Hepburn Shire Council is developing a Positive Ageing Strategy and is seeking community involvement to inform the development and to ensure that the strategy addresses the real issues that people face as they age.

Positive ageing is the process of maintaining a positive attitude, feeling good about yourself, keeping fit and healthy and fully engaged in life as you age. There are many factors at play, and Council is seeking to find out from people aged 55 years and up how they feel about ageing positively.

“Older people give so much to our Shire by supporting others, working, volunteering, bringing richness to our community and so much more. Our Positive Ageing Strategy will explore what Council can do in partnership with local groups and agencies to support people to have a positive experience of getting older,” said Mayor, Cr Tim Drylie. “We have launched a survey to find out how people in Hepburn Shire are experiencing ageing. What are the challenges they faced? What are their concerns? What is working well? What support might they need to improve their experience of getting older?”

“We invite you to help us to develop the strategy and . Your input will help to inform our work towards an age-friendly community for all.”

Residents are invited to complete a survey online at https://participate.hepburn.vic.gov.au/positive-ageing or collect a copy of the survey from the local library or Council hub.

Council staff will host pop-in sessions where you can chat with staff about your experiences or ideas. A pop-up session will be held in Daylesford on Thursday 17 February in the Coles walkway from 10am to 12noon. In Glenlyon, a session will be held a the Glenlyon General Store on Tuesday 8 February from 10am to 12noon.