RDCOTA Seniors Week Walk kicks off Queensland Seniors Week in the Redlands

READY TO WALK: RDCOTA representative Paul Barnes (centre) with Karen Spethman and Warren Doyle from STAR Community Services.
READY TO WALK: RDCOTA representative Paul Barnes (centre) with Karen Spethman and Warren Doyle from STAR Community Services.

QUEENSLAND Seniors Week gets under way in the Redlands with the RDCOTA Seniors Week Walk on August 18.

The event is for the elderly and an opportunity for younger community members to spend time with older people.

Participants can walk at their own pace and finish at three, five, 7.5 or 10 kilometres.

Warren Doyle, manager at STAR Community Services one of the sponsors of the event, said social isolation among the elderly was a growing problem.

"Events like the Seniors Walk offer us an opportunity to engage with our community's elderly and spend some quality time with them," he said.

RDCOTA's Paul Barnes said the walk was for people of any age, who could walk at their own pace.

"Let's all walk together to enjoy our beautiful parklands and wildlife, share some laughs along the way and simply have a great morning," he said. "If you spot a koala on the way, that's an added bonus."

Queensland Seniors Week, from August 17 to 25, is an annual celebration of the many contributions older people make.

On August 26, Waverton Hub from NSW will do presentations for seniors on creating and maintaining a connected and supportive community.

Mayor Karen Williams said the free presentations at Capalaba and on Macleay Island would be hosted by the council.

"This is a wonderful opportunity for Redlands Coast seniors, community groups and providers of social services to investigate a very successful Australian model for ageing well in the community," Cr Williams said.

"Waverton Hub - run by 300 volunteer members - exists solely to enable its members to age well within their own homes - for as long, as meaningfully and inexpensively as possible.

"The group has been so successful that it has received an Australian Government grant to travel the nation, sharing its experiences to encourage other communities to set up their own senior hubs."

The events on Monday, August 26 will be at Capalaba Place Hall from 10am to 11.30am and the Macleay Island Community Hall from 2pm to 3.30pm.

Book for one event only by emailing communityprojects@redland.qld.gov.au or phone 3829 8999.

The walk is at 7am on Sunday, August 18 starting from the Donald Simpson Park next to the RDCOTA office at 57 Wynyard Street, Cleveland.

Register by calling RDCOTA on 3488 0680 between 9.30am and 2.30pm on weekdays.

Registration is $8 and each registered walker receives a t-shirt, map, breakfast after the walk and entry into a prize draw.

View the RDCOTA Seniors Week program below or visit rdcota.org.au/news.