“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
- 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.
Access the Age-friendly Community Toolkit – your go-to guide to bringing age-friendly initiatives to life in your community.
For more information on Age-friendly visit www.communities.qld.gov.au/seniors/queensland-age-friendly-community
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 email@example.com