Ageing is a triumph of modern life. People are living longer than any generation before them. This means that if people retire at 65 years of age, acknowledging some people will work much longer, there is a whole lot of living still to be done. How people utilise these years is the basis of Council's Active Ageing approach.
Campbelltown City Council was one of the first 5 Councils in South Australia to become an age friendly community. This involved undertaking a self assessment and planning to make improvements.
The five pillars of being an age friendly community include:
- Physical Environment: this pillar looks at how the physical environment supports people to age well including footpaths, crossings, ramps, open space, outdoor furniture, lighting, safety, car parking and facilities
- Health, wellbeing and services: access to health information and health services, access to free computers and internet, lifelong learning, transport, home support services, social programs
- Housing: housing suitability, housing mix, supported housing, new models of housing, housing modifications
- Participation: Council events, intergenerational activities, employment, volunteering, caring, community engagement and consultation, social inclusion and accessibility of services, opportunities to participate and connect
- Planning: how Council plans to support people to age well in Campbelltown
If you have any questions or comments about active ageing please contact Tracy Johnstone on 8336 9214.