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Seniors Month gets a flying start

1 Aug 2017

With over 200 activities and events organised for Seniors Month this August, the next four weeks promise to offer opportunities for celebration, reflection, learning and adventure. If you are planning your diary, take a look at the Seniors Month calendar and make bookings early to avoid disappointment.

The Seniors Month calendar produced in print by COTA NT for the Northern Territory Government has been distributed to MLA offices throughout the Territory and in seniors’ ‘hotspots’. It is also available from COTA NT at Spillett House (65 Smith Street, Darwin) and the online calendar is available to all at www.cotant.org.au/territory-seniors-calendar. On this webpage, a link to a downloadable PDF is also available.

Also on the online calendar are the dates of the consultations being held by the Northern Territory Government for the NT Concessions (NT Pensioner and Carer Concession Scheme). You are invited to have your say at the forums, online, by email (ntconcessions@nt.gov.au), by telephone (1800 777 704) and by post. View haveyoursay.nt.gov.au/concessions for details of initial community feedback, forum dates and the discussion paper.  Another community forum in Darwin will be hosted by COTA at Spillett House on Tuesday 8 August, 10.00am – 11.30am.

Also in August, COTA NT organised a number of events and activities specifically for Seniors Month including a free movie – Hampstead – and morning tea at BCC Darwin City courtesy of Event Cinemas, African drumming workshop, two 4-week programs – iPad training and stretch n flex classes – to keep both brains and body in shape, a fundraising morning tea; and to finish the month, a beautifully shaded outdoor lunch, featuring highly-acclaimed, local Syrian cuisine. These activities add to regular and ongoing programs: social bingo, musical jam, Zumba, Pilates and computer training.

Many of the activities highlighted in Seniors Month are also ongoing throughout the year, but during August, clubs and societies encourage people to try something new, both to meet new people and to kick-start a healthier and more active lifestyle. These give-it-a-go sessions and open days are mainly free or low in cost. We encourage everyone to get out and about and make the most of this wonderful month.

 

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