An Age-friendly City

In early 2019, Moonee Valley City Council has applied to become a member of the World Health Organisation’s Global Network of Age-Friendly Cities and Communities (application still pending). Council is committed to making Moonee Valley more age-friendly by facilitating the inclusion of older persons, enabling people of all ages to actively participate in communities, be treated with respect and stay healthy and active for as long as possible.

The WHO Age-Friendly Cities and Communities encompass eight domains:

  • communication and information
  • community support and health services
  • transportation
  • housing
  • social participation
  • respect and social inclusion
  • civic participation and employment
  • outdoor spaces and buildings

For more information, visit the World Health Organisation’s website.

Age-Friendly City Initiatives

The Community Strengthening Department has commenced a number of initiatives to make Moonee Valley an even more age-friendly city:
  • Our Active Ageing Reference Group represents older residents and provides advice and recommendations to help Council better understand the needs of older adults, identify barriers to participation and assist Council in the development of strategies to encourage health, wellbeing and ageing in place. For more information, click here.
  • Healthy Ageing Ambassadors are a group of volunteers who assist our older residents to age well in Moonee Valley. The ambassadors assume a variety of functions: they provide information and advice about supports and services available in the municipality (both provided by Council and other agencies), they can assist with accessing My Aged Care, and can refer interested persons to the appropriate staff member at Council for expert advice. Our healthy ageing ambassadors are located throughout the municipality and attend major events. A list of upcoming locations will be provided shortly. In the meantime, if you have questions about services and supports Council provides, please phone 9243 8701.
  • Our Age well in Moonee Valley Mobile Office is stationed at various locations in the municipality to help our older residents access aged care supports and provide information and advice. Visit our MV Mobile Office page for more details about upcoming locations.
  • Our Community Connectors are volunteers who can introduce residents to existing group activities and clubs and thus help them build strong social connections. For more information, please phone 9243 8806 and ask to speak with the responsible Assessment and Care Planning Officer. 

Dementia Champions work on improving outcomes for residents living with dementia and their support persons. Amongst other things, our dementia champions assist us to make our services more dementia-friendly and to develop a dementia resource pathway. 

Age-Friendly Victoria

Mayor

In October 2018, then-Mayor John Sipek signed the Age-Friendly Victoria declaration. Informed by the WHO Age-Friendly Cities framework, the declaration commits both the Victorian and local governments to work together to create age-friendly communities. In Victoria, people are living longer. We need to create communities that respond to this social change and support people as they age.

Together with the Victorian Government and the Municipal Association of Victoria, Moonee Valley City Council endeavours to enhance quality of life and well-being for our residents as they age, increase inclusion and options for participation, and enable people to “age in place”, which allows them to maintain local connections and community belonging.

In order to strengthen the age-friendly capacity of our municipality, Moonee Valley will work in partnership with seniors, governments, communities, businesses, services and support agencies.

For more information, visit the MAV website.

Last updated: Thursday, 4 April 2019, 2:27 AM