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Redland District Committee on the Ageing (RDCOTA)

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by May (subscribe)
Typical Gemini, with the concentration span of a gnat & not one for sitting still. My old Da used to say that "you're a long time dead". So my mantra is get busy living.Please join me for more at
Published July 23rd 2018
Letís all age disgracefully
I've been a resident of Brisbane's Redlands for over twenty-five years. Nestled along the coastline of southern Moreton Bay, the recently rebranded Redland Coast offers an array of facilities for all ages and demographics - a thriving cafe society, restaurants, arts, schools, sports facilities and service organisations, as well as the very best that nature has to offer.

It also has a strong advocate for the elderly in The Redland District Committee on the Ageing, or RDCOTA. This organisation is staffed entirely by volunteers and receives no Government funding. How do I know this? For the very first time in twenty-five years driving down the same road in Cleveland, I stopped at a building at 57 Wynyard Street, which was holding a footpath garage sale to raise funds. Of course, I just had to rehome some preloved books!

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You've seen this building. Now you know what it's all about.

This is when I learnt that the mission of the team at RDCOTA was "to maximise support, minimise barriers and recognise the value of Seniors in the Redlands".

Just exactly what services do they offer Redland Coast residents? In an effort to ensure that senior citizens enjoy full and satisfying lives, living independently in the community or in retirement facilities, offersA offer a face to face information service regarding seniors issues.

They offer social morning teas at both Capalaba and Victoria Point Libraries, where for a gold coin donation, you can enjoy a cuppa and have the opportunity to meet new people.

Not sure how to use that IPAD the kids gave you for your birthday? RDCOTA offers a Technology for Seniors Tutorials, one on one, and for no charge.

Other free services include Tournament of the Minds, where volunteers visit Aged Care Facilities and Retirement Villages within the Redlands, promoting social interaction and challenging the mind with general knowledge questions.

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Information Flyer

There is more, so much more, including convening Seniors Week since the 1980's, and I recommend you visit here for more information.

I'm also advised that the team are seeking volunteers to keep on top of filing and other administration tasks, so if you have a couple of hours to spare during the week this mob seem a fun crowd. Contact: 3488 0680 or email seniors@

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Meet Paul, Erin, and Peter

And remember: " you don't stop laughing when you grow old, you grow old when you stop laughing."
George Bernard Shaw
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Why? Growing old is a privilege. Enjoy it.
When: 9:30am till 2:30pm Monday through to Friday
Phone: 3488 0680
Where: 57 Wynyard Street, Cleveland, Qld 4163
Cost: $5 membership fee
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