SA launches age friendly strategy

South Australia has taken another step toward being a better place to age with the launch of the Age Friendly SA Strategy.

 

The Minister for Ageing Zoe Bettison said, "South Australia has one of the highest proportions of older people in the nation, and we know that number is expected to grow.

 

"We all have a role in changing the way we think about ageing in our state, and together with this strategy, we can continue to build communities that are friendly to all ages."

 

The strategy sets out South Australia’s capacity as an age friendly state, where older people are recognised as valued members of the community and as an important resource to society.

 

It brings together expertise from the community and government sectors.

 

The launch of the strategy follows the 2016 State-wide Conversation with Older South Australians.

 

More than 425 older South Australians participated in 50 separate community conversations about what ageing into the future means to them.

 

The Age Friendly SA Strategy is the third strategy to come out of the State Ageing Plan, Prosperity Through Longevity: South Australia’s Ageing Plan, Our Vision 2014-2019.

 

The strategy incorporates three broad themes for action that work across five key priority areas, encouraging partnerships to drive age friendly work.

 

The strategy will be supported by an implementation plan, encouraging age friendly innovation through initiatives and projects from across government and the broader community.

 

Further information can be found at www.sahealth.sa.gov.au.

 

27 May 2017.