Seniors: Positive Ageing
  • Last updated:
  • 18 Nov 2018

Positive ageing is the ability to:

  • maintain a healthy lifestyle
  • enjoy quality social connections and
  • feel welcomed in the community.

It is also about:

  • feeling empowered and valued as a community member
  • participating in the workforce if desired and
  • having access to information and services.

Older people play a vital role in the region's communities. Council recognises and respects the significant contribution older people make to the region.

The Sunshine Coast Positive Ageing Strategy 2011 – 2016 provided focus for council’s commitments to seniors for the previous five years. Council's Community Planning and Development Branch is working on a Positive Ageing Action Plan to provide continued focus to the older population in our region.

Positive Ageing Strategy 2011 - 2016

Council developed the Sunshine Coast Positive Ageing Strategy 2011-2016 to focus on its commitments to older people on the Sunshine Coast.

The strategy recognises the many significant contributions older people make to local communities. It emphasises the need to work in partnership with other key agencies to address the changing needs of older people on the Sunshine Coast.

Foundation Paper

The Sunshine Coast Positive Ageing Foundation Paper 2011 presents an overview of research on the issues associated with ageing. It provides a solid evidence base on which to build the Positive Ageing Strategy. As well as a profile of older Sunshine Coast residents, the paper provides a summary of the international, national, state and local policy context. It also gives an overview of key themes identified by other local government ageing strategies.

Healthy Sunshine Coast seniors fitness classes

This program offers free and low cost fitness classes at a range of locations across the region for the over 55's. View the full timetable.

Rebates and concessions

Council offers a rates remission if you hold one of the following:

  • current Queensland Centrelink concession card
  • Veteran Affairs Gold card.

Dog and cat registration

You are entitled to free dog and cat registration if:

  • the animal is desexed
  • the animal is microchipped
  • you hold a current Queensland Centrelink concession card, or
  • you hold a Veteran Affairs Gold card.

Council Link

Council Link helps with affordable transport services for:

  • people with disabilities
  • their carers
  • minors under the care of eligible people and
  • people over the age of 60.

It improves wellbeing and social interactions. It also helps to enjoy a convenient shopping experience.

Council Link is a service provided by council in partnership with ComLink. It is funded by the Public Transport Levy.

Sunshine Coast mobility maps

A series of mobility maps that create a more accessible and inclusive community for all launched on 22 August 2018 by Sunshine Coast Council in partnership with the State Government during celebrations for Queensland Seniors Week. The mobility maps cover five locations:

 The maps provide a range of information including the following:

• gradient of pathways
• crossing points
• key services such as libraries, shopping areas and the post office.

This is important for the Sunshine Coast community as we have a higher proportion of people aged over 60 and older. Visitors to our region will also benefit from a more inclusive and accessible tourism destination for people of all ages and abilities.

Printed maps are available in hard copy at local Community and Neighbourhood Centres and Visitor Information Centres.
For more information about the Mobility Maps please contact council on (07) 5475 7272 or 1300 007 272 or email mail@sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au

Contacts

For more information, contact council's Community Development officer on (07) 5441 8261 or email commdevelopment@sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au.

Related pages

Healthy Ageing Partnership

Council is proud to be a member of the Healthy Ageing Partnership. A Sunshine Coast collaborative it brings together information about healthy ageing, as well as activities involving the ageing community.