State-wide Conversation with Older South Australians

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People aged over 50 make up one third of the South Australian population – a proportion that is steadily increasing. What older people have to say matters and your voice is critical to our State’s future.

You are invited to participate in a dynamic conversation that will inform and influence an age-friendly future for South Australia.

The State-wide Conversation will reflect the diversity, creativity and vitality of older South Australians. It will acknowledge that the future of ageing will look very different to

About

This engagement has closed for comment. Thanks for your interest and stay tuned for updates.

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People aged over 50 make up one third of the South Australian population – a proportion that is steadily increasing. What older people have to say matters and your voice is critical to our State’s future.

You are invited to participate in a dynamic conversation that will inform and influence an age-friendly future for South Australia.

The State-wide Conversation will reflect the diversity, creativity and vitality of older South Australians. It will acknowledge that the future of ageing will look very different to anything we have seen before, and that the older South Australians of today have a significant contribution to make to this state’s future.

The outcomes from these discussions will inform Office for the Ageing’s future work and that of government more broadly.

Why are we having this state-wide conversation?

The State-wide Conversation with Older South Australians is about government listening to the voices of older people across the state about what active and age-friendly communities mean to you.

How you can get involved

Would you like to get involved with a community conversation about what an active and age-friendly future looks like to you? Would you like to start your own group conversation? Or would you like to put forward your ideas here? Choose your preferred form and start the conversation. Provide your feedback by:

Current Conversations

Join in the Conversation being held at COTA

When: Thursday 24th OR Wednesday 30th November 2016
Time: 10am to 12noon
Where: COTA SA, 16 Hutt Street, Adelaide

The session will be hosted by COTA SA volunteer facilitators. Morning tea provided.

Please RSVP by phoning 08 8232 0422 or emailing lrogers@cotasa.org.au.

If you decide to attend please take 2 minutes to complete a short survey before you come along to the conversation: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ComConFac

If you are interested in hosting your own conversation contact Moira Deslandes Consulting by phone: (08) 8120 0260 or email: Events@moiradeslandesconsulting.com to find out more.

Follow and contribute to the conversation on social media using #agefriendlySA and #OpenState.

Consultation has concluded
  • Join the Conversation

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    Conversations with people aged 50+ are being hosted around the State in homes, clubs, community centres and libraries.

    If you are over 50 we want to hear from you. If you can’t get to any of the conversations in person in November, you are invited to join in the conversation online.

    To begin the online conversation, start by completing a short (2 minute) survey about your demographics. You will be invited to learn more and contribute to the State-wide conversation. There are four themes. You can contribute to all or any of the themes. Each theme has a short video (less than a minute), a three minute read and three or four questions for you to answer.

    Thanks for accepting the invitation to join the State-wide Conversation with Older South Australians.

    Love, intimacy and family


    Photo credit: M. Sulser

    The definition and shape of families and relationships are changing. Intimacy is being enhanced and challenged by technology, medicine, changing community attitudes and where and how we live whole-heartedly.



    For more on this theme

    1. How will ‘family’ be defined in the future?
    2. What might help us feel connected to family, friends, community? What role will technology play?
    3. How will we be supported to feel safe, loved, heard or understood?

    Provide your feedback here

    Place, space and purpose


    Photo credit: R. Johnson

    Spaces and places have purpose and meaning, giving us access to people and activities for us to age well. The way we design houses, cities, suburbs and country towns in the future will make a difference to our identity and well-being.



    For more on this theme

    1. What factors do planners, policy makers and developers need to consider to help us connect and support community building?
    2. How can the decisions made by planners, policy makers and developers about the houses, towns and suburbs of the future help you to stay healthy (both physically and mentally)?
    3. Share some ideas about how and where community groups might organise themselves into the future.
    4. What supports could encourage life-long learning and participation in local communities: And what might discourage?

    Provide your feedback here

    The future is not what it used to be


    Photo credit: I. Sim

    The ways in which we want to live as we grow older is changing. Values, attitudes and preferences are diverse and evolving. Technology and innovation are influencing the choices we have, and some of what might be available in the future is yet to be designed. The next generation of older people is more informed than ever before about what is possible in shaping the future.



    For more on this theme

    1. What issues would get you taking to the streets when you are in your 80s?
    2. What characteristics will those who are resilient into the future have? How can we strengthen this for others?
    3. What ideas do you have about building community resilience to prepare for the future?
    4. What is already in place, that you would like to see more of into the future for South Australians, as they get older?

    Provide your feedback here

    Time, talent and energy


    Photo credit: G. Smith

    We want a future where opportunities for social and community engagement, physical activity, volunteering, employment, and lifelong learning, are everywhere - in your neighbourhood, your state, online, country and overseas. It could be a place where how you contribute and the way you connect can make a difference to your well-being and to society.



    For more on this theme

    1. What will trust between older people, institutions, business and across generations look like in the future?
    2. What kind of ways would you like to spend your time, talents and energy?
    3. What safeguards need to be in place to ensure older people are not exploited?
    4. What needs to happen to ensure older people are supported to participate and contribute to community life?
    5. How do we ensure that older people across the State can all share in the abundance available in the State (e.g. new industries), any new opportunities emerging and contribute to them?

    Provide your feedback here

  • Updates

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    State-wide Conversation with Older South Australians - Update

    Between 25 October and 3 December 2016, 426 people participated in 50 conversations from 109 postcodes, as well as 18 responses through the YourSAy website.

    The outcomes of the State-wide Conversation with Older South Australians have informed the development of the draft Age Friendly SA Strategy; its priorities and themes for action. Five priorities emerged as key enablers to ageing well in South Australia. These priorities form the backbone of the Age Friendly SA Strategy and will become the drivers of the state government’s age-friendly work. The Minister will launch the Age Friendly SA Strategy in mid- 2017.