Planning for an aging population
AS debate continues over the impact of an ageing population following the release of the Federal Government’s intergenerational report, a North Coast council has already begun planning how to care for and tap into the benefits of an older population.
Southern Cross University’s Aged Services Learning and Research Centre (ASLaRC) is working with the Tweed Shire Council to help them with strategic planning for an older population.
“The report estimates that the number of Australians aged over 65 will rise from 13.5 per cent of the population to 22.6 per cent by 2050 and this is seen as very concerning. However, Tweed already has that percentage of people 65 and above, and it is not falling apart,” Professor Colleen Cartwright, director of ASLaRC said.
“Some councils are being very proactive and accepting that there will be higher numbers of older people and looking at how to prepare for that and make their communities age-friendly.”
Prof. Cartwright said the project under way in the Tweed would involve focus groups and surveys to identify the benefits provided by an older population.