It seems that a week is a long time during the COVID-19 pandemic in Victoria. When I began writing this in the first week of July, restrictions were starting to ease and I was full of hope. Now, as I write, we’re about to head back into Stage 3 Stay at Home restrictions. Through it all, the COTA Victoria team is still here promoting opportunities and protecting the rights of older Victorians, which is just as important as ever.
There are several phone lines dedicated to older people. Our own Seniors Information Line (1300 13 50 90) can help if you have any questions or concerns. There’s also the Seniors Rights Victoria helpline (1300 36 88 21) if you or someone you know is experiencing elder abuse. And for pandemic questions, the national Older Persons COVID-19 Support Line is on 1800 17 18 66.
We remind our community of the need to keep being cautious: keep your distance when you’re out and about; wash your hands with soap and warm water as often as you can; and if you’re feeling unwell, stay at home and contact your doctor. It’s safe for to go to your medical appointments and it’s important that you do so. But if you have concerns about attending in person, please contact your doctor or specialist to discuss it with them – there may be alternatives.
COTA Victoria is a not-for-profit that relies on government funding, philanthropic grants, member fees and donations in order to continue our nearly 70 years work leading government, corporate and community thinking about the positive aspects of ageing. You can support our work by becoming a COTA Victoria member. I’d like to take this opportunity to thank our many members and friends for generously donating much-needed funds in the last financial year.