Thousands of older Queenslanders will continue to enjoy more active and social lives thanks to $18.6 million in Palaszczuk Government funding to prevent isolation and elder abuse.
Seniors Minister Coralee O'Rourke said the funding would be delivered over three years, including more than $7.6 million for elder abuse services, close to $8.6 million for social isolation services and around $2.4 million to prevent barriers to accessing services.
"Sadly, older Queenslanders can be vulnerable to social isolation and elder abuse, which is why we're doing everything we can to protect our seniors," Mrs O'Rourke said.
"I'm pleased that 47 organisations across the state will share in funding to help older Queenslanders access vital services to keep them safe, supported and connected to the community," she said.
"These services provide essential support, enabling older people to access information and advice, and get out in the community to form ongoing friendships and support networks. We're already seeing some participants improving their health and fitness through exercise, while others are learning to connect using new technology and social media'.
"This funding will ensure Queensland seniors can continue to get out and about and enjoy more quality of life, making them less susceptible to social isolation and elder abuse." Minister O'Rourke said the Palaszczuk Government had also released a public survey on how Queensland could become a more age-friendly community, as part of the State Government's new senior's strategy - 'Queensland: An Age-friendly Community'.
"We know that connecting with the community to find a shared vision will be the key in building a more age-friendly society, and the senior's strategy is an important part of this overarching plan," she said.
"The strategy will also provide direction for Queensland Government policies and programs, to make sure support goes where it is needed. "I encourage all Queenslanders, both young and old, to jump online and have their say." Minister O'Rourke said the Palaszczuk Government was committed to establishing an age-friendly Queensland where people of all ages could enjoy quality of life.
"That's why we've provided $2 million over four years to rebuild the Office for Seniors and deliver on our election commitments, including our one-stop shop for seniors information and Advisory Taskforce on Residential Transition for Ageing Queenslanders," she said.
To complete the survey visit www.qld.gov.au/agefriendlycommunity For more information on services for seniors visit www.qld.gov.au/seniors or www.facebook.com/qldseniors