A discussion on how to live happier and healthier
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.
FEELING BETTER: Discussing issues raised in the ageing well survey are Indigo U3A members Pauline Savy, John Meyer and Jann Stewart.