15 June 2018.

On Friday 15 June, the Able Australia Active Living Program for Seniors (ALPS) team held a successful community event to celebrate the contribution of seniors in the community and recognise World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD).

The ALPS team organises, promotes and attends many events in Queensland focused on the active involvement of seniors in the community.

The Let’s Talk Together event, held at Ipswich Central State School as part of WEAAD, was a great intergenerational celebration with students and seniors coming together to discuss relevant topics such as bullying and elder abuse, as well as having an opportunity to connect and gain insights into each other’s aspirations.

The event had over 60 seniors attending from various cultural backgrounds and 15 leadership students, including their Indigenous leaders, from Ipswich Central State School.  A large number of service providers were on hand to deliver information about existing services and to support the event.

Throughout the day, the school’s signing choir provided entertainment and really connected with the community in an emotional performance. There was a great focus on youths and seniors connecting, learning more about the community, and understanding what elder abuse is and where help can be found.

It was a great day filled with sharing stories, making connections, meeting people, and creating friendships.