Direction from Seniors

Learn how the City will continue to promote and foster and age-friendly community and create opportunities for seniors that enhance social participation.

As a member of the World Health Organisation's Age-Friendly global network, the City of Melville has gathered information from our community to ensure we continue to work towards being more age-friendly.

Over the past four years we have gathered almost 1,000 survey responses and supported a range of initiatives in response to what you told us. Some of the great outcomes have included:

  • continuing the popular South of the River Forums in partnership with Council on the Ageing to cover topics on things you have told us you would like to hear about, including housing choices, aged care options, healthy lifestyles and well-being.
  • establishing the Digital Hub in 2014 to provide seniors with small group or one on one training in using smartphones, computers, learn about cyber safety;
  • establishing our Access Advisory Panel in 2013 to represent the views of people with disabilities, carers and older people for input into Council decisions
  • establishing MAFAB (Melville Age-Friendly and Accessible Businesses) network in 2016 to give your feedback to local businesses on what would make businesses more age-friendly and finally;
  • working with Garden City, Coffea Fine Espresso, Alzheimer’s Australia WA and Attitudinal Healing WA to host the very first Memory Cafe

Over the next few months we will analyse all the information we have gathered and develop a strategy; Directions from Seniors 2017 – 2022, outlining goals and actions based on what you have told us to guide us over the next 5 years. This document will be available in July 2017.

Directions from Seniors

The strategy aims to create an age-friendly City within the framework of the WHO global network of age-friendly cities by promoting active ageing, removing and preventing barriers that people encounter as they grow older and ensuring policies, services and structures related to the physical and social environment are designed to support and enable seniors to age actively by creating opportunities that enhance social participation, making it a more enjoyable City for all.

The City of Melville continues to build on its previous achievements, working towards an Age-Friendly Melville to advance the aspirations and wellbeing of the ageing community. The City also supports and advocates for seniors regarding infrastructure, housing requirements, programs and services, and supports local business and not for profits to understand and adapt to an ageing community.

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