THE Palaszczuk Government is encouraging Queenslanders, both young and old, to have their say on how to make Queensland a more age-friendly community.
We are looking for ideas on how Queenslanders can work together to welcome and support seniors in the community, as part of a new senior's strategy - Queensland: An Age-friendly Community.
An age-friendly community encourages people of all ages to take part in community activities. It is a place where people are treated with respect, regardless of their age or ability; where they can stay in touch with the people they care about and can find appropriate support services that meet their needs. Most importantly, age-friendly communities are highly beneficial for older people who are at risk of social isolation.
The public survey, released this month, will provide direction for Queensland Government policies and programs to make sure support goes where it is needed. Feedback from the survey will also provide an age-friendly vision for every Queenslander to work towards.
Queensland seniors have contributed their working lives to our state, building our economy, communities and families, and it is important that we value their contributions and knowledge. Together, we can develop practical solutions to overcome barriers that could prevent them from being more involved.
While the online survey will only take a few minutes to complete, it will make a huge difference in the formation of Government policies and programs to support seniors.
We know that connecting with the community to find a shared vision will be the key in building a more age-friendly society, and I encourage all Queenslanders to jump online and get involved.
To complete the survey visit http://www.qld.gov.au/agefriendlycommunity
To share feedback, connect with others and learn more about Queensland Government initiatives, visit the Queensland Seniors Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/qldseniors