Monash was recognised as an Age-Friendly City by the World Health Organisation in 2016.
Age-friendly cities are places where older people live safely, enjoy good health, and stay involved in local activities.
More information is available on the Age-Friendly World website.
Creating an Age-Friendly City
Monash qualified to become an Age-Friendly City in 2016 after Council and older residents worked together to develop an Age Friendly Monash Plan.
The Age Friendly Monash Plan is now integrated in the Monash Health and Wellbeing Plan 2021-2025, which sets out the strategic health and wellbeing priorities that will help our community lead healthy, happy and thriving lives.
Actions to continue creating an age-friendly environment include:
- Establish Monash as a dementia-friendly community
- Provide a range of programs that build connection and support wellbeing
- Actively engage older people from a diverse range of backgrounds to be represented on Council committees, networks and forums and the Age-friendly ambassador program
- Active inclusion of LGBTIQA+ older people by including positive and supportive themes in programs and events.
- Develop a whole-of-community approach to addressing ageism and preventing elder abuse.
The Positive Ageing Reference Group advises on issues concerning older people who live, work, study or visit Monash.
The committee also advises on the implementation and evaluation of the Age Friendly Monash Plan.
If you want to discuss the plan or get involved, please contact Sallenna Skye, Coordinator Social Inclusion, on 9518 3585.