I write from home once again, with the hope that very shortly we will be able to return to our new offices on St Kilda Road. I’m amazed at how quickly we’ve all adapted to the uncertainty that living with COVID-19 brings; how agile we’ve all become. Several events and activities we had planned have been moved quickly online – a change that would have been nearly impossible just over a year ago, but one that’s now just a quick adjustment and off we go.
This is thanks not only to my team at COTA Victoria, but to our community. As we hear about lockdowns both imminent and extended, we all start preparing for the change: pulling out our masks, checking our zoom accounts are still working, and picking up the phone to check on those we love. We do what we can under the circumstances. I do acknowledge that this means many in our community miss out because they’re not online – but we’re working on that too, trying to make sure no-one is left feeling isolated and alone. If you know someone who lives on their own and doesn’t use the internet to connect, please give them a call for a chat and a check-in.
We continue to Celebrate 70 by promoting the positive aspects of being 70 (and older). To mark World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) on 15 June, Seniors Rights Victoria will be asking you to Stir A Cuppa For Seniors. It’s not too late to host your own Stir a Cuppa for Seniors event or to join ours, which has moved online.
Have you noticed that you are now required to sign into all public venues, including supermarkets? Amanda will walk you through the how and why of signing into venues and what to do if your phone doesn’t like a QR code. Lauren reviews the Victorian budget and what’s in it for older Victorians; Roger from OM:NI Pakenham reflects on his younger days; and Mish reminds us about the fabulous Victoria Together exercise videos, available online to help with your lockdown fitness and with exercising the pelvic floor.
Before you read on, grab a cuppa and enjoy what the team have for you.