Redland District Committee on the Ageing
Management Committee 2018
|Judith Chapman||Vice President|
|Richard Ferguson||Committee Member|
|Fay Doherty||Committee Member|
|Susanne Milchick||Committee Member|
RDCOTA Redlands Fifty Plus has provided 47 years of service to the Redland community.
Redland District Committee on the Ageing (RDCOTA) is an incorporated not-for-profit organisation working towards the wellbeing of all citizens over the age of 50 years.
The organisation has evolved over the years to best serve the needs and interests of the ever-increasing ageing population of the district whether they live independently in the community, or in one of the many retirement villages or aged care facilities.
Statistics show that the proportion of residents in the Redlands aged 65 years and over is expected to rise by 46% within the next decade, while an expected increase of 25% will occur in the number of residents aged over 75 years. RDCOTA’s focus is therefore ever changing to meet the increasing challenges faced by seniors.
RDCOTA has a high profile and credible reputation locally with a strong track record of achieving its aims.
Some of Our Achievements:
- Established Senior Citizens Clubs in the Redlands in the early 1970’s
- Supported Queensland Senior Citizens Week since 1986 by co-ordinating a week of events and activities for the community
- Worked to establish the Donald Simpson over 50’s Leisure Centre which opened its doors in 1987. Representation on their management board.
- Supported the building of, and purchased equipment for, the Redland Hospital
- Provided support and financial assistance for the building of “Rotary Lodge” at Redland Hospital
- Raised funds and built RDCOTA Cottage of Rehabilitation in the Redland Hospital grounds in 1998 – the first of its type in Queensland.
- Auspiced Redland District University of the Third Age Inc (U3A)
- Auspiced the Redland Older Mens’ Well-being Group Inc, Women’s Well-being Group and Seniors Action Group MacLeay Island
- Auspiced and continues to support the Circle of Men Group working in Redland Retirement Villages
- Establishment in 1999 and continued support for the program “Tournament of Minds” in Aged Care facilities
- Staged International Year of the Older Person 1999 & International Year of the Volunteer in the Redland Shire
- Presented the “Bayside Retirement Lifestyle Expo” in association with Queensland Community Newspapers since 2000.
- Undertook research and published results on Social Isolation:
“Social Activity Participation by Senior Australians” in Retirement Villages 1999
“Redlands Senior Living” 2001
“Caring for the Carers Survey”
“Tackling Social Isolation the Redland Senior’s Community”
- Partnered the Redland City Council in establishing and organizing the Redland Seniors Network
- Member of the Redlands Advisory Group on Seniors Issues (RAGOSI)
- Stakeholder in the development of Redland City Council’s seniors policy and Ageing Well in the Redlands: A ten-year strategy for seniors
- In 2011, established Seniors Information Plus, a service designed to help seniors make contact with services they require and, further, helping with form filling, letter-writing and access to online information.
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