On April 30 2012, COTA Queensland was host to Dr Alexandre Kalache who presented a free lecture at the State Library of Queensland.
Dr Alex Kalache pioneered the concept of “active ageing” and developed the Global Movement on Age-friendly Cities whilst at the World Health Organisation. He was head of the WHO Ageing and Life Course Programme from 1995 to 2007.
He was the Thinker in Residence for the South Australian Government, and acts as an advisor on age-related issues to a wide range of bodies from national, state and city governments to public and private agencies across the globe.
“An age-friendly community is an inclusive and accessible environment that promotes active ageing.”
The Age-friendly Environments programme is an international effort by the World Health Organisation (WHO) to address the factors that contribute to active and healthy ageing.
Queenslanders are living longer and most are living active, independent lives and want to continue to participate in community life. Ensuring that older people enjoy an active role in their community not only improves their quality of life, it also contributes to the social and economic wellbeing of Queensland.
Access the closed caption transcript here.