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12 Jun 2018

Our Seniors Month Calendar is shaping up nicely, but the time frame is extremely tight.  All organisations who were successful with their grants for Seniors Months should have been contacted by COTA NT to ensure that you get your listing in the printed Seniors Month Calendar. However, if you are having an event during Seniors Month that is not related to receiving government funding – please notify us and we will endeavour to have it listed in the calendar too.  Also, do not forget that you can still add events to the online calendar which is live all the time.

Today COTA NT presented students from Palmerston High School with appreciation certificates. These fantastic students were available to assist COTA with our fourth Seniors Expo held in Palmerston at the beginning of the month. They all did a fantastic job of either helping with morning tea, giving out programs or generally being available to help with any task. Well done to everyone and the future is in safe hands with you all!

This Friday, the 15th June, the spotlight at COTA NT will be on National Elder Abuse Awareness Day. The Darwin Community Legal Service provide much needed information regarding elder abuse and are having a function in COTA NT’s rooms at Spillett House. We are delighted to support the DCLS on this very important day. Elder abuse is a tragedy as it often occurs within families. This can mean that the victim is often loath to report this abuse as they do not want to lose contact with their family.  Elder abuse is not just physical, it is financial and emotional and continued emotional abuse can erode the victim’s confidence. It is so sad to see seniors who feel that any contact with their family and the continued emotional and financial abuse is better that no contact at all. Sadly, perpetrators often take total advantage of this situation.

Elder Abuse Information Line for the Territory – 1800 037 072 – The information line can provide information, education and referrals about elder abuse to family, friends and community members worried that someone they know is experiencing or at risk of Elder Abuse. 

~ Sue Shearer, CEO COTA NT

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