Between the Lines gives an up-to-date snapshot of the issues surrounding older Tasmanians in the community 

Pension indexation changes axed

The Federal Government has confirmed ahead of tomorrow night’s Budget that it’s dropping plans to change pension indexation. This news will be a great relief to thousands of Tasmanians.

The Government’s new proposals widen pension eligibility for retirees by raising the amount of assets people can have before their pension starts to be reduced, but tightens eligibility for people with higher assets by changing the taper rate from $1.50 lost per $1000 of assets, back to the $3 per $1000 that applied before September 2007. 

To read the COTA Australia News Release click here


Seniors Week registrations now open

Registrations are currently being invited from individuals or organisations wishing to conduct an event(s) in this year’s Seniors Week to be held again in mid-October: 12th – 18th.

Click here to register online or to download a hardcopy registration form, or to seek advice about arranging a suitable Seniors Week event in your area. or 6231 3265

Photo: 82 year-old Lillian Gill started playing badminton at a Seniors Week event in Warrane 15 years ago - and has never stopped!  

Inaugural Way to Go forum a success

The inaugural Way To Go forum organised by COTA in collaboration with the Tasmanian Association of Hospice & Palliative Care (TAHPC) was held in Hobart last month and was fully subscribed, with 50 people attending the event to hear special presentations and participate in group discussions.

The aim of the forum was to encourage people to start discussions with their friends and family about death and dying, planning for end of life and palliative care options.  Jenny Fuller from TAHPC and Clinical Nurse Educator Sally Bonde from DHHS gave interesting insights and advice about this often vexing subject and some interesting views were robustly discussed at the tables during the discussion sessions.

All participants were surveyed on the night and post-event, and COTA will use this information to inform future discussions with TAHPC about further information sessions throughout the state.


DHHS Clinical Nurse Educator Sally Bonde joined in the discussions.



Volunteers needed for heart study

The Menzies Research Institute is seeking volunteers aged 65 years and over to participate in a research project examining heart failure in regional areas across the state.  The Institute hopes to prevent people with early stage heart disease from progressing to heart failure.
If you are aged 65+ and have one of the following conditions you might qualify for this important study aimed at reducing the risk of heart failure.

  • Diabetes
  • High blood pressure
  • Overweight
  • Family history of heart failure
  • Past chemotherapy

If you’re interested and would like more information, please contact Hannah Robert Tissot 6226 4265.


Golden Anniversary for Scottsdale Senior Citizens Club

It’s slightly old news – their 50th anniversary was late last year - but we’ve just learned of this significant milestone by this wonderful organisation that has served the wider Scottsdale community so well for more than half a century.

Naturally there was a celebration and more than sixty seniors attended, as well as special guests, including five children and their spouses of the original six ladies who had the foresight to begin a Senior’s Club in Scottsdale in 1964 for “interaction and socialisation for the elderly.”

A well as the “gastronomic delights” of afternoon tea, guests also enjoyed a variety of musical entertainment as well as sumptuous afternoon tea that has been continuously provided by Scottsdale Catholic Ladies for 47 years! 

Dorset Mayor Barry Jarvis praised the Club their commitment to seniors in the Dorset Municipality, saying that clubs such as the Scottsdale Seniors were important to the Scottsdale area and for the social opportunities it presented to the local senior citizens.
A booklet, Moments in Minutes commemorating the 50 years of Club minutes was published by club Secretary Pat James.

If your Seniors group has reached a milestone or you have a story to share that is of interest to older people in the community please contact our office: 6231 3265 or email



Dear Life is confronting, compelling

A recently published paperback book observing the medical treatment of seniors has been praised for its forthright and honest appraisal and easy reading style.

The latest Quarterly Essay Dear Life: On Caring for the Elderly was written by doctor and author Karen Hitchcock and succinctly and honestly covers this occasionally controversial subject in a sometimes confronting way. It certainly captured the attention of those in the COTA office who’ve read it.

Dear Life has an rrp of $22.99 and is available at newsagents and bookstores. 

Attention doodlers!

If you live in or around Launceston, are caring for people living with dementia and fancy a fun and relaxing way to create beautiful images while enjoying the company of like-minded people, you might like to consider joining the Zentango for Carers Support Group in Newnham coordinated by Alzheimers Australia.

If you are a creative type or a bit of a “doodler” or even if you have no drawing or art experience, you would be welcome to “tangle” with the group from 5.30pm to 7.30pm on the fourth Monday of each month.

Respite in the Day Club is available and light supper is provided. Admission is by gold coin donation.

RSVP to Penny or Tammy:  6326 3488 at the Launceston office of Alzheimers Australia.


Independent Living Open Day
in Launceston

Independent Living Centre Tas will be holding an Open Day on Friday 19 June as part of the ACSA National Aged Care Open Day.  A range of activities designed to assist and inform seniors about equipment to help with daily living will be running between 9.30am and 4pm.

There will be a sausage sizzle between 11am and 2pm.

Admission is free however a gold coin donation is welcome.

RSVP or more information: 1300 885 886


Support programs for sufferers
of memory loss

People with or living with dementia can take advantage of special Living with Memory Loss programs facilitated by Alzheimers Australia.

The groups are specifically designed for people in the early stages of dementia and their support person. People with dementia can attend alone if they wish.

The format is an interactive group program held over a number of sessions, usually over consecutive days and weeks.  Programs are run in both metropolitan and regional locations at no charge to participants, and ongoing support options are available at the program’s conclusion.

 The sessions cover a range of topics including –


  • Symptoms and diagnosis
  • Adapting to changes
  • Research and drug treatments
  • Driving
  • Practical strategies
  • Relationships and communication
  • Planning for the future
  • Community services
  • Legal issues
  • Looking after yourself
  • Where to from here?

Group participants have an opportunity to obtain information, have questions answered, meet and talk confidentially with others in similar situations, discuss experiences and express feelings in a safe environment and explore ways of managing the illness.

Contact: National Dementia Helpline 1800 100 500


Your artworks wanted for Oatlands
End of Life art awards & exhibition

National Palliative Care Week starts 24 May and the Southern Midlands Community Health Centre is celebrating by holding an End of Life Art Awards and Exhibition at the  Oatlands Courthouse (cnr Campbell St & Esplanade, Oatlands). 

They're asking: What does palliative care, hospice, end of life mean to you?

People are invited to produce an artwork showing what these things mean to you. If you're not an artist but would like to participate, a limited number of free canvasses are available from the Health Centre.

There are cash prizes for People's Choice Award 17 Years and over and 16 years and under. 

If you can't be an artist, you can go to the exhibition and vote on your favourite artwork and/or attend the award night.

For more information or application form, call Kristina at the Southern Midlands Community Health Centre - 6254 5025

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