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.
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.