SA’s Plan for Ageing Well 2020-2025 - Plan on a Page - A3 Poster
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South Australia’s Plan for Ageing Well 2020-2025 (PDF 2MB) outlines the State Government and community’s vision and priorities for ageing well for all South Australians over the next five years. It succeeds the previous State Ageing Plan ‘Prosperity through Longevity’ that concluded in 2019 and builds on the significant work achieved under that Plan.
South Australia’s Plan for Ageing Well 2020-2025 is best read with the foundation documents Future Directions to Support Ageing Well report (PDF 10.5MB) and Vision for Ageing Well in South Australia report (PDF 1.5MB), informed by statewide engagement with older South Australians and a range of stakeholders.
The Plan recognises the aspirations, challenges and incredible diversity in the way we age; sets a forward-looking vision to challenge the status quo; and enables the contribution of many partners.
South Australia’s Plan for Ageing Well 2020-2025 aims to inspire innovation and create the environment and motivation to think outside the box, to develop new and unusual partnerships and to make a real and long-term difference to our lives as we get older.
Office for Ageing Well, through South Australia’s Plan for Ageing Well 2020-2025 and associated policies and projects, will contribute to South Australians living in communities that value older people and the opportunities of an ageing population:
South Australia is a healthy, connected, equitable and sustainable community, which takes a whole of life approach that fosters many years of living well, and supports us to die with dignity, in line with our wishes.
South Australia’s Plan for Ageing Well 2020-2025 has three strategic priorities:
To realise the three priorities for ageing well, South Australians need to work together to:
Four supporting conditions underpin the three priorities for ageing well:
See the Plan on a Page (PDF 66KB) to find out more about the strategic priorities, enabling factors and supporting conditions.
Office for Ageing Well presented its inaugural Tackling Ageism Award as part of the SA Community Achievement Awards, held online on 11 December 2020.
Adelaide finalist Kerry Jones won the award, with ACH Group and COTA SA the other two finalists.
Kerry is an ongoing member of the EveryAGE Counts Coalition Steering Committee and is a panel member of the Governor’s Leaders Fellowship Program.
She has also worked with The Australian Centre for Social Innovation for more than seven years, playing a key role in developing programs designed to reimagine the future of ageing well.
The Office for Ageing Well Tackling Ageism Award attracted 19 applicants. It was open to individuals, community groups and non-profit organisations actively working to challenge ageism and highlight the value of older people and ageing well.
The award aimed to break down barriers and bust myths and stereotypes as a way to confront and overcome discrimination and promote the value of older people and ageing well.
Office for Ageing Well Director, Cassie Mason, said Kerry received the honour along with $2,000 in prizes for her relentless work to transform Australia's experience of ageing.
“Kerry demonstrated her superior understanding of the pervasive nature of ageism and how she is taking action, both professionally and personally, to challenge it and better promote the value of older people and ageing well,” Ms Mason said.
“Ageism works against inclusion, ultimately creating a society that does not value the input of its older members.
“This award aims to promote an inclusive society, moving beyond ageism, under South Australia’s Plan for Ageing Well 2020-2025.”
“We are extremely proud to see so many great initiatives underway across the state working to confront and overcome discrimination against older South Australians,” Ms Mason said.
In 2018, more than 1,500 older people from around the state participated in the Statewide Conversations with Older South Australians to share their views about what matters most to them to age well. Key themes to emerge included ensuring that people have better options for staying in their homes and communities as they age; the importance of making and maintaining meaningful social connections; and navigating change. From this work, The Australian Centre for Social Innovation (TACSI) produced the Future Directions to Support Ageing Well report (PDF 10.5MB).
The report findings formed the foundation of the 2019 Statewide Conversations with Stakeholders which engaged with 30 South Australian thought leaders and more than 130 representatives of government and non-government partners, community organisations and older people. To test the vision and progress the work, a Stakeholder Response Kit and Public Survey were distributed. Thirty-two response kits were returned, and 439 survey responses received. From this, TACSI produced the Vision for Ageing Well report (PDF 1.5MB) which identifies home, meaningful connections and navigating change as strategic priorities, with tackling ageism, growing diversity and increasing accessibility as enabling factors.
South Australia has the highest proportion of older people on mainland Australia with more than 630,500 people aged over 50, which is 37 per cent of the total population.
The majority of over-65s (95 per cent) live independently at home, with only one in four people aged 85 and over, living in aged care accommodation.