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2 MARCH 2022



If you missed it, you can still catch up....

More than 100 people joined us at the Adelaide Pavilion and online on 1 March for our COTA SA Leaders Forum on Ageing. The purpose of the forum was to bring together the major political parties ahead of the 2022 state election so that you could hear about policies that will have a positive impact on older South Australians.  

At the forum we heard from Minister for Health and Wellbeing the Hon Stephen Wade MLC from the Liberal Party, Leader of the Opposition Peter Malinauskas MP from the Labor Party, the Hon Robert Simms MLC from Greens SA and the Hon Frank Pangallo MLC from SA-Best about their vision of ageing in South Australia. After opening speeches, a panel discussion was facilitated by Anne Burgess AM, COTA SA Deputy President and Chair of the COTA SA Policy Council. Panellists were asked five questions relating to ageism, housing, ageing in country SA, health and climate change. These topics are five of the seven priorities in COTA SA’s 2022 State Election Platform .


Our hope is that our Leaders Forum on Ageing has helped you to decide how you will vote on 19 March to make it count for all older South Australians.

We would love to know what you think. Please let us know by using the button below or by calling us on 08 8232 0422 or free call 1800 182 324.


The months leading up to the South Australian 2022 State Election are a perfect time to speak to your local candidates about issues affecting older South Australians. 

We encourage you to contact the candidates in your state electorate to talk to them about these issues, your own experiences and what needs to change to ensure we all have the opportunity to age well in our communities. 



We are looking for volunteers who enjoy visiting and spending time with an older person in need of companionship. As a COTA Visitor, you may enjoy having a chat over a cup of tea, sharing stories, or doing an activity together.

If you want to bring friendship to an older person experiencing loneliness, we would love to hear from you. We provide training and support and value your contribution.

We are looking to recruit volunteers who can commit to regular visits of at least one hour a fortnight.

We currently have older people in the following areas who are waiting for a visitor:

  • Hillier, Elizabeth, Salisbury, Smithfield
  • Hope Valley, Valley View, Paradise
  • Kilburn, Taperoo, Hendon, Fulham, Plympton
  • Torrens Park, Parkside
  • Linden Park, Stonyfell, Glynde
  • Morphettville, Somerton Park, Sturt
  • Aberfoyle Park, Hallett Cove, Reynella, Marion
  • Port Noarlunga, Noarlunga Downs
  • Hahndorf, Murray Bridge



Episode 5: Bryan - The Spark I Needed

The Voices on Ageing podcast series introduces six people who participated in the COTA Social Connections project. 

In episode five, Bryan shares honest insights into his mental health challenges. After a series of health challenges and the loss of friends, Bryan found himself feeling very low. A brochure for COTA Social Connections at his local library provided the turning point he needed. Support from his peer volunteer, Lizzie, has helped him re-engage with activities and new social groups. Bryan has also found a new determination to enjoy life, and has resolved to be more proactive for his family. 

For support with your mental health speak with you GP or for crisis support call  LifeLine on 13 11 14.

PLUS, Read the full report on our Social Connections project here and

read all about this project from an article in The Senior Newspaper here


COTA SA and the Strength for Life Program is committed to striving towards cultural competency and responsiveness; this is reflected and highlighted in our values, in particular those of diversity, equity, integrity and respect.

There have been a series of workshops delivered at COTA SA dedicated to communicating effectively cross culturally, cultural awareness and interpreter training. This training has been offered to staff, volunteers and Ambassadors who have been trained to deliver a community education about Strength for Life, Maximising My Independence and Seniors on Board.

In relation to the Strength for life Program, cultural responsiveness hinges on respectful enquiry as we continue to work with CALD community leaders, fitness professionals and providers to plan and deliver sessions that take into consideration the unique enablers and barriers for each unique community group; in this way we co-design more culturally competent sessions for our diverse community.



Want to know more about My Aged Care and the CHSP (Commonwealth Home Support Programme)?


·  Supports people over 65 to live in their own homes

·  Provides a range of entry-level aged care services

·  Focusses on working with you, rather than doing for you

·  Works with your goals, preferences and choices

·  Has a strong emphasis on wellness

·  Supports you to maintain, regain or restore your independence at home and in your community

Our volunteer peer educators are available to present free information sessions to seniors clubs and groups across the Adelaide metropolitan area to talk with you about My Aged Care and the CHSP.  

Find out more about:

·  Maximising your wellness and quality of life

·  Staying living at home longer

·  Maintaining or regaining independence with support from the CHSP

·  My Aged Care and how to register

·  Your aged care rights

These sessions are not suitable for people receiving higher levels of aged care such as Home Care Packages.

Contact us to book a session at a time that suits you. A peer educator will visit your venue to present the session and will provide handouts for everyone attending. Book online here or contact our friendly reception volunteers on 8232 0422 or email them here.



“I have contacted numerous aged care providers, but keep getting told that they have no capacity for new clients – what do I do?”


Our most common request to our Let’s Talk Aged Care team is about how to find a provider that has CHSP or Home Care Package services available.  We hear older people and their families are being assessed and given referral codes for Commonwealth Home Support Program (CHSP) services, only to find when telephoning around that services like domestic assistance or gardening are not available.  Similarly, if a person is approved for a Home Care Package and receives their letter to say that they have been assigned a package, that many providers don’t have the staff or services available.

Home Care Providers in particular, continue to advertise on TV, radio and in newspapers but as we are finding out, this doesn’t mean they have packages available. 

So, what are older people to do? 

1.         Use your computer or tablet, visit your local library to use a community computer or ask a friend, neighbour or family to work with you, to look at the My Aged Care website here.

2.         Using the ‘Find A Provider’ tool on the website is a great place to start – being able to specify your location, the services you need and any specialisations such as a health condition or community background, language or faith narrows down the selection. 

3.         Select the box that filters the providers to only show you those with availability.  You may be surprised to find many providers that have availability and are not the bigger providers that advertise regularly.  

4.         From this list you can click into any listing to find out more about their services and their costs.  You can also use the Compare button to select up to three and compare their listing in a side-by-side comparison. 

5.         Making telephone contact with providers is a good idea at this point to clarify availability and if their services and costs meet your needs.  Be prepared with a list of questions to ask each provider. 

You are most welcome to call our Let's Talk Aged Care team for further assistance with understanding this process or to find out more about supports and services.  Our friendly receptionists will ask you questions about your situation and will then add you to our waiting list for this valuable support. The wait time for a call back is variable depending on demand and capacity. Contact us on 8232 0422 or 1800 182 324 for country callers. 

If you need advice and assistance in the meantime, you may find it useful to consult the Let’s Talk Aged Care page on the COTA SA website for information and videos about navigating the aged care system. Here are some other useful sources of information;

  • Services Australia 1800 227 475 Monday to Friday 8am to 5pm.  
    This is especially useful if your query is about aged care fees.
  • ARAS (Aged Rights Advocacy Service) on 08 8232 5377 and online here for individual advocacy assistance to support older people to uphold their aged care rights and responsibilities.  
  • COTA Australia’s website has some resources about self-managing a Home Care Package here.



LGBTI people are soon to be invited to participate in an important project to create greater support across generations in relation to end of life planning, care and dying.

Are you a member of the South Australian Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) community and interested in end of life planning, care and dying?
If so, you may be interested in participating in our project.


A lunch for LGBTI people aged 50+. Join us outside in the serene Treasury courtyard to enjoy good food, good company and good conversation.

DATE: 24 March, 12 noon - 1:30pm

WHERE:  Treasury 1860, 144 King William Street, Adelaide

BOOKINGS:  By 17 March - email or call 08 8232 0422. 

Check our Facebook page for updates if the COVID-19 situation changes in South Australia.



Seniors on Board offers valuable insights and know-how on making the most of public transport, reducing the stress of trip planning and increasing enjoyment.

Adelaide Metro services offer a safe alternative for people reducing their driving. Having the confidence to use public transport to move around, visit friends and family or enjoy an outing doesn't come naturally to everyone. Seniors on Board is designed to build confidence and improve public transport use for older South Australians.

This free group information session is presented by COTA peer educators to groups in the metropolitan area. It is only available until June 2022. 

Phone: 8232 0422


Form: online booking form

For more information visit our webpage or contact Rachel Telfer, via email:



The Plug-in invites you to have your say in our Mood Snapshot survey to help us better understand how older Australians are feeling right now.

You may remember that The Plug-in conducted a survey to understand what our community was feeling about moving into 2021 – and what a year it was! We received an overwhelming response which has continued to help us to shape our projects and inform COTA SA’s programs.

Now, that we're a few months into 2022, we want to check in with you again to find out about your thoughts on 2021 and what your hopes are for the next 12 months.

We want to know:

  • What gives you purpose?
  • Who or what inspires you?
  • What keeps you connected and engaged?
  • How do you proactively navigate change?
  • What are you looking forward to?

We also want to learn about what your experiences have been during the ongoing challenges of COVID-19, economic challenges, and extreme weather events

Would you like to be an Influencer?

By becoming an Influencer, you will have the opportunity to share your insights and have your voice heard by participating in surveys, in-depth interviews and workshops that enable our clients to improve products, services and policies that impact older Australians.

When you complete the above survey, you will have the option to join The Plug-in as an Influencer. Alternatively, you can visit the Plug in website here , contact The Plug-in direct on 08 8224 5502, or email to learn more and sign up today.



This Thursday 3 March at 3:15pm Ian Yates AM, Chief Executive of COTA Australia, will be joined by Dr Kay Patterson AO, Age Discrimination Commissioner, Australian Human Rights Commission, and Professor Julie Byles AO, Co-President, International Longevity Centre Global Alliance and Head, ILC Australia

This is to support the Global Rally of the Age With Rights campaign by the Global Alliance on the Rights of Older People. The Rally’s goal is to urge governments to participate actively in the UN Open Ended Working Group on Ageing meeting from 11-14 April 2022 and support a new UN Convention on the Rights of Older People.

Join us here on Thursday 3rd March 2022 at 3:15pm (Eastern Summer Time) to hear about the progress of the campaign.




7 day true blue holiday

Adelaide - Mount Gambier - Hamilton - Warrnambool - Apollo Bay -
Great Ocean Road - Geelong - Adelaide  

Experience a getaway packed with spectacular highlights and treats! Enjoy a journey along Australia's most spectacular coastline including Victoria's world-famous Great Ocean Road. A special highlight included will be a visit to the opening day of Melbourne's International Flower Show. 

Prices include flights from your selected city and start from ex Adelaide $1,890pp twin share, ex Melbourne $2,730. Single supplement available.
26 March 2022 departure. 6 breakfasts, 6 dinners included. 

CALL NOW! 1300 896 282 


For some people, prescription medication becomes a necessary part of managing our health and wellbeing as we age.  Many medications have side effects and, as responsible road users, it is our obligation to be aware of those side effects and manage our driving needs and potential risks accordingly. 

Some medications can impair driving abilities, and if also combined with alcohol, can decrease mental awareness and reduce driving skills.  A person must not drive a vehicle while so much 

under the influence of intoxicating liquor and/or a drug as to be incapable of exercising effective control of the vehicle.

Always consult with your GP or pharmacist about any potential side effects your medication may have, and also raise any concerns about mixing medications, both prescribed and over the counter.  Do not stop or alter your medication without consulting with your GP first; consider modifying your driving until this can occur, especially if you are feeling unwell.  Your GP will weigh up the benefits of your medication against the side effects.


Some common side effects of prescription medications that you may experience include:

    slower reaction time                        nausea

    drowsiness or tiredness                  light headedness

    aggression                                          confusion

    dizziness or feeling faint                  poor concentration

    blurred vision                                     mood changes and anxiety.


It is everyone’s responsibility to ensure we are all contributing to providing a safe environment for all road users.

It is also our responsibility to have an honest conversation with ourselves about our driving abilities, and when we should a give up our driver’s licence.

For more information on SAPOL’s Road Safety Centre programs and resources click here.



Are you an older worker looking to change careers or upskill in your current role?
'Skills checkpoint for older workers' is available as a resource to help you steer your career in the right direction.



The search has begun for 100 South Australian 100-year-olds and 100 teenage artists to participate in an initiative bridging the generational divide. 


The Centenarian Portrait Project by Teenagers is a community arts project that promotes intergenerational friendships, celebrates life at 100 (in all its forms) and fights the negative ageing stigma. The South Australian rendition will culminate in an art exhibition in June 2022 presenting portraits of 100-year-olds by local teenage artists that follows a life-affirming intergenerational process.  


Embraced Inc is looking for 100-year-olds, who would like to get their portrait done and artists aged 15-19, who would like to undergo a highly personal creative process.  


If you know someone who would be interested in being involved - please contact Embraced Inc via, visit the website here or call us on 0484 197 345. 


This initiative is sponsored by Estia Health; the Commonwealth Department of Health; the Office for Ageing Well, SA Health and supported by the Australian Human Rights Commission.  



Sunday 27 March at 8am - 11am
Henley Square, Henley Beach SA 

The Australian Melanoma Research Foundation is hosting the Adelaide Melanoma March once again in collaboration with Melanoma Institute Australia (MIA) and is a family friendly charity walk from Henley Square to Grange Jetty and return. 

Rolling start as participants arrive and complete QR check in, to enable social distancing and a COVID Safe Event. 

Join us and help raise funds to ensure the world-first personalised immunotherapy clinical trial can get underway, which has the potential to transform cancer treatment globally. 


Register hereFor any further information. Email:



At COTA SA we always welcome your feedback so we can improve our services to you. 

If there's something you'd like us to know,  please tell us using the button below.


COTA SA acknowledges the Kaurna people of the Adelaide Plains as the traditional custodians of the land our headquarters occupy. We also acknowledge all Aboriginal nations throughout South Australia. We honour Aboriginal peoples’ continuing connection to Country and recognise that their sovereignty was never ceded. We pay our respects to Elders past, present and emerging and extend that respect to all Aboriginal people.


 PO BOX 7024, Hutt Street SA 5000
Kaurna Country Level 1/85 Hutt St, Adelaide SA 5000  
P: 08 8232 0422   |    E:
ABN 28 426 218 58