The session ends with a brief Q&A with a lawyer.

  1:30pm to 3:00pm Supports and resources to stay at home

Recent reforms of Aged Care have resulted in significant changes to how services are accessed and delivered. Find out what you need to know.



10:00am to 12 noon Staying Connected Through Technology

Are you curious about Facebook and how people connect through technology? Then this talk is for you! No prior knowledge needed.

  1:30pm to 3:00pm The Age Pension – are you up to date?

You’ve been receiving your aged pension but are you up to date on the latest rules and benefits? Presented by a Centrelink Financial Information Service officer



10:00am to 12 noon Moving Out Moving On!

Older Australians have a range of options for appropriate and affordable housing should they leave the family home. Presentation by Housing for the Aged Action Group.

  1:30pm to 3:00pm Your wellbeing your plan

This session will provide practical information on the benefits of staying well; helping you to identify and achieve the personal goals to maximise better health outcomes.



10:00am to 12 noon The Zen of Decluttering

Mary of Allsorters is an expert in helping people overwhelmed with stuff in their homes to sort them out, identify their treasures and let go of the unnecessary.

  1:30pm to 3:00pm Residential Aged Care – what will it cost you?

To get a realistic understanding of the costs involved come hear from an expert from Centrelink.



10:00am to 12 noon Live Well Die Well

This session will provide information on how palliative care can improve quality of life until the very end of life. This session is for people who are interested in living, dying and grieving well.

  1:30pm to 3:00pm Yes you can have your cake and eat it too!

Nutrition as you get older can be confusing. This session aims to inform, empower and eliminate myths to optimise your nutrition as you age. Presented by Accredited Practising Dietitian, Tori de Lacy

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