Victoria’s peak seniors body, Council on the Ageing (COTA), last Friday celebrated its 60th birthday.
To mark the historic milestone, Victorian Minister for Ageing, David Davis, presented the organisation with a special honorary Seniors Card to recognise its dedicated commitment to improving the lives of Victorian seniors.
“For 60 years, COTA has been standing up for the needs of older Victorians,” Mr Davis said.
“Sixty years is a significant milestone and it is wonderful to have the opportunity to pay tribute to COTA’s fantastic work in the Victorian community.”
The Seniors Card program promotes healthy and active ageing, and encourages older Victorians to continue to engage with the community.
“It is fitting that as COTA celebrates its 60th anniversary, it is more active and engaged in the community than ever.”
COTA is a peak national organisation representing the rights, needs and interests of older Australians. The organisation was responsible for establishing the Victorian Senior of the Year Awards about 20 years ago and is still an active partner in the awards.
This month also marked the 30th anniversary of the recent Victorian Seniors Festival.
Since 2008, COTA has accommodated and provided governance support for Seniors Rights Victoria, the primary agency for older Victorians, their friends and family members seeking information and support related to elder abuse.