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Thursday, October 21, 2021

It’s going to be a connect fest!

Connecting with one another has never been more important and for the first time we will be celebrating Queensland Seniors Month, 1- 31 October, with the theme Social Connections. 

During the month of October, people of all ages, cultures, and abilities will be able connect and celebrate the important and essential roles older people play in our communities.  

In short – it’s going to be a connect fest!

Beginning on the United Nations International Day of Older Persons, the month will end on National Grandparents Day, 31 October.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, we have been told to maintain an appropriate physical distancing. Yet, importantly, social connection can lower anxiety, depression and build empathy.

While one in four Australians have reported feeling affected by loneliness, one in two have reported feeling lonelier since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Given the recent lockdowns in Queensland, this year’s theme reinforces the importance of feeling socially connected. 

Whether it be attending a virtual dance or cooking class, a morning tea or concert, sharing a meal, experience, passion, or having a chat with a neighbour over the fence – we simply feel good when we connect. 

This makes Seniors Month a great avenue for people to come together and connect through inclusive online and face-to-face events and activities.  

Are you hosting an event or activity? Event registrations are now open! Register them in the online calendar today at www.qldseniorsmonth.org.au

Queensland Seniors Month is coordinated by COTA Queensland on behalf of the Queensland Government and supports the building of Age-friendly communities. 

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