OPAP News


OPAP News

My name is Bea and I am excited to be looking after you until Ashlie comes back, well Rested and Recovered.

We are half way through winter and the days are getting longer again, hurrah, but don’t put the scarf and beany away just yet.

To celebrate Seniors Week between 13th - 21th August ECCC is having a stall at the Seniors Expo on the 17th. Hope you find the time to come along and visit us, we would love to see you.

The Tech Savvy program is well attended but there is room for more participants, please call us to make a booking.

The ladies from the Blanket Group are looking for more enthusiastic and experienced sewers to help on Mondays.

An Infirmary service is available from the Toowoomba Council.

The waste management is here to help too. The service is available for people who are physically unable to pull the big bins out and in again if no other person in the household or a neighbour is able to put the bins out. A medical certificate needs to be supplied, and the location of the bin is also looked at.

You can contact Toowoomba Regional Council by phone on 131 872 or email: info@trc.qld.gov.au and quote: ‘INFIRM HOUSEHOLD DOMESTIC WASTE COLLECTION SERVICE APPLICATION’

Bea


Safety While Out and About

If you're 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 Current OPAP Newsletter is now available to be read online.

Copies of the Latest OPAP Newsletter and Previous OPAP Newsletter may still be downloaded for offline viewing.

Upcoming events

To book for any of these events please contact Ashlie / Bea at East Creek,
Ph (07) 4639 2755 or email
Bus is available for those who need transport, but conditions do apply.

Tuesday - Cuppa and Card Game

Come along and join in the fun with our card mornings

Every Tuesday

10:00am - 12:00pm

Cost - Free

Enjoy the fun and free morning tea

Thursday - CPEA Play Group

Come to East Creek Community Centre and be a part of a warm, friendly atmosphere, where the children can play and the parents, grandparents and carers can talk, have morning tea and develop new friendships and support

Thursday

Time: 10:00am - 12:00pm

Morning Tea provided

Thursday Movies

Thursday (once a month) - movie & times to be advised

Cost - $5.00

Cuppa and Chat Morning

Quarterly - dates to be advised

Drop in for a cuppa and chat

Time: 10.00am

Cost - Free

Morning with the Stars

Last Thursday of the Month
Toowoomba City Golf Club
South Street
Toowoomba South

Doors open 9:00am
Morning Tea at 9:30am
Show Starts at 10:00am
Cost - $10.00

Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday - Come along and join in Heartmoves at Willows

Heartmoves caters for all adults, and is safe for people with stable long term health conditions such as heart disease, diabetes or obesity. It's also perfect for people who are just starting to exercise or who may not have performed any exercise in a while.

Monday - 1:30pm till 2:30pm

Wednesday - 11:00am till 12:00pm

Friday - 11:15am till 12:15pm

Cost for OPAP participants - Free

Please call (07) 4639 2755 for more information on how to become part of this program.

Participants are required to fill in the Pre-Exercise Assessment and Referral Form and return it to their Heartmoves Leader prior to commencing the program, copies can be downloaded here .


Health Info from Amy at Heartmoves

1. Balance is a skill, and depends on the workings of various systems throughout the body. Balance combines the vestibular system (inner ear), proprioception (involves the sensory receptors within the skin to determine our position in space), and our vision. The combination of these systems governs our balance ability. For balance, it is recommended that all people over 65 years of age engage in some form of balance training. Balance training in conjunction with strengthening exercises is optimal. Engaging in group exercise programs specifically aimed at improving balance has been proven as effective, so too has Tai Chi.

2. For health, it is recommended to engage in 30 minutes of aerobic exercise on 5, if not all, days of the week as well as resistance (strength training) on 3 days of the week. Do these on non-consecutive days (have a rest day in between). When starting exercise take your time and progress slowly. Start with low weights and aim for 2-3 sets of 8-12 repetitions of the exercise.

If it has been a while since you last exercised, it is recommended to consult your GP prior to starting.

Mondays - Blankets for the Homeless Group
If you would like to join a group who are using their time to make recycled blankets for people who are homeless or vulnerable, it is currently being held every Monday to cater for the winter demand. No previous experience needed. Time 1:00pm - 3:30pm, at the East Creek Community Centre. Enjoy a coffee and chat while we work on making the lives of others warmer and happier this winter.

Phone Sue 0419 351 527, or ECCC (07) 4639 2755 for info.
All are welcome

Tuesdays - OPAP Walking Group

Departs 8.30am from East Creek Community Centre

Medium paced walk, pets welcome

Get fit and make new friends

Broadband for Seniors
You will learn how to use all those mobile phones, iPads, various different Computers, Cameras, Tablets and E-Readers that your families have given you for Christmas. (We will consider any additional suggestions)

Andras and a number of other volunteers are here to help you learn about all that technology in a friendly one-on-one lesson (small groups of 2 or 3 concerning the same topic are OK too). Andras is available for appointments from 9:00 am - 2:00 pm (start times) on Monday and Friday mornings, and another tutor is available from 9:00 am - 11:00 am (start times) on Mondays. Sessions last for up to an hour each.

We also have an option available for seniors over 60 years of age living in certain areas in or around Toowoomba, who can attend the Tech Savvy Seniors sessions on Wednesday from 9:30 am - 11:30 am. Please phone the centre on 4639 2755 for more information. Conditions apply.

For more information about what you need to bring and to book your place, call the centre on 4639 2755 as soon as possible as places fill up fast. We will endeavour to teach you what you want to learn.

Return to top