The Singleton community is fortunate to have very active, committed seniors who dedicate time and energy to give back to their community. Singleton seniors have high rates of volunteering, are involved in sports and recreation and provide endless services via the clubs that they participate in.
Currently people over 65 make up 10.1 percent of our total population, this will increase to 13.4 percent by 2021 and 17.7 percent by 2036.
Council is dedicated to ensuring that facilities and services are available to current and future senior residents of Singleton. Council also understands that the needs of our current older generation will be different to future generations and are keen to ensure Singleton is able to support older people to age well and to stay connected to the Singleton community, now and in many years to come.
Information about accessing government services can be obtained from the following websites:
- NSW State Government - Department of Ageing Disability and Home Care
- Australian Government - My Aged Care
LIFESTYLE PLAN FOR OLDER PEOPLE
In 2014, Council began development of a Lifestyle Plan for Older People and undertook extensive consultation with older people in our community. As a result of that consultation, 40 actions relating to “Our Community”; “Our Places”; “Our Environment”; and “Our Community Leadership” have been identified for implementation over the next few years.
The complete Lifestyle Plan for Older People was adopted by Council in April 2015.
TIPS FOR HEALTHY AGING
An action item from the Singleton Lifestyle Plan for Older People was to provide access to information on healthy ageing.
A “Healthy Ageing Quiz” has been produced by the National Ageing Research Institute, which will help you identify your current health and provide practical tips for ageing well.
The quiz is available in paper format from the Singleton Senior Citizens Centre and the Singleton Library. View an online version.
In March each year, Council works with community partners to coordinate activities for Seniors Week.