Exciting forums lined up

18 Apr 2017

COTA NT facilitates the Independent Seniors Round Table

COTA has some exciting forums lined up next week for Wellness Week.  Starting on Tuesday, we have something for everyone including conversations and presentations on Managing Your Pain and The Nature of Dementia to mention a few, our Fit for Life program (Pilates and Zumba Gold) – and we end the week with a craft workshop provided by Bunnings and a light lunch.

There’s also Strength for Life – a progressive supervised strength training program endorsed by COTA SA and offered at Pearl in Fannie Bay. And the newest program offered through City of Darwin’s ‘Healthy Darwin’ program, Chair Aerobics – not as ‘sit back’ as it sounds – it improve mobility, flexibility, posture and alignment! Try it and see for yourself.

COTA has also been advised that the first Seniors Ministerial Advisory Council may be held in late May.  To ensure we take the correct information and are representing seniors throughout the Territory, COTA NT will also be re-convening the Independent Seniors Round Table (ISRT). 

Membership of the IRST is diverse which assists COTA in capturing all the issues.  The BIG issue is still the NT Pensioners and Concessions Scheme.  As mentioned previously in earlier articles, a meeting of members of the Expert Review Group (ERG), who were called together to review the NT Pensioners and Concession Scheme, hasn’t been held for quite a while.  However, we have received advice that an announcement involving the concessions will be made on the 2nd May – in the budget week.  Understandably, some of the members of the ERG are sceptical of this approach and are concerned that none of the recommendations from the group will be enacted.  COTA NT would hope that the NT government realises the importance of our seniors and re-instates all concessions as soon as possible.

Sue Shearer, CEO COTA NT



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