New Consultation on Active Ageing in 2022

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Today people are living longer than previous generations. We are all ageing. Almost 180 000 Tasmanians (30.5%) of the population are expected to be over 65 years by 2060, so it’s important that all Tasmanians, young and older have input into the Strategy.

The Tasmanian Government’s vision is to build an age-friendly state in which all Tasmanians regardless of their age, can stay active, healthy, resilient and connected to their community and the economy.

To realise this vision, Tasmanians are being asked for their opinion to help shape ageing in Tasmania and develop a new robust 2023-29 Tasmanian Active Ageing Strategy.

The state-wide consultations for a new Active Ageing Strategy are being organised by the Council on the Ageing Tasmania (COTA Tasmania) with support from and collaboration with the Tasmanian Government.

For more information about how you can have a say please visit the COTA website or call 6231 3265 or email brigidw@cotatas.org.au

Strong, liveable communities: Tasmania's Active Ageing Plan 2017-2022

Canoeing Lake St Clair

Strong, liveable communities: Tasmania’s Active Ageing Plan 2017-2022 (the Active Ageing Plan) is the Tasmanian Government’s commitment to support people to maintain their health, increase their participation, continue to learn, and feel secure as they age. It is a comprehensive plan, informed by the voices of older Tasmanians, to support individuals to make informed choices about their health and wellbeing, education, participation, and security.

The Plan is accompanied by three implementation strategies, which allows the Tasmanian Government to target and refine its actions based on what does and doesn’t work. This includes listening to and learning from older people, and exploring solutions to long-standing systemic barriers to living a good life as we grow older.

Open the Plan:

Open the Implementation Strategy:

Progress Report:

The Strategic Directions and Background Paper

The Strategic Direction and Background Paper is the culmination of consultation with almost 650 Tasmanians aged 50 and over.

Key findings from the Paper show that:

  • the majority of older Tasmanians are satisfied with their experience of growing older in Tasmania;
  • older Tasmanians recognise that Tasmania’s environment, lifestyle and sense of community help them to age well;
  • challenges such as the cost of living, staying healthy and lack of transport, impact on the ability of older people to age well;
  • ageism - prejudice or discrimination because of their age – is still felt by many older people.

The Strategic Directions and Background Paper is available on the COTA website.

Photo: Canoeing, Lake St Clair, Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park.  Courtesy Parks and Wildlife Service. Photographer Joe Shemesh.