Queensland Seniors Month: A time of celebration

Carinity has been caring for Queensland seniors more than 70 years. That’s why October is a special time of the year for our staff and the seniors they support.

Shirley Davison from Carinity Hilltop aged care in Kelvin Grove celebrated her 100th birthday on June 25
During Queensland Seniors Month, Carinity celebrates older people like centenarian Shirley Davison who lives at the Carinity Hilltop residential aged care community in Brisbane.

October is Queensland Seniors Month, celebrating older people around the state. During this month we also recognise the important and essential roles that seniors play in our communities.

The initiative aims to improve community attitudes towards older people and ageing; facilitate community participation and activity by older people; and enhance community connections and inter-generational relationships.

The theme of this year’s Queensland Seniors Month is ‘Social Connections’, connecting people of all ages, cultures, and abilities through inclusive events and activities.

Queensland Seniors Month is book-ended by the International Day of Older Persons, on October 1, and National Grandparents Day, on October 31.

An annual day of observance established by the United Nations, the International Day of Older Persons has been held every year since 1991.

The theme of International Day of Older Persons in 2021 is ‘Digital Equity for All Ages’, which highlights and affirms the need for access and meaningful participation in the digital world by older people.

Rae Lyons, who lives at the Carinity Wishart Gardens retirement village, enjoys accessing the internet
Rae Lyons, who lives at the Carinity Wishart Gardens retirement village, enjoys accessing the internet.

Staying connected to friends, family and their wider community through technology is a key lifestyle choice for residents of Carinity’s six retirement villages.

Across Carinity’s 12 aged care communities, residents are also encouraged and supported to engage with technology, to enable greater connectivity between them and their family and friends. This has been particularly relevant during lockdowns of aged care sites due to COVID-19.

Carinity Home Care also helps seniors to live more independently at home while staying connected with Mobi, a personalised digital tablet tailored to the needs of older Queenslanders.

“Each year, Carinity assists thousands of older Queenslanders living in residential aged care and retirement village communities, and seniors who receive support to live independently in their home,” said Brett Maunder, Carinity’s Marketing and Communications Manager.

“Providing services which support Queensland seniors in 11 regions across the state, extending from Townsville to the Gold Coast, is a passion of Carinity’s dedicated employees. We are all excited to hear and share more stories and experiences of the older Queenslanders we care for during Queensland Seniors Month.”

Beverley Young uses Mobi, a personalised tablet for seniors, through Carinity Home Care.
Beverley Young uses Mobi, a personalised tablet for seniors, a Carinity Home Care service.

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