Ageing Community

Ageing Community

Ageing Community
Although the Department of Local Government is quite specific that the definition of aged persons is 55+ years it was quite clear during consultations with the community that many people perceived the term "aged" to referred to persons who were frail and aged or over 70 years of age.
 

 

Statistical Information


Generally there are more aged people and young people in Richmond Valley than in the rest of the state. The number of aged persons still in employment in Richmond Valley is similar to regional and state percentages, however most aged people in Richmond Valley earn less than aged people in the rest of the state (although not the region). The Rural North locality (which is otherwise one of the more affluent areas) has a higher proportion of aged persons earning under $199 per week.

There are greater concentrations of aged people in Coraki, Evans Head and Casino than in the rural areas and smaller towns.  A very small proportion of the aged population is Goori although the migrant population is most likely to be aged.


 

Community Comments

While in the process of formulating social plans for Richmond Valley Council in 2006, there were a small number of comments made about aged issues during Social Plan consultations in comparison to other communities such as the Aboriginal community.  The issues of major concern to the aged community were:

  • Lack of and cost of transport (with serious concerns about the possibility that they would lose their driving skills)
  • A strong interest in access issues around town for people with a disability
  • Concern about how the built environment may affect falls
  • Concern about the cost of living and in particular the cost of housing
  • An interest in more social activities
  • Concern about increased scooter use
  • Concern felt by a number of socially active aged people that as they became less able to take on social responsibilities in the community that no one would be interested in taking their place (or a feeling that the sense of community was lost on younger generations)
  • A number of people during Social Planning consultation mentioned that they felt that Richmond Valley Council developed policies and programs in the area which favoured aged people and discriminated against younger people

 

Strategies


Some of the strategies mentioned in relation to the aged population included:

  • The development of more social activities for aged people
  • The importance of planning for an increasing aged population
  • The need to improve council facilities to reduce access risks
  • The importance of providing seating for aged people in town
  • The need to provide better information to aged people about transport options in the area
 For further information, visit the Health & Older Person's Advisory Committee and Working Party page.
  

 

Services


There are a variety of ageing services in the Richmond Valley:

  • Three aged care facilities (hostels and retirement villages)
  • Two senior citizens centres
  • A number of community aged care and home and community care services (including services specifically for Aboriginal people)
  • Meals on Wheels
  • Red Cross groups
  • Country Women's Associations
  • Hall Committees, download Council's Committee Structure and Delegates Information Directory for more information


Policies

Council policies relating to the ageing community are listed below.