The strategy has been developed in response to our ageing population as well as Council and community aspirations for an age-friendly city that promotes health and wellbeing for older people.

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The vision of the strategy is to:

Optimise opportunities for health, participation and security in order to enhance quality of life as people age.

The strategy has four theme areas:

Theme 1: Resilient, safe and inclusive communities

This theme captures actions related to social participation, social inclusion and respect and safety, especially for older pedestrians and drivers.

Theme 2: Liveable, sustainable, health-promoting City

With a focus on the built and natural environment this theme area includes actions that directly support and increase older people’s independence and mobility.

Theme 3: Equitable access for all

Community members who experience disadvantage through low-income, insecure housing, language barriers and discrimination are particularly vulnerable in older age when levels of disability and chronic illness can increase and social isolation can occur.

Theme 4: Best practice health and wellbeing planning and leadership

As part of its commitment in joining the World Health Organization's (WHO) Global Network of Age-friendly Cities, Council agreed to adopt a bottom up process for involving older people in the development and implementation of its age-friendly strategy.

For further information contact Wendy Smith, Coordinator of Strategy and Development, Health Active Ageing and Disability Services:

World Health Organization's Global Age-friendly Network

Boroondara was one of the first Victorian councils to join the WHO Global Network of Age-friendly Cities and Communities Program.

The program is an international effort to help cities prepare for a rapidly ageing population and increasing urbanisation.

It sets out a framework for what makes an age-friendly city: focusing on environmental, social and economic factors that influence the health and wellbeing of older adults.