City of Boroondara (Vic)
Creating an Age-Friendly Community
Commonwealth Home Support Program providers – Inner regional
- Community engagement and/or co-design
- Health and wellbeing
- Social participation and lifestyle
About this program
In 2012, the City of Boroondara was recognised by the World Health Organisation (WHO) as an age-friendly city; a place where older people live safely, enjoy good health and stay involved. The City of Boroondara was one of only six Australian cities to have received this recognition at that time.
The development of age-friendly places is a process that actively incorporates older people in decision making, implementation and evaluation of plans of action to bring sustainable change.
The City of Boroondara’s Creating an Age-friendly Strategy 2014-19 fulfils the organisation’s commitment to the Global Network of Age-friendly Cities and Communities, which has enabled the organisation to deliver a series of actions that develop and maintain the functional ability enabling wellbeing in older age.
Some of the key outcomes and achievements resulting from the Creating an Age-friendly Strategy and associated plans include:
- Casserole Club – a meal sharing and community strengthening project.
- Telling Tales – interviews with seniors about memories and experiences which led to the development of a theatrical presentation.
- Walk, Rest and Talk – a map/brochure series offering seniors a safe and easy walking route with information about available amenities.
- Adult outdoor fitness – outdoor fitness equipment supported by a local YMCA fitness program
- Share Care and Connect – a toolkit which assists individuals, community groups and local organisations to support community sharing groups, projects or activities.
- Active Ageing Hub – a digital directory of programs and activities for over 55s.
- Dementia Friendly Community – to help people remain independent for longer.
- Annual Age-friendly Forum – an annual forum with a different theme each year held during the Victorian Seniors Festival