“Age-friendly” towns and cities – the Challenges and Opportunities of an Ageing Population

Age-friendly NewcastleWhat are the issues?

•Better health and well-being services to place greater emphasis on prevention, preparation and support, including reducing isolation and loneliness of those living on their own.
•Housing reform, to support communities with accessibility and usability in mind
•Developing working skills to support an ageing workforce; removing barriers to the employment of older people; supporting entrepreneurship among older people
•Assisted living and use of technology to improve quality of life; digital inclusion

But also: Ensuring that older people have a voice in shaping services

DISCUSSION PAPER FOR OUR 2016 CONFERENCE

Age-Friendly Newcastles – Discussion Paper

NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE – Age-Friendly City

http://www.qualityoflife.org.uk/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=61&Itemid=69

Case Study – BOWMANVILLE OLDER ADULT ASSOCIATION – covers Newcastle, Ontario

http://www.bowmanvilleolderadults.com/

https://www.facebook.com/BowmanvilleOA/

MISSION STATEMENT : To promote the health and happiness of older adults by providing opportunities to enhance their quality of life.

VALUES AND BELIEFS

Accessible – to create an organization that is inclusive and affordable; we will identify and address potential barriers, and create opportunities for members, potential members, and guests.Caring – to be known as a friendly and welcoming organization where members, guests and visitors can feel safe, respected and welcome.

Community Focused – to be part of and contribute to the broader community; we aspire to be a cooperative, collaborative and respectful partner.Fiscally Responsible – to efficiently operate and achieve our goals in a manner that is both financially prudent and accountable to our members and partners.

Member Focused – to ensure that the needs of our members are reflected in what we do today and in our future priorities.
Quality Programs – to be known for excellent programs that meet the diverse needs of our members; our programs will promote social, educational and physical well-being.

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http://www.clarington.net/en/town-hall/resources/advisory-committees/coassc-background.pdf

CASE STUDY – Newcastle upon Tyne Elders Council

http://www.elderscouncil.org.uk/

Report to Newcastle City Council Cabinet September 9th 2015

http://democracy.newcastle.gov.uk/documents/s84160/Ageing%20Well%20Policy%20Cabinet%20Meeting.pdf

Challenging stereotypes of ageing:

http://www.theguardian.com/partner-zone-ageing-population/challenging-stereotypes-ageing

Services for Older People – BEST PRACTICE – Newcastle, Australia – Senior Services Guide

http://www.seniorservicesguide.com.au/list/Activities/australia/nsw/newcastle+city+council+lg/newcastle

SENIORS COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF NEUBURG AN DER DONAU/ Seniorenbeirat der Stadt Neuburg

Seniors Neuburghttp://www.neuburg-donau.de/rathaus/senioren/seniorenbeirat

https://translate.google.co.uk/translate?hl=en&sl=de&u=http://www.neuburg-donau.de/rathaus/senioren/seniorenbeirat&prev=search

Contact julia.klier@neuburg-donau.de

Self-help activities for older people – CASE STUDY : JAUNPILS, LATVIA

5666908_ORIGINAL_1397181993_jpg“Senior people are very active in our municipality. In 2010 they founded the seniors association “Jaunpils”. Seniors led by Mrs. Austra Sipeniece, organize culture and healthy lifestyle activities. Seniors enjoy sport activities, especially Nordic walking and line dancing. They also organize different events, excursions, experience exchange tours, develop knowledge in psychology, improve language skills etc. in lifelong learning courses. Seniors association support preservation of culture traditions. They participate in various projects -at the moment they are working on the project, which will be important for all citizens in our Newcastle. One of their member Mr. A. Lacis have saved produced short films by himself about local people, rural cultural activities, traditional celebrations, concerts in 70s and 80s. Now, by financial support from Newcastle Municipality and fund of Teterevi, seniors want to digitalize this material and make a film “This was our time”. It will be important for all generations –youth will see how the life in Newcastle was for more than 40 years ago, medium generation and seniors can organize memory evenings and discussions about life now and then.”

Learning Opportunities for Older People:

CASE STUDY – U3A (University of the Third Age) – Newcastle Australia example:

http://hunter.u3anet.org.au/?page_id=1282

Neuchatel, Switzerland example

http://www2.unine.ch/u3a/page-6439.html

Trends and Implications of an Ageing Population – UK Example:

http://www.kingsfund.org.uk/time-to-think-differently/trends/demography/ageing-population

http://www.theguardian.com/partner-zone-ageing-population/kinder-communities-reduce-isolation-older-people

http://www.theguardian.com/partner-zone-ageing-population/york-dementia-friendly-community

SENIORS WEEK IN NEWCASTLE, AUSTRALIA

The city has a full programme of activities for Seniors Week, held in late March or early April each year, as part of Seniors Week, New South Wales

http://www.nswseniorsweek.com.au/events

 

 

 

 

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