NSW Ageing Strategy update

More innovative and evidence based projects that will be implemented to improve the lives of older people in NSW, have been released as part of the NSW Ageing Strategy 2016 - 2020 Year Two Action Plan.

Minister for Ageing Tanya Davies launched the Year Two Action Plan along with the Year One Progress Report, which outlines achievements so far of the NSW Government's Ageing Strategy.

"Since introducing the Strategy in 2016, we have made real progress towards our vision to offer more opportunities for older people to participate in our communities" the Minister said.

"The NSW Government has built strong partnerships with businesses and organisations that foster inclusion and support older people to lead happy, healthy lives, and the Year Two Action Plan will help us to continue this work."

The Minister released the reports at the official opening of the 2018 Art of Ageing exhibition, held at NSW Parliament House, before the photography exhibition tours the state.

Art of Ageing is one of 55 projects in the Year Two Action Plan and aims to combat negative perceptions of ageing and older people.

"Misconceptions about the lives of older people are prevalent in our community but the experience of ageing is unique. Many older people are artists, athletes, business owners, farmers and volunteers, and this Exhibition challenges people's perceptions," the Minister said.

Targets under the Year Two Action Plan include an expansion of the modified sports program Getting Active and developing strategies to recruit older workers in the NSW public service.

The Year One Progress Report outlined achievements from targeted programs such as 4,600 seniors completing the Stepping On program to reduce their risk of falls and around 20,000 seniors improving their technology skills through the Tech Savvy Seniors program.