Unley Publications : Unley Life Summer 2015
UNLEYLIFE 07 Active Ageing is essentially an approach that aims to extend a healthy ageing and quality of life agenda to all people as they age. As well as just being physically active, Active Ageing allows continuing par ticipation in social, economic, cultural and spiritual affairs and the labour force. Dr Alexandre Kalache is a global expert on ageing, a former Adelaide Thinker in Residence and was the first to coin the term ‘Longevity Revolution’ in his position as Director of World Health Organisation’s Ageing and Life Course department. “ The City of Unley was the first local government authority in South Australia to embrace the reality of this Revolution, which requires decision makers at all levels of government to develop bold, imaginative and inclusive policies and actions – what I call ‘Active Ageing in all Policies’,” Dr Kalache says of Unley’s dedication to making this new period in people’s lives as vibrant and exciting as possible. Life used to be seen in three distinct parts - learning, working and retiring. These days, however, it’s not that simple. The term ‘adolescence’ was created to describe the transition from childhood into adulthood and now, Dr Kalache has come up with a new term to describe the transition from adulthood into age - ‘gerontolescence’. “Much like adolescence, this transition is a time to have fun, rebel and break the rules,” says Dr Kalache. “It’s exciting because it’s a new stage of human development. It’s going to be a very vibrant transformational period that is going to have lasting influences,” he says. Unley Mayor Lachlan Clyne says that central to the City of Unley Active Ageing Strategy is the premise that ageing is a celebration. “Everyone is ageing. We are living longer and healthier and everyone always has a meaningful contribution. We need to ensure that our City is accessible for everyone, promotes health and wellbeing and provides opportunities for connection, inclusion and participation,” says Mayor Clyne. The Active Ageing Strategy aims to make the City of Unley the most liveable place possible for its residents. Focus areas include: • Outdoor spaces and buildings • Transpor tation • Housing; social participation • Respect and social inclusion • Civic participation and employment • Communication and information • Community support and health services “From city planning, to a pet companionship initiative, to helping people with new technologies, we will continue to explore new innovations, new programs and new par tnerships that will help us develop our Age Friendly City,” says Mayor Clyne. The City of Unley’s Age Friendly status is being recognised both nationally and internationally. CEO Peter Tsokas was recently invited by Dr Kalache to present at the 3rd International Longevity Forum in Rio de Janeiro. For more information, please visit unley.sa .gov.au In 2031, 1in5South Australians will be over 65. Based on the latest Census data, 22.2% of the City of Unley population is aged 60 and above. By 2031, there will be more than 440,000 people in South Australia aged over 65. The South Australian population is ageing faster than that of other mainland states.
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