Changing Ageing in Western Australia: How the Village/Hub Model is Bringing Communities Together
The Changing Ageing in Western Australia seminar took place at Connect Victoria Park on December 3, 2019, in partnership with Bank of I.D.E.A.S.
As in many developed countries, the Australian population is ageing. There are more than 15% of Australians currently aged 65 and over and this proportion is projected to grow steadily over the coming decades.
Overall, Australians now enjoy one of the highest life expectancies in the world. It’s a new longevity. Although some will need special care at the end of their lives, we now have a growing contingent of older people with skills and experience who are out of the work force, but still have many healthy and active years to enjoy and contribute.
Unfortunately, many older Australians struggle to find purpose or a community they can rely on as they age – loneliness and social isolation are on the rise, and ageism is still rampant in the broader society. The skills, passions and unique knowledge of older Australians frequently go unutilised.
In the USA, a movement started in the late 1990s where older people came together to form virtual “villages” or “hubs”, where members can connect with like-minded neighbours and support each other to remain physically and mentally active and valued as contributing members of society. Village/hub members discover that the best path to independence – to remain living in their own homes and in the neighbourhoods that they love, for longer – is being part of a community.
Connect Victoria Park Village Hub is the first of these virtual villages in Western Australia, and the second in Australia.
Changing Ageing in Western Australia: How the Village Model is Bringing Communities Together, a one-day seminar, was brought to you by Connect Victoria Park and the Bank of I.D.E.A.S.
You can view Connect Victoria Park's presentations here and here.
To view Peter Kenyon's presentation on the American villages and the newly formed Darling Range Seniors Hub, please visit Bank of I.D.E.A.S website.