Older 3er­sons Ref­er­ence Group com­pletes sur­veys

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Hor­sham’s Ru­ral City Coun­cils Older 3er sons Ref­er­ence Group has com­pleted its re­search on ways to im­prove the mu­nic ipal­ity as a place where older peo­ple live safely, en­moy good health and stay in­volved in the com­mu­nity. (sta­b­lished in March this year, the 2 mem­ber Group sur­veyed the commu nity in -uly and Au­gust where peo­ple were asked about their phys­i­cal and so­cial en­vi­ron­ments and what might make their com­mu­nity more age friendly. Hor­sham Ru­ral City Coun­cil Di­rec­tor Com­mu­nity Well­be­ing .evin O’%rien said the as­sess­ment was based on the World Health Or­gan­i­sa­tion’s check­lists for Age Friendly Com­mu­ni­ties. “The Group’s task was to de­ter­mine what as­pects of the Hor­sham mu­nic­i­pal­ity en able peo­ple to stay ac­tive and en­gaged as they age ± and what ar­eas need im­prov ing,´ Mr O’%rien said. “The Ref­er­ence Group has col­lated its find ings and make rec­om­men­da­tions to Coun cil.´ 3os­i­tive re­sults in­cluded ac­cess to venues such as the Hor­sham Town Hall, <MCA and 8 A which pro­vide im­por­tant events and op­por­tu­ni­ties for so­cial con­nec­tion. Re­sults also showed lo­cal bus and ta[i ser vices were re­li­able, clean, com­fort­able and af­ford­able and the driv­ers were cour­te­ous. Ar­eas for im­prove­ment were trans­port op tions to Mel­bourne and %al­larat as well as be­tween med­i­cal and other key fa­cil­i­ties in Hor­sham. Ac­cess to park­ing is an on­go­ing con­cern, be­cause as peo­ple age or are un­well, they may only be able to walk short dis­tances. The sur­vey also found older peo­ple did not al­ways feel con­sulted or that their in­put was val­ued. Also, more shade in the cen­tral ac tiv­ity dis­trict was im­por­tant dur­ing sum­mer. The ne[t step is the de­vel­op­ment of a de tailed im­ple­men­ta­tion plan based on the ac­tions iden­ti­fied in the Aged Friendly Com mu­ni­ties Au­dit Find­ings and Ac­tions re­port which will then be pre­sented for coun­cil con­sid­er­a­tion.

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