In our last COTA Connects for the year, as 2021 draws to a close, we wanted to reflect on the year that has been. I’d like to thank our volunteers who have continued to support us and their communities – we honestly could not do the work we do without you. It has been you that has helped us keep a firm finger on the pulse of local issues and impacts throughout the year.
The end of the year is also a time to look ahead. We’re looking forward to welcoming you into our still new offices in St Kilda Road in February, and we hope 2022 will bring us back together to continue our work face-to-face. In 2022, we’ll be focusing on older jobseekers and helping them return to paid work. At the same time, we’ll be encouraging older people to return to their communities and group activities, especially their exercise classes. Older people have told us they need to live and age well in the years to come, and we’ve documented that in our prebudget submission, ‘Investing in older Victorians’.
Do you have a loved one in residential aged care? The Victorian Government is currently reviewing the residential aged care visitation guidelines. These helpful guidelines will tell you how you can safely spend time with your loved ones over the festive period. We’ll have them on our website as soon as they’re released, so keep an eye out.
However you celebrate the end of the year in your family and community, I wish you and yours well and a season of abundant happiness and joy. Keep safe and see you next year.