We have launched Age-friendly Victoria to make Victoria a better place to grow old and improve the lives of older people.
Governments, community organisations, not-for-profit and businesses have made the commitment through signing the Declaration or Statement of Support and Partner Endorsement to better plan for the needs of seniors and enhance the quality of life for people as they age.
Below are an example of some of the commitments that have been made by organisations, local councils, not-for-profit and community organisations.
Bayside City Council
- Bayside City Council will continue to run a Healthy Ageing Reference Group. Members are from locations across Bayside, age range is 55+, male and female representation and all members have links to broader groups and/or networks across Bayside.
- Council will support the Bayside U3A with two sites in the northern and southern parts of the municipality. Council will also support Men's Shed with a venue and provide ongoing assistance and support to this growing group.
- Council will be developing an updated Ageing Well Action Plan this year, as part of Council’s Wellbeing for All Ages and Abilities Strategy. The action plan will take a whole of organisation approach.
City of Melbourne
- The City of Melbourne's commitment to creating an age-friendly city is highlighted in Melbourne for All People 2014-17 under the Access and Inclusion goal 'Melbourne is a barrier free city for people of all ages and abilities'.
- We are focused on improving outcomes in six theme areas: access and inclusion, safety, connection, health and wellbeing, life-long learning, having a voice.
City of Moreland
Moreland is developing:
- a new Age-Friendly Moreland Strategy in 2017 and has also committed additional funding to Age Friendly Activities during Seniors week
- a comprehensive strategy that build on previous work and enables the development of Age-Friendly environments across the Municipality
- Continuing to involve seniors and other stakeholders in a broad range of health promotion activities across the Shire.
- Encouraging seniors to be involved in activities they are interested in, including community transport, volunteering, lifelong learning and community participation.
- Addressing the built environment, transport, housing, social participation, social inclusion and community support in Council’s strategic planning activities.
Mornington Peninsula Shire
- The Shire to hold annual Positive Ageing Community Summits, for both the Shire and the community to reflect on the progress of strategies in the plan; in particular to capture emerging issues and to ‘check-in’. The inaugural summit was held in 2015 on International Day of the Older Person; this year the Summit will be held in late November.
- The Shire to support and encourage groups to focus on meaningful intergenerational activities. For example, during 2016 the Shire’s Youth Services Team have implemented a major focus on identifying and developing a wide range of intergenerational opportunities across the Mornington Peninsula.
- The Shire has introduced new Mornington Peninsula Delys Sargeant Age Friendly Awards to recognise a local person, business corporation or service that contributes to building a stronger local community for older people who live, work or play on the Mornington Peninsula. The Shire’s official community advisory committee on ageing, PACE, is closely involved in this new initiative.
- The Shire is augmenting its range of communication mechanisms for communicating health and wellbeing information to older people. For example - a new seasonal Positive Ageing Newsletter is now widely distributed across the peninsula and electronically; a new local radio segment has been introduced that discusses issues, opportunities and services that are important to older people.
Mount Alexander Shire Council
Council has committed to supporting senior residents through:
- access and inclusion programs
- in-home support services such as delivered meals and home safety
- the age friendly project
- community wellbeing programs that promote healthy ageing
Continue to offer the following programs, services, initiatives and products for older people:
- RACV Years Ahead Program
- Dementia, driving and mobility guide
- Transport Options for Seniors Guide
- Make the right choice – Vehicle safety advice for older drives
- Mobility Beyond Driving - non-driver advocacy and advice
- Senior Driver Program (delivered through RACV’s Drive School)
- Wheelchair and scooter assist