Activities aplenty during Seniors Week

THOSE planning to participate in the 21st annual Seniors Week next month will be spoiled for choice with more than 500 events on offer around the state, including 320 in the south alone.

The popular annual program – the eighth organised by COTA Tasmania – has again attracted a wide variety of events to cater for most tastes, interests and physical capabilities.

Physical activities include petanque, bowls, badminton, table tennis, yoga, fitness classes, Zumba, hip-hop, croquet, pilates, swimming, line dancing, zoo, cave and garden tours, city and bush walks and even an e-bike ride to coffee at MONA.

The always popular “how-to” sessions are back for those wishing to better understand their digital devices, along with information sessions presented by experts on subjects including Wills, pension benefits and consumer affairs.

Those who like to be entertained, or better still join in, have lots to choose from, with concerts and sing-alongs available around the state, including the acclaimed Army Band Concert at the Hobart Town Hall.

Creative and artistic types and those who enjoy more leisurely pursuits can look forward to events such as card making, weaving, grandparents storytime, history tours, U3A classes, bingo and cards.

As far as adventure activities go, it will be hard to top the three-day, two-night cruise aboard the Lady Nelson.

Shorter and more sedate river sailing adventures on historic vessels are also available, as well as lunch cruises aboard modern vessels to popular destinations.

As always, a number of health practitioners join in Seniors Week by offering free assessments for hearing, orthopaedic and other health issues.

This year’s over-arching Seniors Week theme is “food, glorious food” as part of COTA Tasmania’s Year of Food, where it has promoted and participated in with healthy eating initiatives for older Tasmanians.

Seniors Week patrons can choose from a variety of food and beverage offerings and activities, including a barista course, coffee and cakes, morning and afternoon teas, lunches, dinners, food book launches, healthy eating presentations, food and wine tours, and even a gin tasting.

Community members are invited to join COTA members, government representatives, staff and associates at the official launch of Seniors Week on Monday 1 October – the International Day of Older Persons – at the Multicultural Council of Tasmania’s spacious HQ in Moonah.

In keeping with the food theme – and the venue – launch guests will enjoy a mini food expo featuring a variety of food tastes associated with different cultures, from Middle Eastern to Asian to Indigenous Australian fare and a few in between.

There will also be information tables facilitated by popular food providers.

Places are limited so bookings are essential.

The preferred booking method is online at seniorsweek2018launch.eventbrite.com.au or email admin@cotatas.org.au, or phone (03) 6231 3265 (9am–4pm, Monday to Friday).