Programs FAQs

Programs FAQs

Seniors Peer Education Centre
Strength for Life



Seniors Peer Education Centre

What do you provide?
The Seniors Peer Education Centre provides free of charge to seniors groups and organisations a trained peer educator who will facilitate interactive information sessions within an established group or club setting on a variety of health and well-being topics relevant to people aged 50 years and over, their Carers and families

The Seniors Peer Education Centre is also available on a fee for service basis to provide advice and consultation on the development and implementation of peer education programs to people aged 50 years and over.

Can you implement National programs?
Yes, COTA SA has undertaken a number of very successful national peer education programs which have been developed and coordinated nationally through COTA SA, these include the National Falls Prevention project funded by the Department of Health and Ageing Canberra and the National ‘beyond maturityblues’ project funded by beyondblue: the national depression initiative. COTA SA also coordinated the Seniors Quality Use of Medicines program funded by NPS in five states and territories.

Who presents the material to the public?
The information is provided free of charge utilising trained volunteer ‘peer educators’ – people aged 50 years and over to their peers in seniors groups, clubs and organisations.

Is COTA SA available to assist other organisations to develop their own peer education projects?
Yes, COTA SA will assist organisations on a consultancy basis. A fee for service will be incurred and the amount will vary depending on the level of consultation and support provided.

Who will I contact for more information on your consultancy service?
Contact the Head of Programs and Innovation for more information by phoning 08 82320422 or email krawlings@cotasa.org.au or cotasa@cotasa.org.au

Are there opportunities for peer educators to undertake other activities within or on behalf of COTA SA?
Yes, due to the nature of peer education and the regular contact peer educators have with older people in the community through the peer education sessions, some peer educators are COTA SA representatives on Boards and Committees including the Queen Elizabeth Hospital and Royal; Adelaide Hospital. Within our peer education program peer educators also have the opportunity to assist with administration and promotional tasks associated with the project.

Strength for Life

Will I develop large muscles and look like a weightlifter?
Supervised strength training will safely improve the muscular strength of a participant no matter what their age, but is not likely to make a person look huge.

I have a chronic health condition. Will I still be able to take part in a SFL program?
Strength training can have significant health and lifestyle benefits. There is a focus on exercises that are functional and produce improvements to lifestyle, and everyone has their own individual program. Current research shows that most chronic conditions can be improved or maintained with a progressive resistance program.

Will somebody show me how to perform the exercises?
All new clients have a one-on-one assessment with a qualified SFL instructor or exercise physiologist, a program is developed and the client is taken through the program. At each subsequent session there is a dedicated SFL instructor overseeing the SFL clients.

Do I have to become a member of the Fitness Centre?
The majority of Centres offer single visit prices or 10 visit cards. At some Centres it is more cost effective to become a member.

I have never exercised before. Is SFL safe for me?
Supervised strength training is not a high risk activity for over 50s