It’s not quite ‘welcome back Victoria’, but we’re getting there. There’s a light at the end of the tunnel. I was really pleased to learn that the Victorian Government’s roadmap to reopening allows for ‘social bubbles’, meaning that Melburnians living alone can now choose one other person to visit with at home. This is an idea that COTA Victoria advocated for when we were consulted about what the roadmap should include. Many older people live alone, with some in severe lockdown – not seeing family or friends – since March. For this isolated group, social bubbles are a crucial step. If you need help understanding how to set up your ‘bubble’, please call our Seniors Information Line on 1300 13 50 90.
The COTA Victoria team are still here promoting opportunities and protecting the rights of older Victorians. Our newsletter today showcases how we have reinvented our many activities. Just because we can’t meet in person doesn’t mean we can’t continue meeting. Physical activity and exercise are important, and the benefits of exercise for both physical and mental health have been proven. The great news is that our Strength for Life program has moved online. You can now attend a class from the comfort of your own home.
In August, Seniors Rights Victoria released Seven Years of Elder Abuse Data in Victoria, an important report that will help inform future work to prevent elder abuse. To quote the Minister for Prevention of Family Violence, Women and Aboriginal Affairs, the Hon. Gabrielle Williams, ‘It’s only by committing to a better understanding of elder abuse that we will achieve change.’ If you or someone you know is experiencing elder abuse, please call the Seniors Rights Victoria Helpline on 1300 36 88 21.
We remind our community that you are allowed to attend your medical appointments, and it’s safe – and important – for you to do so.
You may want to grab a cup of tea before you read any further so you can enjoy all that the team at COTA Victoria have for you.