An age-friendly community is where older people are valued, respected and actively engaged in their community. They can stay in touch with people they care about and find the services and support they need. Age-friendly communities are more liveable for everyone.
The Queensland: an age-friendly community - strategic direction statement Queensland: an age-friendly community - strategic direction statement was launched by the Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk MP, Premier and Minister for the Arts and the Honourable Coralee O’Rourke MP, Minister for Disability Services, Minister for Seniors and Minister Assisting the Premier on North Queensland on 20 April 2016. The strategic direction statement provides a framework that builds on the existing work and investment made by government.
The strategic direction statement was developed following an extensive consultation process that involved many people across the state including people from multicultural communities, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elders and the LGBTI community. The Queensland Government also held forums with community and seniors groups, university experts, local government, the Australian Government and state government agencies.
There were more than 9,000 responses to an online community survey on how Queensland can be more age-friendly.
On Wednesday 22 June 2016, the Honourable Coralee O’Rourke MP, Minister for Disability Services, Minister for Seniors and Minister Assisting the Premier on North Queensland launched the Queensland: an age-friendly community – Action Plan Queensland: an age-friendly community – Action Plan which provides a clear way forward to direct the implementation and delivery of age-friendly communities in Queensland.
The Action Plan also includes activities and initiatives as committed in the government’s response to the Parliamentary Inquiry into the adequacy of existing financial protections for Queensland’s seniors.
Timeframes for progressing actions are outlined in the accompanying Implementation Schedule for 2016-17 and 2017-18 .
There is an increasing emphasis on planning towards ‘age-friendly’ cities and communities that are designed to value the contribution of older people and ensure their access to all aspects of community life.
The World Health Organization developed an age-friendly Cities model in 2007 and more recently an age-friendly world model. These models are based on eight domains that assess a community’s age-friendliness, which are:
The age-friendly approach is recognised globally as a useful and effective way to improve the lives of older people. However, it also benefits people of all ages.
An age-friendly community ensures people are free from age-related barriers that prevent their participation and inclusion. Older people are most likely to experience these types of barriers so they are likely to benefit most from an age-friendly approach.
Policies, services and structures are designed to support and enable older people to live in safety, enjoy good health, and continue to participate fully in society, accessing services as needed.
Queensland has an ageing population, a trend that is consistent with many countries across the world. About 14% of Queensland's population (or nearly 660,000 people) was aged 65 years and over in 2014. This is projected to rise to almost 20% by 2036.
For this reason, we have adopted the age-friendly approach as a basis for this new strategy for older Queenslanders.
The strategy will provide us an age-friendly vision for the whole community to work towards.
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