Indigo recognised by WHO Global Network for Age-friendly Communities

Published on 14 November 2019

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Indigo Shire Council has been welcomed as a member of the World Health Organization Global Network for Age-Friendly Cities and Communities.

Indigo Shire Mayor, Jenny O’Connor said recognition by WHO is testament to our commitment to creating an age-friendly community.

“We are honoured to receive this acknowledgement of our work to improve the lives of older people living in Indigo Shire.

“Ageing isn’t what it used to be. People are living longer and more active lives and it’s important that we are able to meet the needs of our older residents.

“We know that 45 per cent of people living in Indigo Shire are over the age of 50 and people over 65 make up more than 20 per cent of the population. With an ageing population, our goal is to celebrate ageing and provide opportunities for good health, social and economic participation and personal security,” Cr O’Connor said.

Indigo Shire Council’s Ageing Well Strategy, endorsed earlier this year, outlines plans to create an age-friendly community.

“Since the introduction of the Ageing Well Strategy, we’ve introduced a number of initiatives to increase social and civic participation of older people including the Rutherglen Skillshare and Repair Café, as well as supporting new skill-sharing initiatives at the Chiltern Neighbourhood House and Beechworth Repair Café.

“We also have a new Ageing Well Officer on board who has been working closely with the community and local businesses to increase access and inclusion,” Cr O’Connor said.

The Global Network for Age-friendly Cities and Communities was formed in 2010 with the vision of making communities great places to grow old in with the full participation of older people in community life, characterised by healthy and active ageing.

By joining the network, Indigo Shire Council commits to sharing and promoting the values and principles central to the WHO Age-friendly approach.