Age-Friendly Monash

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In early 2016, Monash was declared an 'Age-Friendly City' by the World Health Organisation. We are one of only seven Victorian municipalities to receive this distinction.

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.

You can also read this article submitted to the Victorian Active Ageing Partnership (VAAP) newsletter by Mark Learmonth, a local resident and member of the Monash Positive Ageing Reference Group: Increasing walking by having ‘places to rest’

Age-Friendly City

Monash qualified to become an Age-Friendly City after Council and older residents worked together for two years to develop a long-term Age Friendly Monash Plan.

Some older residents volunteered as Age-Friendly Ambassadors and met with other older residents to get their thoughts on the plan's actions and what the priorities should be. 

Some of the actions in Monash's plan are:

  • Improving and increasing the number of ‘places to rest’ in public areas
  • Establishing a working group to investigate the issues and barriers seniors face when parking in Monash and to consider all possible solutions
  • Promoting government incentives for employing seniors in Monash
  • Creating opportunities for people to support each other, such as younger people teaching older people how to use technological devices

As part of the Age-Friendly process, the ambassadors continue to be actively involved in the plan's implementation and evaluation process.

If you want to discuss the plan or get involved, please contact Sallenna Skye, Coordinator Social Inclusion, on 9518 3585.