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Ageing positively in Maroondah

Published on 28 April 2022
  • Active and Healthy Ageing

On Wednesday 6 April we launched our Positive Ageing Framework and Action Plan 2021–2025. Positive ageing embraces the idea of being active, connected, valued and respected as we grow older in our community. 

The Positive Ageing Framework and Action Plan 2021–2025 aims to build on the foundational success Maroondah established in the Active and Healthy Ageing Initiative 2015–2020, and addresses the current challenges faced by an ageing population.

There are six key priority areas that will guide and assist Council to continue to make Maroondah a vibrant and renowned age-friendly city in which to live, work and play over the next five years. These are social connections; community; quality of life; safety and security; health and wellbeing; and respect.

Councillor Mike Symon, Mayor of Maroondah, launched the Framework during a walking sports event at Maroondah Nets.

“Maroondah is a fabulous place to live, and this Framework will ensure that everybody can fulfil their potential, regardless of age, and actively participate in all aspects of community life.

“We are lucky as a municipality to have such a vibrant sporting, arts and social community, with many council-run programs and free activities and events to be involved in,” Cr Symon said.

Read the Positive Ageing Framework and Action Plan 2021–2025.

See photo gallery from the ‘Come and Try’ walking sports event.

Here are a few ways we are creating an age-friendly city:

Staying active

Council owns and operates two golf courses, multiple indoor and outdoor pools as well as gym and group fitness classes.

Our golf courses have extensive golf cart fleets, making it easier to play. We have lots of great social sports at Maroondah Nets such as pickleball, badminton and walking sports that are age-friendly and appropriate for all levels of fitness.

See more about the Active Adults program.

Aquahub has classes and programs tailored for older adults that can help achieve health and fitness goals in a fun, social environment.

With strength training and social exercise groups on offer, our tailored programs can help residents regain, improve and maintain muscle strength, preserve bone density, and improve balance, flexibility and coordination.

Staying involved in the community

  • Kerrabee - Kerrabee has a range of social groups, activities, outings and events for older residents who have low level support needs to form new friendships and stay connected in the community. Kerrabee also invites volunteers to help drive their buses, assist in the groups, maintain their garden and support the staff on social outings.  Find out more about Kerrabee.
  • Morning Music - Held at Karralyka, Morning Music is a terrific way to catch up with friends at the theatre. Enjoy a delicious morning tea and then sit back and enjoy the show. Find out more about Morning Music.

Support when needed

  • Delivered meals - Dietician approved meals are home delivered for people who may be nutritionally at risk, have difficulty preparing meals or are socially isolated. Our Karralyka kitchen staff prepare all meals to a very high standard. The seasonal menu offers four main meal choices daily and includes soup, main meal and dessert. Find out more about Delivered meals
  • Maroondah Police Seniors Register - The register is a free program run by volunteers to help seniors living in Maroondah feel safe and connected to their community. Volunteers regularly call those on the register to check in on their welfare. Find out more about Maroondah Police Seniors Register.

Read more about our different initiatives and programs for seniors.

Further information

For more information regarding positive ageing or to receive copies of the Framework, please contact the Active & Healthy Ageing Coordinator on 9294 5790.

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