We know people aged over 70 are at greater risk of serious illness from COVID-19. We are deeply grateful to each and every one of you who has rolled up your sleeve to get vaccinated.
That is our pathway forward, to a better future.
Information about Covid-19 vaccination can be found here: https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/health-and-wellbeing/covid-19-vaccination-nsw
Or the National Coronavirus COVID-19 Vaccine Helpline – 1800 020 080 (24-hour helpline)
We also know social isolation is a real risk. Please reach out to friends or family by phone or online. I encourage you to embrace online Seniors activities which can be found here:
Seniors Card and Tech Savvy Seniors
Make the most of your NSW Seniors Card and its 7,500 deal and discount providers, including groceries and energy bill savings. See here: www.seniorscard.nsw.gov.au or call 13 77 88.
You’ve embraced new technology with more than 80 percent of NSW Seniors Card holders using a computer or smartphone. But remember there’s the free Tech Savvy Seniors Program if you would like to learn more about online technology. This can open a world of online social activities and educational programs.
See here: https://www.training.nsw.gov.au/ace/tech_savvy_seniors.html or call 13 28 11.
Other Support and Phone Contacts
A lifetime of effort has earnt much-deserved recognition. Please know the NSW Government is here to support you. Other useful contacts are here:
Service NSW – information and advice for NSW residents and businesses 13 77 88
National Coronavirus Helpline 1800 020 080
Coronavirus Disability Information Helpline 1800 643 787
Translating and Interpreting Services – free help in your language – 13 14 50
Specialist Mental Health Services 1800 011 511
Ageing and Disability Abuse Helpline 1800 628 221 (Monday – Friday 9am – 5pm)
I especially encourage senior women, who are more likely to live alone, to engage with the Older Women’s Network (02) 9519 8044.
There’s so much to look forward to, such as the NSW Seniors Festival. While events may look a little different right now, please know we still see you, we hear you, we recognise you.
We look up to you, we are inspired by you and we support you.
As Isaac Newton