An agenda for ageing in Victoria

Currently, there is no plan for the increased longevity and diversity of Victoria’s population. The result is a fragmented approach to policy and programs relating to older people between the ages of 50 and 100. An ageing population brings new economic and social opportunities – if we embrace what modern ageing can bring. The challenges we will face as individuals and as a society can be better met if we plan now. An Agenda for Ageing in Victoria will generate creative ideas and solutions so that older people can thrive and continue to contribute to society.

As civic leaders, citizens and voters, older people make a significant and productive contribution to Victoria through community and business leadership, work, volunteering, caring, and financially supporting the younger generation. Alongside these strengths, we need to recognise the vulnerability of some older Victorians and ensure they receive appropriate support and protection. The impact of major policy reform in aged care, disability and health policy requires urgent attention. We need to recognise and include the diversity of our ageing population, which includes older people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, older people with disability and our LGBTI community. All Victorians should have confidence that by living longer, they will also live well. No one should be left behind.

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