Positive Ageing

What is the Positive Ageing?

Positive ageing is a way of living rather than a state of being, a new approach to later in life.

 Positive ageing is an approach which recognises how negative mental states (beliefs, thoughts, ideas, attitudes) can have a impact on physical and emotional wellbeing as we age.

Positive ageing is more than a philosophy – it is a practical way of improving the chances of having better life as we age. It focuses on the emotional and psychological aspects of ageing. It understands that the ‘mind’ can have a significant impact on our physical and emotional wellbeing.

The mental states to physical and emotional wellbeing are understood to be as follows. Thoughts (by which we mean ideas, beliefs, and attitudes) give rise to emotions (like fear, disgust, anger, surprise, happiness and sadness) which in turn can produce physiological reactions in the body. Where thoughts are persistently negative there is a significant risk that physical or mental health problems can arise.

These characteristics are particular to later life and can frequently produce very negative mental states such as depression and anxiety. They can also produce a chronic sense of apathy or fatalism leading to a lack of motivation to make the most out of later years.

positive ageing approach advocates:-

  • a realistic understanding of ageing which fully recognises its positive aspects as well as the more challenging ones.
  • an understanding that many major life events will happen in later life.  We can’t control or prevent them – but we do have some control over how we respond to them
  • the realisation that how we think and feel about ageing can have a significant impact on our health and well-being in old age. Negative ideas can act as a ‘self-fulfilling prophecy’ and greatly increase the likelihood of ill health and depression.
  • developing a more positive outlook – a ‘glass half full’ perspective to produce a better quality of later life
  • using techniques from which can be learned and applied as preventative measures during the ageing process to produce much better outcomes


What does it mean to Coonamble Shire?

Coonamble Shire Council recognises the invaluable contributions that seniors make to our community. Council’s Positive Ageing Strategy provides an approach to enhancing the opportunities and addressing the challenges of Coonamble Shire’s older population.

Coonamble Shire’s population, like the rest of Australia, is ageing. Over the next 10 years and beyond, it is expected that the older population in the Coonamble Shire will increase both in numbers and as a proportion of the population.

The Positive Ageing Strategy promotes the health and wellbeing of the Shire’s residents and provides opportunities for older residents to maintain social connectedness and remain active in their local communities.

The growth of our ageing population will bring a number of impacts for Coonamble Shire communities, and the responsibility for addressing these impacts needs to be shared between all key agencies in the region. Council is already working collaboratively with its partners to address the needs of our current and future older residents, and will continue to identify new opportunities for partnerships over the life of the strategy.

Tips for Positive Ageing Tips for Positive Ageing (180 KB)

Coonamble Shire Council Positive Ageing Strategy 

Positive Ageing Strategy Policy Positive Ageing Strategy Policy (21256 KB)

What is available for Positive Ageing Coonamble Community Members What is available for Positive Ageing Coonamble Community Members (270 KB)

The Coonamble Community Directory  provides contact details for local service providers   


NSW’s population is ageing. By 2050 the number of people aged 65 and over will more than double.

Positive ageing and combating negative stereotypes.

This research report assesses the prevalence and depth of stereotypes and negative attitudes towards older Australians; provides insight into the impact of these attitudes and the resulting behaviours on older Australians and the general community, including business decision makers; examines the portrayal, and invisibility, of older Australians in the media by all main media platforms including television, radio, magazines and digital; and Provides insight into the role of the media in creating and reinforcing age stereotyping and discrimination.

Human Rights Commission Report 2013   Fact or Fiction? Stereotypes of Older Australians

World Health Organisation (WHO) Age Friendly website  

WHO Global Network for Age Friendly Cities and Communities

A growing number of cities and communities worldwide are striving to better meet the needs of their older residents. The WHO Global Network of Age-friendly Communities was established to foster the exchange of experience and mutual learning between cities and communities worldwide. It provides a global platform for information exchange, mutual support through the sharing of experience and will help keep Coonamble looking for new ways to support our ageing population.

Department of Human Services, Ageing, Disability and Home Care (NSW)

Australian Human Rights Commission  Dept of Human Services, Ageing, Disability and Home Care (NSW)                        

Ageing, Disability and Home Care (ADHC) is part of the Department of Family and Community Services. The aim of the Department is to provide better and more integrated services for vulnerable client groups in NSW. ADHC is responsible for providing services and support to older people and people with disability, and their families and carers.

Elder abuse hotline

If you witness, suspect or experience abuse, call the NSW Elder Abuse Helpline & Resource Unit on 1800 628 221 for information, support and referrals.

NSW Elder Abuse Helpline and Resource Kit Unit


Inquiry into the retirement village sector

The NSW Government is conducting an inquiry into the retirement village sector led by Kathryn Greiner AO, and is examining retirement village business practices and protections for residents.

Public consultation on the inquiry is now open and we’d like to get the message out so that members of the community can have their say.

Retirement village residents, their families and representatives are encouraged to attend forums to be held in metropolitan and regional locations across the state, and/or make a submission online. The first forum will be held on October 3. The online survey  is now live and submissions close on October 31.

If your organisation would like to share information about the inquiry with your audience, I have attached some copy. The copy details the inquiry along with an image, which can be used on websites, blogs, e-news or other channels where appropriate. More information:  Inquiry into NSW retirement villages