Social connection, transport, outdoor spaces, health, wellbeing and volunteering: these are just a few of the essential ingredients that make for a longer, happier life, according to an Age Friendly Charter launched in Mt Barker this week.
The Charter sets out a road map that reflects the voice of older community members living in Plantagenet, Albany and Denmark, who are living longer, healthier lives, and have the right to age well.
Nine strategic aspirations and supporting outcome areas will guide how all those involved will collaborate to achieve better outcomes, which reflects the shire of Plantagenet’s commitment to be a great place for older people to live well, and to listen and respond to their needs.
WA Primary Health Alliance, via its Country WA PHN, led the development of the Charter, working in close partnership with Lower Great Southern community members, service providers and local governments.
WA Primary Health Alliance Regional Manager Great Southern, Lesley Pearson, said ageing well was vital to the health and wellbeing of communities, particularly those in the Lower Great Southern, which has a greater population of people over 60 than the WA regional average.
“It requires much more than access to quality healthcare; it also needs a strong commitment across the board to make our various communities a great place for older people to live,” Ms Pearson said.
Federal Member for O’Connor, Rick Wilson, said the Charter was a great example of the impact local communities can have when they can decide what works best for them.
“We know our population is ageing and so I commend the Country WA PHN and all others involved for their foresight in setting a clear path for the future,” Mr Wilson said.
“We need to have structures in place now to allow us to remain healthy, active and living at home for as long as possible to make our lives as meaningful and enjoyable as possible, and reduce the impact on health and social services systems.”
To read the Charter and to become a signatory, visit https://www.wapha.org.au/age-friendly-charter/
This activity has been made possible through funding provided by the Australian Government under the PHN Program.
Fiona Clark, Corporate Affairs Advisor, WA Primary Health Alliance
Tel: 0437 563 735 Email: fiona.clark @wapha.org.au
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