GREAT Lakes Council has placed the Great Lakes Active Ageing Strategy on public exhibition and comments are invited from the Great Lakes community. Earlier this year, Great Lakes Council partnered with COTA NSW (formerly Council on the Ageing) to develop the Ageing Strategy for the Great Lakes.
The document outlines a number of actions within the eight domains developed by the World Health Organisation (WHO) Active Ageing Program – outdoor spaces and buildings; transportation; housing; social participation; respect and social inclusion; civic participation and employment; communication and information; and social support and health services.
“The Actions within the Strategy identify – what Council can do, what others can do and what you can do” said Ms Lyndie Hepple, Council’s Community Services Coordinator.
“The World Health Organisation defines Active Ageing as ‘the process of optimising opportunities for health, participation and security in order to enhance quality of life as people age’, so it’s about shifting the way society thinks about ageing from a medical model (illness, incapacity, care) to a social model (inclusion, participation, contribution),” said Ms Hepple.
Council is in the process of applying to WHO for membership of the Global Network of Age-friendly Cities and Communities.
Council is inviting anyone who would like to comment on the Active Ageing Strategy to provide their feedback.
The Strategy can be downloaded from Council’s website (www.greatlakes.nsw.gov.au) or hard copies can be inspected at Council offices and libraries.
Submissions or will be accepted via email to email@example.com or post (PO Box 450 Forster NSW 2428) and must be received by close of business on Friday 26 September 2014.