Summary

Join an online seminar or workshop to learn more about your Apple computer, watch or iPad. Master the art of chess, or become a chess coach. Join the U3A Yarra City's Connecting community group session. Hear from experts at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute - Diseases of the brain seminar, or from the Macular Disease Foundation Australia about Age-related macular degeneration.

Victorian Seniors Festival 2021 Online events learning and discussion

Scams and Staying Cyber Safe - Fri 1 Oct 2pm - 3pm

Presented by City of Greater Geelong and nbn

Hear about the latest Cyber Scams in Australia and learn how to protect yourself.

Guest speaker, Rebecca Moonen, NBN's Security and Privacy Influence and Cyber Safety Outreach Manager will provide all the latest facts and provide tips to stay safe.

This event is free and registration is essential via email to NBN sessions


AUSOM is keep'n on! Online seminar - Sat 2 October 9am - 4pm. 

Presented by AUSOM - Apple Users Society of Melbourne

Visit the Apple Users Society Of Melbourne online from the comfort of your own home.

AUSOM is a social group that provides information and help for Apple computers, iDevices, and related software.

9.00am - 9.50am 1. iPad Beginners,  2. Finder Fundamentals,  3. Internet Plus,  4. Keynote Magic.

iPad Beginners: Do you have a new iPad, or one passed on from a family member? Are you in the dark about how it works and how to make the best use of it? Now's your chance to find out more and enjoy using this useful device.

Finder Fundamentals: This meeting will help you make better use of the Finder on your Mac.

Internet Plus: At this session you can ask question and find out how to manage browsers, search engines, the internet, online security and much more.

Keynote Magic: Have you ever wanted to try animation? Apple's Keynote is a free app that can be used to create pictures that illustrate stories and also create 2D animations. In this session we will have some fun animating a simple story using Keynote on the Mac. Now's your chance to start learning the basics of this absorbing and useful hobby.

10.00am  - 10.50am 1. Creativity,  2. FileMaker,  3. Mobile Multimedia,  4. Beginners.

Creativity: Have you ever wanted to give a gift from the heart to a friend or loved one but are unsure where to start? In this session Pam will have some fun using Apple's Pages to create a Photo Book. Now's your chance to learn the basics of this absorbing and useful hobby. With some photos, a little imagination and Pam's advice you will be able to create a memorable anniversary or Christmas gift.

Are you confident filling in online forms? Find out how to make better use of Preview. 
The Preview app is Apple's office workhorse and supports over thirty image file types, including .jpeg, .png, .tiff, .gif and .pdf. PDF is a universal file format and can be opened 
on any computer or device. Today Susan will use her Mac to create a .pdf from any other file format, and use Preview tools to mark it up, then email the .pdf without keeping a copy. If time permits other beginner topics will be discussed, so come and seek solutions.

11.00am  -  11.50am AUSOM Main Presentation.

We've been Australia's major Apple User Group for over forty years. What makes AUSOM relevant today? Today's Main Presentation will give an overview of AUSOM's Special Interest Groups. Find out what AUSOM has to offer.

12noon - 12.30pm AUSOM News@Noon.

1.30pm - 2.20pm 1. iPad Coach,  2. macOS Intermediate,  3. Genealogy,  4. GarageBand.

iPad Coach: Annie will focus on a bunch of goodies today. Find out how to get the best out of Apps like Google Earth, Podcasts, iTunes U, Spotify and Tips. Now's your chance to turn your iPad into the clever and useful device it was designed to be. 

macOS Intermediate: Dive deep into the workings of your Mac and the Operating System. A wealth of information is discussed. 

GarageBand: Ever wanted to make a film score, a podcast, or write a song. Come along to our workshop style session which offers a project-based journey through GarageBand on the iPad and on the Mac. We will explore new ways of recording and composing music and creating accompanying visuals.

2.30pm - 3.20pm 1. Digital Photography,  2. Inside The News,  3. iPhone.

Three very worthwhile sessions hosted by very experienced Apple Users. 

Digital Photography: Demonstrations vary from Guests and practical 'How-To's', Cameras, Software and everything in between.

Inside the News SIG - Now's your chance to find out some more incredible things your iPhone can do. This SIG's focus is on iPhone and Apple Watch. Ask questions and get answers from an expert.

3.30pm - 4.00pm Help 

Help: a session where question from the day will be answered. Register at the AUSOM website: ausom.net.au/seniors-festival-2021/


Ask AUSOM anything about Apple - Wednesdays throughout Festival 3pm - 4pm

Presented AUSOM - Apple Users Society of Melbourne

Visit the Apple Users Society Of Melbourne online from the comfort of your own home. Every Wednesday you can Ask AUSOM Anything (related to your Apple computers, iDevices and software). Our experienced AUSOM members will help you find solutions to your problem. Don't be shy. The answer to your question could help others with the same problem.
This event is free and registration is essential. Register at the AUSOM website: ausom.net.au/seniors-festival-2021/

Please join the Zoom meeting by: 2.55pm

Wednesday 6th October 3.00pm to 4.00pm
Wednesday 13th October 3.00pm to 4.00pm
Wednesday 20th October 3.00pm to 4.00pm
Wednesday 27th October 3.00pm to 4.00pm


Learn chess opening moves - Mon 4 Oct & Tues 5 Oct 11am - 12pm

Presented by Kids Unlimited

Build your mental muscles with an online chess lesson! Learn opening moves and advanced strategies. Join one or join both sessions.

This event is free. For more information contact David on 1300 424 377, or email. Registration is essential. Register here.


Healthy Ageing Tuesday Talks - Tues 5 Oct - Tues 26 Oct 

Presented by the City of Melbourne

Let's talk about Ageism - Tuesday 5 October 10.30am - 11.30am

Join this online morning tea to talk about ageism, what we know about it, our experiences of it and how we can help challenge it.

Stay safe online - Tuesday 12 October 2pm - 3pm

Learn useful tips to stay safe online including what to do with dodgy emails, setting good passwords, entering card or bank details online, trusting websites, anti-virus software and more.

Navigating services online - Tuesday 19 October 2pm - 3pm

Learn how to use government services online to access information or funding related to your health including My Aged Care, My Health Record and Medicare.

My Aged Care - Tuesday 26 October 2pm - 3pm

Join the Melbourne Council Regional Assessment Services to learn about My Aged Care including how it works, how to access services, the assessment process and different type of funded care to support people to live at home.

How to register:
Sessions are held via Zoom. Everyone is welcome. For more information or to register, speak to a friendly member of the Healthy Ageing team on 9658 9190 or
email healthyageing@melbourne.vic.gov.au


Becoming a chess coach - Fri 8 Oct 11am - 1pm

Presented by Kids Unlimited

Learn how you can teach chess as a hobby or a part time job

This event is free. For more information contact David on 1300 424 377, or email. Registration is essential. Register here.


Connecting community groups online workshop - Tues 5 Oct 10.15am

Presented by the U3A Yarra City

U3A Yarra City invites you to participate in an online workshop on building connections among interested communities. This event will be online via Zoom and is a chance for interested community groups to engage with the City of Yarra Healthy Ageing Plan 2021-2023, and develop strategies to foster active and healthy ageing in the City of Yarra.

U3A Yarra City are building on the connections with interested community groups to organise a creative discussion about tailoring the big concepts of the UN Decade of Healthy Ageing into action at the local level that fits our specific environment and demographics.

Our keynote speaker is Dr Sandro Demaio, CEO VicHealth. Followed by discussion by participants of the City of Yarra Active and Healthy Ageing Plan.

This event is free. For more information contact Helen on 0400 060 192, or email. Registration is essential. Register here via Email for Zoom link


Diseases of the brain - Thurs 7 Oct 2pm - 3.30pm

Presented by the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute

Hear from leading scientists in this online event about the latest research into Parkinson's disease and other neurodegenerative diseases

This seminar, hosted by the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute, will be held online only.  An email providing you with a link to join the meeting will be sent prior to the event.
The Walter and Eliza Hall Institute, established in 1915, is a world-renowned medical research organisation with more than 800 scientists working across many research areas including cancer, infectious disease, immune disorders and neurodegenerative disease. This is your opportunity to join our online seminar to learn more about the Institute, and you will hear from one of our leading scientists with an update on our latest research into Parkinson's Disease, neurodegenerative disease and dementia.

This event is free and registration is essential. Register at the WEHI website.


AUSOM Retirees & Others - Satellite Group Meeting - Wed 13 Oct 10am - 12pm

Presented by AUSOM - Apple Users Society of Melbourne

AUSOM Retirees & Others is a small group, hosted by Judy Young, that meets on the second Wednesday morning each month. Today, iPad educator, Annie Cumming will demonstrate a variety of iPad apps, that will inspire e.g. Books, Notes, Pottery, Zen-View, FaceTime, Browsers and Settings (focussing on Accessibility).

This event is free and registration is essential. For more information call 0421 126 175 or email. Register at the AUSOM website: ausom.net.au/seniors-festival-2021/


Wills and Powers of Attorney - Wed 13 Oct 2pm - 3pm

Presented by State Trustees

Hear from the expert panel at State Trustees, who know the ins and outs of both Wills and Powers of attorney as they cover:

  • Why you need a will and powers of attorney
  • Essentials to include – it goes beyond money and the house
  • Common mistakes to avoid
  • What happens if you don’t have a will – it’s complicated

The webinar will be hosted on Zoom.

Free, however registration is essential via Eventbrite.
The link to access the event will be provided when you register.


Planning Ahead Talks with Seniors Rights Victoria - Thurs 14 Oct 11am - 12pm

Presented by the City of Glen Eira

Your Choices Your Values

Join Senior’s Rights Victoria community education talks about planning ahead, including a discussion about money, ageing and family. The talks include a presentation and Q&A session. All sessions are free.

Planning ahead as you age can be challenging. There are many lifestyle choices to consider. Your preferences are important. Sometimes you might need a support person to assist you in communicating decisions. A Care Directive can help you consider some of these choices and put them in writing.

Free, however registration is essential via Trybooking
The link to access the event will be provided when you register.

For more information please call 03 9524 3333 or email seniorsfestival@gleneira.vic.gov.au


Age-related Macular Degeneration - Thurs 14 Oct 2pm – 3pm

Presented by Macular Disease Foundation Australia

Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is Australia's leading cause of legal blindness, with 1 in 7 Australians over the age of 50 having some sign of the disease.

In this webinar, the Macular Disease Foundation Australia will teach you:
- What is AMD
- Who is at risk
- How risk factors can be controlled
- What symptoms to be aware of
- Lifestyle and nutritional changes to reduce risk and slow progression

You will have the opportunity to ask questions to a qualified eye health educator and to receive a free AMD information pack.

This event is free and registration is essential. Register at the AMD website.


Brainwaves - Mon 18 Oct 10.30am - 12pm 

Presented by Balla Balla Community Centre

Concerned about your memory, would you like to know more about memory improvement?

BRAINWAVES explains how memory works and the changes that can occur as we age, health, attitude and lifestyle all effect our memory. During this workshop we offer practical tips to assist you to improve it through a fun, interactive discussion.

This event is free and registration is essential. Email admin@ballaballa.com.au or via the website https://www.ballaballa.com.au/contact/ 

Alternatively a message can be left by calling 5990 0900.


Elders Rights Advocacy - Mon 18 Oct 11am - 12pm

Presented by the City of Glen Eira

Advocacy and your aged care rights when accessing or seeking to access aged care services to support older people’s right to quality care. Facilitated by Kaylene Cahill from Elders Rights Advocacy. Kaylene will provide an overview of Elder Rights Advocacy (ERA) services and answer any questions you have.

Free, however registration is essential via Trybooking
The link to access the event will be provided when you register.

For more information please call 03 9524 3333 or email seniorsfestival@gleneira.vic.gov.au


Transitioning to Retirement: Volunteering - Tues 19 Oct 10am - 11am

Presented by the City of Glen Eira

How to get involved in volunteering? Facilitated by Volunteering Victoria. Volunteering Victoria is the state peak body for volunteering, focusing on advocacy, sector development and the promotion of volunteering.

Free, however registration is essential via Trybooking
The link to access the event will be provided when you register.

For more information please call 03 9524 3333 or email seniorsfestival@gleneira.vic.gov.au


Your Medical Decision Maker - Wed 20 Oct 11am - 12pm

Presented by the City of Glen Eira

Your Medical Decision Maker will be the person/s, who makes decisions for your medical care when you’re not able to make these decisions either temporarily or permanently. Who you choose to do this is an important decision and it’s not always clear who is the best person to appoint. The Your Medical Decision Maker session will discuss how to choose and appoint the person/s who will respect your values and preferences.

Free, however registration is essential via Trybooking
The link to access the event will be provided when you register.

For more information please call 03 9524 3333 or email seniorsfestival@gleneira.vic.gov.au


AUSOM Mornington meeting - Thurs 21 Oct 6.30pm - 8.30pm

Presented by AUSOM - Apple Users Society of Melbourne

AUSOM Mornington Group is a small but very friendly Group hosted by Neil  Shelley. Visitors from everywhere are welcome at the Monthly meeting that provides information and help relating to Apple computers, iDevices and various software. So do join us. Don't be shy. Your question may help another who want help with the same issue.

6.35 pm - 7.00 pm Presentation: Things you can do with a locked iPhone. 
7.00pm - 7.25pm Presentation: What's new with iPadOS 15.
7.35 pm - 8.00 pm Q&A An experienced AUSOM Users will provide solutions for your questions about Mac, iPad, and iPhone and Apple Watch.

This event is free and registration is essential. For more information call 0421 126 175 or email. Register at the AUSOM website: ausom.net.au/seniors-festival-2021/


Your Powers of Attorney - Thurs 21 Oct 11am - 12pm

Presented by the City of Glen Eira

When you make an Enduring Power of Attorney you are giving someone the power to make important decisions for you at a vulnerable time of your life. You need to choose someone who can stand in your place and make the decision you would make yourself if you had decision-making ability. An Enduring Power of Attorney is a legal document that lets you appoint a person to make financial and personal decisions.

Come along and find out how you decide on the right person/s to appoint and other key sections of the documents.

Free, however registration is essential via Trybooking
The link to access the event will be provided when you register.

For more information please call 03 9524 3333 or email seniorsfestival@gleneira.vic.gov.au


In Conversation with the Glen Eira Historical Society - Fri 22 Oct 11am - 12pm

Presented by the City of Glen Eira

Join Historian Alicia Cerreto as she delves into glen Eira Historical society’s “treasure trove” collection and uncovers a few surprising tales.
Don’t miss this special behind the scenes tour, celebrating nearly 50 years of GEHS.

Free, however registration is essential via Trybooking
The link to access the event will be provided when you register.

For more information please call 03 9524 3333 or email seniorsfestival@gleneira.vic.gov.au


Ageing in your own home - Mon 25 Oct 10.30am - 12pm

Presented by Balla Balla Community Centre

Do you or someone you know need assistance with understanding My Aged Care and how to navigate the system relevant to home care packages?

Find out more about services that are available, who provides them, what you are eligible for and how to apply, and things you need to know as you progress through the system. Individual support and follow up can be provided.

Registration essential via email admin@ballaballa.com.au or register at the website www.ballaballa.com.au/contact/
For more information please call 5990 0900.


In Conversation: Healthy ageing with our LGBTI+ Community - Tues 26 Oct 10.30am - 11.30am

Presented by the City of Glen Eira

Join Pauline Crameri from Val’s LGBTI Ageing and Aged Care and Meredith Butler from Switchboard Victoria’s Out & About LGBTI Community Visiting Program for a conversation about the experiences of older lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI+) people.

Sharing life experiences and strengths contributed to the Glen Eira community. How can our activities and community groups be more relevant to older LGBTI+ community. Speakers will share their insights followed by Q & A.

Free, however registration is essential via Trybooking
The link to access the event will be provided when you register.

For more information please call 03 9524 3333 or email seniorsfestival@gleneira.vic.gov.au


Safe driving for seniors - Thu 28 Oct 1pm - 2pm    

Presented by Rosanna Fire Station Community House

This is a VicRoads safety awareness presentation for older road users. Information covered on how to keep older drivers safe and mobile, road rules, the effects of medication and strategies for safe mobility.

This session is free. 

232 Lower Plenty Road Rosanna

Bookings are essential. Contact Marie on 9458 1935 or email Rossana Fire Station Community House

Check out an online Festival Reimagined performance. Updated monthly until the end of the year.

Check out our online Body and Soul events for October.