A dis­cus­sion on how to live hap­pier and health­ier

Ovens & Murray Advertiser - - NEWS -

RE­CENTLY at Beech­worth, mem­bers of Indigo U3A hosted a con­ver­sa­tion to iden­tify ar­eas where com­mu­nity ser­vices could be fur­thered to meet age­ing-re­lated needs and as­pi­ra­tions in con­junc­tion with the Indigo Age­ing Well pro­gram.

“Mak­ing a place age­friendly re­quires the pro­vi­sion of ad­e­quate and re­li­able health care - in­clud­ing pro­vi­sion of ed­u­ca­tion and health pro­mo­tion ac­tiv­i­ties ori­ented to age­ing, car­ing for others and in­de­pen­dent liv­ing, and we are pleased that Indigo Shire Coun­cil has re­cently re­ceived an Age Friendly Vic­to­ria grant from the State Gov­ern­ment Depart­ment of Health and Hu­man Ser­vice to as­sist with this project,” Indigo U3A pres­i­dent Pauline Savy said.

“The aim of the grant is to help ru­ral and re­gional com­mu­ni­ties de­velop ideas for se­niors to live hap­pier and health­ier lives and the project will be split into two phas­escon­sul­ta­tion and project im­ple­men­ta­tion, so that age-friendly com­mu­ni­ties can en­cour­age ac- tive age­ing and op­ti­mise op­por­tu­ni­ties for good health, so­cial and eco­nomic par­tic­i­pa­tion, and per­sonal se­cu­rity.

“Ac­tiv­i­ties and so­cial­iza­tion of older peo­ple and the larger com­mu­nity need to be fully iden­ti­fied and im­ple­mented, and ser­vices need to be ad­e­quate for the de­mo­graphic pro­file of our coun­try towns, es­pe­cially in Beech­worth which has a rel­a­tively high pro­por­tion of res­i­dents over 60 years of age.

“Ser­vice providers, busi­nesses, and com­mu­nity lead­ers can be in­volved in de­velop- ing pro­grams that foster phys­i­cal ca­pac­ity, in­de­pen­dence, healthy life­style, and so­cial and cul­tural ser­vices in­clud­ing men­tal stim­u­la­tion and life­long learn­ing in­clud­ing art, mu­sic, and vol­un­teer­ing.

“A ‘drop in’ shop front for ad­vo­cacy that would reach and as­sist older peo­ple to nav­i­gate is­sues such as unusu­ally high bills, sell­ing a home, and man­aged care would be a valu­able ad­di­tion to our com­mu­nity,” she said.

The sur­vey form can be found at: https://www. sur­vey­mon­key. com/ r/ Indigo_Age­ing_Well.

PHOTO: Wendy Stephens

FEEL­ING BET­TER: Dis­cussing is­sues raised in the age­ing well sur­vey are Indigo U3A mem­bers Pauline Savy, John Meyer and Jann Ste­wart.

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