In FY17, the Pilbara Regional Council was endorsed to investigate the feasibility for, and if supported, implementation of a Pilbara wide Age Friendly Strategy.
The Age Friendly Communities framework is a set of 8 measures of the suitability of a location to seniors, which feeds into improvements and strategies to improve services to this important demographic.
The framework was developed by the World Health Organisation, and the Department of Local Government now implements this across as many local governments as will agree to participate. WA itself has just been admitted as an affiliate of the WHO Global Network, one of very few State Governments internationally to do so.
More recently, the State Government funded Alzheimer’s WA to develop a modular addition to the Age Friendly Communities model for dementia, and in order to prevent duplication of multiple ‘friendliness plans’, the two have been designed by AWA and the State Government to be integrated.