OPAP


East Creek Older Person's Action Program (OPAP)

Greetings All The Winter has been rather mild so far but there their are some cold days ahead. August is a busy month starting with the Homeless Awareness Expo on the 7th August at the Library. To celebrate Seniors Week ,19. —27. August, we are attending the U3A Expo again, held on the 23rd August, please see page 2 for more details. Come along and say hello to us at the stall. A quote from Mr. Eugster “It is time to start a revolution that isn’t anti-aging, but pro -aging.” The Languages and Cultures Festival is on the 20th August in Queenspark, this is a great opportunity to experience different traditions and food.

Are you interested in mentoring? The Flexy School in Chalk Drive is a dedicated place to help young people with their education. They are looking for volunteers to do one-to-one mentoring and you can contact them on: 4614 4100. ‘Every Student Matters’.

Here is some information from Seniours Enquiry Line, July 2017 issue. Buying a Hearing Aid Did you know that nearly one third of all hearing centres in Australia are owned by hearing aid manufacturers? Did you know that there is no requirement in Australia to be qualified to sell or fit a hearing aid? When some professionals are hired, they can receive commissions or may only be able to sell one brand of product and do not need to tell you about it. Many people have paid for excessively priced hearing aids that have not been required, with reports of up to $14,000. But there are steps you can take. Ask if they have a degree. Qualified Audiologists need to complete a Master of Clinical Audiology. Ask if they are members of Audiology Australia and they must adhere to a strict code of conduct and they have a wealth of information on their website at: www.audiology.asn.au including a register of members and the areas they work in. Or call 03 9877 0645 for further information.

Below is a helpful website to check out the different hearing aid modules with pictures and prices, ranging from $ 1500 to- $ 4900 per unit. http://www.hearingaidprices.com.au/

Warm regards, Bea.


Safety While Out and About

If your out and about away from home, perhaps running errands or out for a walk, follow these tips from the Queensland Police Service from their 'Confident, Safe and Secure - a Handbook for Safety for Seniors ' to feel more safe and secure.

  • Put your money in different pockets or parts of your handbag
  • Use ATMs in public places where you can be seen by many people
  • When walking, avoid short-cuts and dark, unlit areas
  • When walking, carry a mobile phone or money for a phone call
  • Sit near the bus driver or train driver/guard
  • When returning home in a taxi, have the driver wait until you're safely inside
  • Consider carrying a whistle or carry a personal security alarm
  • Park car in well-lit areas
  • Lock your car doors and keep valuables out of sight when driving
  • Have your keys ready before you walk to your car.
  • If you are confronted by someone who is trying to take your bag, give it to them. This may go against all your instincts, but remember that no amount of money or inconvenience is worth personal injury.

The Aim of OPAP

To provide support to seniors by assisting them through social and personal development activities to promote confidence, self esteem and independence. Linking vulnerable older people to local services and social support networks. Raising awareness of the needs and issues of seniors whilst breaking down the barriers of those who are socially isolated.

OPAP Offers:

Broad, flexible, stimulating and strengthening program of activities.

Personal activity packages that are customised for client's needs.

Assessment points to support the client towards independent management of their program.

Personalised introduction at client's first activity appointments to lessen anxiety and increase retention.

Strengthening agencies work with older people.

Provide opportunities for trained volunteers to work within the OPAP program.

Community wide celebration of older people's achievements and contributions.

To encourage and support Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and CALD older people to participate in the Program.

Use of interpreters for CALD clients.

Activities

Social, recreational and educational activities are offered through East Creek Community Centre, which include, but are not limited to:

  • Community bus trips
  • Luncheons
  • Guest Speakers
  • Friendship Support
  • 'Safety in the Neighbourhood' Information
  • Heartmoves at Willows
  • Morning with the Stars
  • Walking groups
  • Eating with Friends Program

Funding

The Older People's Action Program was established by the Department of Communities (Queensland Government) in 1995, to assist seniors at risk of social isolation. Projects funded under the Older People's Action Program aim to assist seniors to increase their social participation and reduce fear of crime and increase their sense of safety and security in their communities.   

Contact

East Creek Older Person's Action Program (OPAP)
43 Kitchener Street
PO Box 4859
Toowoomba 4350
Phone: (07) 4639 2755
Email:

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