Age-friendly Queensland

“An Age-friendly community is an inclusive and accessible environment that promotes active ageing”

The Age-friendly Cities and Communities program is a global initiative of the World Health Organisation to address the environments and social factors that contribute to active and healthy ageing in societies.

The World Health Organisation has created a checklist of essential features to assist communities to become age-friendly. Governments, organisations and individuals can use this checklist to match their own experiences of their community’s characteristics and barriers:

  • Outdoor spaces and buildings
  • Transportation
  • Housing
  • Social participation
  • Respect and social inclusion
  • Civic participation and employment
  • Communication and information
  • Community and health services

COTA Queensland is working with governments, non-government organisations, businesses, and seniors to promote age-friendly communities. In particular COTA Queensland is interested in hearing from local governments about how they can be assisted to:

  • explore the most effective ways for councils to plan for positive ageing in their local areas
  • improve safety and access to public spaces and community buildings (such as shopping centres)
  • explore new models for senior citizens centres to ensure they are relevant
  • find more effective ways to engage socially isolated people
  • develop ways to get older people involved in planning for positive ageing in their communities
  • create better ways to use the skills and experience of older people.

If you are interested in knowing more about the movement for Age-friendly Cities and Communities, please contact COTA Queensland on phone 1300 738 348 or email policy@cotaqld.org.au

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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