A number of projects which promote a positive message about ageing will receive funding through the $60 million second round of the Government’s Aged Care Service Improvement and Healthy Ageing Grants Fund.
The funding, which will deliver $378 million over four years, will also go to projects which support older Australians to live well in old age. Projects include:
· The National Lifestyle Housing for Seniors Awards – recognising builders who are developing properties that are ‘adaptable’ to the needs of older Australians.
· The Older People Speak Out Media Awards, which recognise journalists and members of the media who promote a positive message about ageing.
· The Council on the Ageing (COTA) will support older Australians and service providers to make use of the Federal Government’s new model of Consumer Directed Care (CDC) in aged care settings.
Minister for Ageing Mark Butler said Australia has one of the longest life expectancies in the world. “With a growing population, over 65 year olds will represent one in four Australians by 2047,” he said. “There are great opportunities for our community and economy if we encourage positive ageing and support people to have healthy and productive lives as they get older.”
The Government has also expanded the Advisory Panel on Positive Ageing to ensure that economic participation by older Australians remained central to the government’s policy agenda.