We play a key role in planning and establishing age-friendly communities by encouraging active ageing and optimising opportunities for good health, social and economic participation and personal security.
We recognise the diversity of our older population and promote inclusion of older people, respecting their decisions and life choices.
Am I ageist?
The World Health Organization defines ageism as stereotyping and discriminating against individuals or groups, on the basis of their age. Ageism can take many forms, including prejudicial attitudes, discriminatory practices, or institutional policies and practices that perpetuate stereotypical beliefs.
At some point or another, most of us have formed subconscious and negative judgements about people based on their age. Unfortunately, this has also become socially acceptable. Find out if you’re subconsciously ageist by completing this short and fun quiz, Am I Ageist?.
For an eye-opening view of ageism and its effects, check out these videos and podcast.
- Imagine a world without ageism
- TED talk: Let’s end ageism by Ashton Applewhite
- ESTD: Connecting the Pieces Podcast #6
A joint campaign
We have an ageing community and are committed to tackling the issue of ageism.
Along with six other local councils (Boroondara, Knox, Maroondah, Monash, Whitehorse and Yarra Ranges), we have developed a joint campaign to raise awareness about ageism, challenge the stereotypes of what it is to be older, and encourage people to speak up and take action.
The campaign is coordinated by the Inner East Primary Care Partnership with support from the Victorian Government.
The campaign ties into and supports the national EveryAGE Counts campaign.
There are many ways you can get involved and learn more:
- Watch the ageism videos
- Sign the pledge to stand for a world without ageism
- Speak up and start a conversation when you hear someone being ageist
Ageism. Know it. Name it.
Manningham Positive Ageing Alliance Group
In 2019, Council established the Manningham Positive Ageing Alliance Group and together we developed a plan. It was identified that an age-friendly Manningham is one where older people are:
- respected and valued
- able to live a meaningful life
- able to connect and participate
- able to live and feel safe in community
Read about our plan Inclusive Manningham – An Age Friendly City Action Plan 2020-2022 (3.7 MB).