A happy and healthy ageing population can contribute knowledge, experience and skills to the community and to the workforce.
NSW Ageing Strategy
The number of older people in NSW is projected to grow significantly in coming years, and this will have profound implications across our whole community. The priority is to put in place the right services and planning measures so we fully realise the opportunities arising from an ageing population.
Consultations on NSW whole of government ageing strategy were held from December 2011 to February 2012 with older people, their carers and families, to develop the NSW Ageing Strategy.
Staying in touch with your local community is a very important part of healthy ageing.
There are many ways that older people can actively participate in their community, including:
- working longer
- care giving
- social activities
NSW Seniors Week is an annual event to promote positive attitudes towards ageing and celebrate the contribution made by older people in NSW.
Older people at risk of isolation
Not all older people, however, are able to participate fully in their community.
There is a risk of isolation and exclusion as older people become less mobile and less connected to family and friends.
Older people have rights
Australians of all ages have a right to be treated fairly and have the same opportunities as everyone else. Age discrimination is against the law.
We fund a number of organisations to provide free advocacy and information services to promote, protect or defend the welfare or rights of older people.