Ballina Shire’s population, like much of Australia’s, is changing; our population is getting older. The ageing of the population is a positive social trend and it is an indication that we are living longer, healthier lives.
Research tell us that issues such as social isolation and lack of physical activity have an adverse impact on an individual’s overall health and, if not addressed, can cause people to develop a range of illnesses that affect their physical and mental wellbeing.
Ballina Shire Council has developed an Active Ageing Plan to help recognise what is needed to prepare for an ageing population. This document was developed with input and consultation with services associated with older people, local residents and key stakeholders.
Council supports a range of programs that help improve the quality of life for our older residents and visitors, including:
- Seniors Week activities
- Ballina Shire Senior Citizen of the Year award
- Support and activities for seniors.
Assessment and referral for domestic assistance and community care for people living in will be completed by My Aged Care. My Aged Care can be contacted at: 1800 200 422 or at myagedcare.gov.au
Council on the Ageing NSW COTA NSW is the peak organisation for people over 50 in New South Wales. They are the leading advocate for older people in NSW. They work with government and the private sector to bring about a fairer NSW. They also have reliable and up-to-date information on a wide range of topics that matter to people aged 50-plus. COTA can be reached at Free Call 1800 449 102 or at cotansw.com.au
A NSW Government initiative to celebrate our seniors at nswseniorsweek.com.au
The Office for Ageing (OFA) provides a range of information for people who are older or for a friend or family member as they grow older. More information can be found at ageing.nsw.gov.au
Provides a range of useful ideas and contacts to assist older residents to stay fit and active at activeandhealthy.nsw.gov.au
Please contract Council’s Social Planning Coordinator, Ph 6686 1284.
Page updated September 2016