7 episodes

Finding meaningful social activities and support to improve wellbeing is crucial at any age, even more so as we get older. In this podcast series, we celebrate the individual voices on ageing and share personal stories from older South Australians.

Over six episodes we’ll hear from guests about how they’ve empowered themselves to get reconnected with life and community, how they achieved connectedness and what contributed to their success.

You’re not in this alone. So, if you, or someone you know is facing barriers as they get older, this podcast is for you.

Voices On Ageing was recorded on Kaurna lands with thanks to our program partner, Adelaide Primary Health Network.

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Finding meaningful social activities and support to improve wellbeing is crucial at any age, even more so as we get older. In this podcast series, we celebrate the individual voices on ageing and share personal stories from older South Australians.

Over six episodes we’ll hear from guests about how they’ve empowered themselves to get reconnected with life and community, how they achieved connectedness and what contributed to their success.

You’re not in this alone. So, if you, or someone you know is facing barriers as they get older, this podcast is for you.

Voices On Ageing was recorded on Kaurna lands with thanks to our program partner, Adelaide Primary Health Network.

    Staying Connected At Home

    Staying Connected At Home

    COTA SA presents: In episode six, Bonnie shares personal insight into how she navigates life as an older South Australian with physical mobility limitations. Bonnie has overcome many personal challenges in her life and draws from this resilience and her wonderful sense of humour to keep positive. Accessing COTA visitors has helped Bonnie stay connected from her home.
    Resources mentioned in this episode:
    https://cotasa.org.au/programs/cota-visitors.aspx (COTA Visitors) - 8232 0422
    https://www.cotasa.org.au/programs/independent-aged-care-support.aspx (COTA Aged Care Navigator) - 8232 0422
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    COTA SA is an older people’s movement. Our purpose is to promote the rights, interests and futures of South Australians as we age.
    Find out more by calling us on 8232 0422 or at http://www.cotasa.org.au/ (cotasa.org.au) for information, services and events, or to get involved.
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    COTA SA gratefully acknowledges the funding for this project from the Australian Government through the https://adelaidephn.com.au/ (Adelaide Primary Health Network) (PHN).
    Voices On Ageing is produced by https://narrativemarketing.com.au/ (Narrative Marketing).

    • 18 min
    The Spark I Needed

    The Spark I Needed

    COTA SA presents: In episode five, Bryan shares honest insights into his mental health challenges. After a series of health challenges and the loss of friends, Bryan found himself feeling very low. A brochure for COTA Social Connections at his local library provided the turning point he needed. Support from his peer volunteer Lizzie, has helped him re-engage with activities and new social groups. Bryan has also found a new determination to enjoy life, and has resolved to be more proactive for his family.
    Resources mentioned in this episode:
    https://cotasa.org.au/programs/cota-social-connections.aspx (COTA Social Connections) - 8232 0422
    https://www.beyondblue.org.au/who-does-it-affect/older-people/connections-matter (Beyond Blue - Connections Matter)
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    COTA SA is an older people’s movement. Our purpose is to promote the rights, interests and futures of South Australians as we age.
    Find out more by calling us on 8232 0422 or at http://www.cotasa.org.au/ (cotasa.org.au) for information, services and events, or to get involved.
    ________
    COTA SA gratefully acknowledges the funding for this project from the Australian Government through the https://adelaidephn.com.au/ (Adelaide Primary Health Network) (PHN).
    Voices On Ageing is produced by https://narrativemarketing.com.au/ (Narrative Marketing).

    • 18 min
    Reconnecting After Loss

    Reconnecting After Loss

    COTA SA presents: In episode four, Barbara talks about how she overcame her feelings of isolation after the passing of her much loved husband. With the support of her Peer Volunteer Majorie, Barbara rebuilt her confidence to attend social activities as a single person. This renewed confidence has enabled her to reconnect with her passion to travel, something she didn’t think she’d do again. With plans for a week-long intrastate travel trip and beyond, once covid travel restrictions ease, Barbara is excited about the adventures to come.
    Resources mentioned in this episode:
    https://cotasa.org.au/volunteering/default.aspx (COTA Volunteering)
    https://communitycentressa.asn.au/ (Community Centres SA) - 8371 4622
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    COTA SA is an older people’s movement. Our purpose is to promote the rights, interests and futures of South Australians as we age.
    Find out more by calling us on 8232 0422 or at http://www.cotasa.org.au/ (cotasa.org.au) for information, services and events, or to get involved.
    ________
    COTA SA gratefully acknowledges the funding for this project from the Australian Government through the https://adelaidephn.com.au/ (Adelaide Primary Health Network) (PHN).
    Voices On Ageing is produced by https://narrativemarketing.com.au/ (Narrative Marketing).

    • 20 min
    Finding Purpose In Retirement

    Finding Purpose In Retirement

    COTA SA presents: In episode three, Sandra shares her story of seeking purpose in retirement. After relocating from interstate and retiring within this timeframe, Sandra found herself feeling isolated and without a strong sense of local community connections. Becoming a COTA Volunteer and accessing support services through COTA Connections, is helping Sandra to bridge her feelings of isolation.
    Since recording this interview Sandra has joined a local Country Women's Association group, has joined a Strenght for Life group with an active social club, is also volunteering with the Strenght for Life program and as a COTA Visitor visiting a woman in her local area.
    Resources mentioned in this episode:
    https://cotasa.org.au/volunteering/default.aspx (COTA Volunteering) - 8232 0422
    https://sacommunity.org/ (SA Community Directory)
    ________
    COTA SA is an older people’s movement. Our purpose is to promote the rights, interests and futures of South Australians as we age.
    Find out more by calling us on 8232 0422 or at http://www.cotasa.org.au/ (cotasa.org.au) for information, services and events, or to get involved.
    ________
    COTA SA gratefully acknowledges the funding for this project from the Australian Government through the https://adelaidephn.com.au/ (Adelaide Primary Health Network) (PHN).
    Voices On Ageing is produced by https://narrativemarketing.com.au/ (Narrative Marketing).

    • 20 min
    The Power of a Chat

    The Power of a Chat

    COTA SA presents: In episode two, Colin shares his experience of moving into an independent unit within a retirement village. Colin explains his move helped increase his social activities and connections. Covid-19, has limited some of these activities but through the support of Meals On Wheels, COTA and his local council, he continues to proactively seek ways to maintain his independence in retirement living.
    Resources mentioned in the episode:
    https://www.cotasa.org.au/programs/Resource/chsp-maximise-your-independence-and-quality-of-life.aspx (Maximising My Independence) - 8232 0422
    Bunch of Blokes, City of Port Adelaide Enfield - 8405 6804
    https://www.mealsonwheelssa.org.au/ (Meals on Wheels) - 1800 854 453
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    COTA SA is an older people’s movement. Our purpose is to promote the rights, interests and futures of South Australians as we age.
    Find out more by calling us on 8232 0422 or at http://www.cotasa.org.au/ (cotasa.org.au) for information, services and events, or to get involved.
    ________
    COTA SA gratefully acknowledges the funding for this project from the Australian Government through the https://adelaidephn.com.au/ (Adelaide Primary Health Network) (PHN).
    Voices On Ageing is produced by https://narrativemarketing.com.au/ (Narrative Marketing).

    • 22 min
    My Journey with Memory Loss

    My Journey with Memory Loss

    COTA SA presents: In episode one, Marg bravely shares her experience of memory loss. For her, connecting with COTA volunteer Lai Woon was a major turning point, helping her pull herself ‘up out of her chair’ after the anxiety she was feeling as her memory became less reliable. Marg’s journey may be difficult but she’s taking positive steps to empower herself and shine a light on what is possible, when living with cognitive impairment.
    Resources mentioned in this episode:
    https://cotasa.org.au/sfl.aspx (Strength For Life) - 8232 0422
    https://www.dementia.org.au/ (Dementia Australia) - 8372 2100
    https://www.dementia.org.au/about-dementia-and-memory-loss/about-dementia/memory-loss/mild-cognitive-impairment (Mild Cognitive Impairment Info Sheet)
    ________
    COTA SA is an older people’s movement. Our purpose is to promote the rights, interests and futures of South Australians as we age.
    Find out more by calling us on 8232 0422 or at http://www.cotasa.org.au/ (cotasa.org.au) for information, services and events, or to get involved.
    ________
    COTA SA gratefully acknowledges the funding for this project from the Australian Government through the https://adelaidephn.com.au/ (Adelaide Primary Health Network) (PHN).
    Voices On Ageing is produced by https://narrativemarketing.com.au/ (Narrative Marketing).

    • 19 min

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