Age Well is a positive ageing program that connects older people in the Huon Valley with local groups and activities. The program aims to alleviate social isolation and loneliness experienced by older residents in the valley through increasing connection opportunities.
In Australia social isolation is recognised as a significant public health and wellbeing issue. According to a growing body of research loneliness can be harmful to both mental and physical health.
Social isolation and loneliness is a prevalent issue throughout the Huon Valley due to a whole range of reasons such as rising cost of living pressures, chronic health conditions, literacy challenges (including health and digital literacy), and housing insecurity. This combined with the population being spread over a large geographical and rural area, migration of new populations, and an aging population (over 37% over 55) is resulting in older people being unaware of existing programs and activities. The Age Well program is the result of a targeted government and community support program to address this issue locally.
We know that connecting with others and getting involved in local activities can help overcome loneliness and promote wellbeing. That is why the Age Well program brings older people living in the Huon Valley together to support good mental and physical health. Through our dedicated Age Well Link Worker individuals and groups can develop networks with each other that will increasing the opportunity to link in with more isolated older people, increase inclusion in programs and activities, reduce isolation and loneliness and help to build resilience.
The Age Well program is funded by the Australian Government, Department of Social Services (DSS), through the Village Hubs Grants Fund. Twelve communities across Australia have been awarded funding to establish a new village hub. The Age Well program is the first funded village hub program in Tasmania. It is managed by Huon Valley Council and works closely with local partners who offer social activities for older people. Each hub is community-led and provides innovative opportunities for older people to improve their mental and physical health through the benefits of increased community connections.
The Council is developing its Village Hub model in consultation with the Huon Valley Positive Ageing Working group and our Age Well partners.
Whether you’re in Grove or in Lune River, an Age Well Link Worker will meet you to understand your interests and needs. Family, friends and service providers are encouraged to refer people to the program.
If you’d like to know more, please call us on (03) 6264 0300 or email email@example.com or visit us at the Huon Valley Hub, 23 Main Street, Huonville.
Age Well is a Huon Valley Council initiative with support from Australian Government Department of Social Services, and Independent Living Assessment.
Thanks to the following local groups who have committed to providing welcoming programs and spaces for older community members.
Pop into the Huon Valley Hub or give us a call to learn more.
Council hosts regular social events which often include a guest speaker and an opportunity for a chat over a cuppa.
Members of Age Well will be directly notified of upcoming activities.
The Huon Valley Local Directory can help you to find and support local Huon Valley businesses, services and groups, along with activities for Seniors.
Visit the Huon Valley seniors directory of services to check it out.
Department of Communities Tasmania
A list of useful links for older Tasmanians.
COTA Tasmania (Council on the Ageing)
The voice of older Tasmanians for over 50 years with lots of information about services and programs for older Tasmanians.
Pensioners Association of Tasmania
A local community-based organisation that helps pensioners overcome isolation through get-togethers, day-trips, coach journeys, mystery adventures, shopping trips and much more.
My Aged Care
If you need some help around the house or think it’s time to look into aged care homes, My Aged Care can help.
You can call the My Aged Care contact centre on 1800 200 422 (Freecall).
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The state-wide consultations for a new Active Ageing Strategy are being organised by the Council on the Ageing Tasmania (COTA Tasmania) with support from and collaboration with the Tasmanian Government.
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