Committed To Becoming More Age-Friendly
The City of Melville is on its fourth Age-Friendly Strategic Plan. Directions from Seniors 2017-2021 aims to make the City of Melville an age-friendly area to live. This plan was developed through extensive consultation with our older community. Consultation was done through more than a Community reference group, over 700 surveys as well as anecdotal feedback from our residents.
Our current goals include:
• Housing – Advocate for increased choices of appropriate housing for older people.
• Transport – Identify and promote affordable transport options, accessible transport, accessible parking and pedestrian access that meet older people’s needs.
• Social Participation, Respect and Inclusion – Facilitate and promote opportunities for older residents to feel that they matter and belong and have access to affordable opportunities to live life well.
Key Achievements from our 2013-2017 Plan:
- An Access Advisory Panel; which is made up of a number of community members, has been established and meets quarterly to review the accessibility of public buildings, planning applications, reserves, signage and other access and inclusion matters.
- The Melville Age-Friendly Accessible Businesses (MAFAB) network supports local businesses to implement accessible and age-friendly initiatives that improve the customer experience for seniors and people with disabilities; including those living with dementia.
- Garden City Memory Café, launched in 2016, offers those living with dementia, and their carers, a welcoming setting to meet new friends, share experiences and seek support from Alzheimer’s WA.
- Michael Verde, who is internationally renowned for his work with people with dementia and their carers, held numerous community forums and training workshops in 2015 and 2017.
- Living Well with Dementia web page – sharing videos of local people living with dementia and a range of people living with dementia and a range of resources to support people in our community to live well with dementia.
- Mystery Tours is a partnership with Transperth providing Public Transport education for older people.
- Digital Hub – Melville Libraries provide free support and training on how to use technology including smart phones, laptops and tablets either one on one or in small groups.
- Melville Talks (Age Friendly) – An online community which offers web articles, links, discussion forums and opportunities to engage in conversations about the different life stages and choices
- Workshops for older people to contribute to the development of the Local Planning Strategy and Local Housing Strategy.
- Discounted memberships to LeisureFit Centers for older people.
- Be Fit for Life.
- Active in the Park offers free exercise classes for older people.