Age Friendly Community
The City of Busselton launched a new initiative in 2011 with the aim of adopting a 'age friendly community'. The 'Age Friendly Community Project' helped to encourage active ageing by optimizing opportunities for health, participation and security in order to enhance quality of life as people age. The Age Friendly Communities approach adopted a locally-driven and ‘bottom-up’ approach that begun with the experience of seniors, carers and service providers regarding what is, and what is not, age-friendly, and what can be done to improve our community’s age-friendliness.
As part of this project the City of Busselton conducted a number of interviews, surveys and community group consultations with public, private and voluntary service providers and seniors to provide a complete picture of the community’s strong points and barriers in regard to age-friendliness.
Age Friendly Community findings:
The overall feedback from the consultation was very positive with views expressed at meetings, which were further substantiated by written surveys that seniors;
- Enjoyed living in Busselton;
- Appreciated the lifestyle, the amenities and the services available;
- Complementary of the Busselton Senior Citizens Centre which participants saw as providing an active social hub, affordable meals and a wide range of activities;
- Highly acknowledged the services provided by Busselton Elderly Support Services (BESS), Meals on Wheels, CapeCare and other similar organisations.
Additionally, participants identified areas for improvement, the top four priority improvement areas identified by the community include;
- Support for seniors in their homes;
- A focus on good health and fitness;
- Increased health care options in the City;
- Respect and inclusion for seniors.
The City believes these priority areas provide realistic strategic direction to develop ‘an age friendly community’ and that the recommendations from the community to deliver these are also practical and achievable.
The Age Friendly Report can be downloaded at the link below. To access a hard copy and or if you would more information please contact the Community Development Officer Naomi Davey on (08) 9781 0496 or email@example.com
The Age Friendly Community Project was also supported by the Department for Communities and Southwest Development Commission.