OCAV Newsletters

Newsletters

Keep in touch with what is happening in The Old Colonists’ Association of Victoria community. Each edition we feature profiles of the people who make up our villages and discuss village developments, and broader issues that affect ageing Victorians. Click the 'Subscribe' button above.

Dr Linda Young loves history and storytelling, and her two passions have neatly coincided in her latest project – volunteering as part of OCAV’s My Life Story project.

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Until her recent move to Braeside Park, Thelma Waghorn has not felt safe.

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OCAV has called on the Victorian government to reinvest in the independent living retirement village sector and to make it easier for not-for-profit providers with a successful housing track record to become community housing providers.

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Gardening is a hobby that many people enjoy at whatever age, but too often older people are not given then chance to garden once they start living at an aged care home.

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OCAV is one of several aged care provider taking part in a Roadmap to Reform campaign to effect change in aged care.

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There is nothing like a pandemic to focus the mind. No sooner had we held our wonderful thank you events for our volunteers than we found ourselves plunged back into lockdown to stem the wave of COVID-19 in the community.

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Up to 14 percent of older people are likely to experience elder abuse in Australia and the perpetrators are more likely to be family members, according to OCAV Council member Dominique Horne.

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Did you know that we had 205 volunteers working across all our villages and in Liscombe House? Their contribution to our work is extraordinary and is valued by residents and staff alike.

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When Yvette Young needs time away from her busy schedule at Currie Park, the chances are you will find her in the village’s rose garden.

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There is little that Bruno Zielke has not tried or turned his hand to. He has been a 100 metres sprinter, a gymnast, a rock climber, and a weightlifter representing Hawthorn. Today he still weight trains, and has taken up chess, writing, walking and reading, and is enjoying life in retirement at Leith Park.

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"I love the fact that Rushall Park residents and volunteers are so active – contributing to life in the village. The sense of the community is strong which is why I put my name on the waiting list" - Maggie Birkett.

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