Council unveils Healthy & Active Ageing Plan

Published on 09 October 2019

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Yarra Ranges Council has endorsed a Healthy & Active Ageing Plan (2019-2023) (HAAP) at last night’s Council Meeting, setting Council’s direction in improving the quality of life for its older residents.

The plan identifies a number of opportunities and issues facing older residents within Yarra Ranges, such as the expected rise in the number of older residents, higher rates of preventable health issues such as dementia and access to appropriate housing.

Mayor of Yarra Ranges Council, Cr Tony Stevenson said, “As is the case around Australia we have an ageing population, so this plan is vital in identifying what we need to consider in supporting and engaging with our valued seniors.”

“The plan has been developed through a mixture of community and internal consultation and external expertise, along with a review of relevant data and literature.”

“Our Positive Ageing Reference Group has also been closely involved with the development of this plan.”

Regular engagement through surveys, formal consultations and activities such as the senior’s festival are just some of the ways that Council continues to keep in step with the changing needs of its older residents.

Using the World Health Organisation’s Age-friendly Cities Framework (2007), four priority areas have been identified for the HAAP:

  • Priority Area 1: The views of older residents will influence service and policy decisions
  • Priority Area 2: The older community will enjoy life-long economic, social and civic participation
  • Priority Area 3: Age-friendly environments enable people to age in place with dignity and support
  • Priority Area 4: Older residents will be healthy and connected to their communities of choice

Council’s Positive Ageing Reference Group developed this vision for the Healthy & Active Ageing Plan:

Yarra Ranges will be the best place in the world for people to grow old. Older residents will feel respected and be able to live, participate in, and influence their community of choice.

Council will work in partnership with the community, relevant local services and other levels of government to develop the resources required to deliver the plan.

You can view the Healthy & Active Ageing Plan (2019-2023) from the Council Meeting Agenda here.

Find out more about the services available for older residents in the Yarra Ranges, including this year’s Seniors Festival at https://www.yarraranges.vic.gov.au/Community/Seniors.