Virus crisis / Seniors Week postponed until spring

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SENIORS Week, which was scheduled to start on Monday (March 23) has been postponed due to coronavirus, says Jenny Mobbs, CEO of the Council on the Ageing ACT (COTA). 

COTA ACT CEO Jenny Mobbs.

ACT Seniors Week will now be celebrated on September 14-20. 

“We need to be guided by the government to ensure people’s safety,” says Jenny. 

“We will postpone Seniors Week until spring and hope to work it in with Floriade, to make it a big seniors event,” she says. 

Older people are our fastest growing demographic in the ACT, says Jenny and she wants seniors not to be socially isolated from friends and information during this time.

The COTA ACT office at Hughes Community Centre remains open for visitors but some scheduled group classes and activities may be changed or cancelled and Jenny advises people to call or visit the COTA ACT website for updates on their group classes.    

“We don’t want people to be lonely. Heed the government’s health messages such as hand washing and keep up to date with current information from the radio and newspapers,” she says. 

“Call us if you need help.

“COTA ACT is here to listen, advise and support seniors during this time.”   

Call COTA on 6282 3777 or visit

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