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AGEING POPULATION IMPACTS ON ECONOMY

Posted in aged, city of fremantle, economy, health, hospitality, retail, seniors, Uncategorized by freoview on July 23, 2018

 

The media reports that the Western Australian economy has bounced back is positive, but the reasons for the closure of many hospitality outlets and the downturn in retail sales is always only ever explained with internet shopping and the mining bust. Not one expert opinion I have read considers that the fast ageing population is also a reason for people spending less money on non essential items.

Just in Fremantle I know several people whose life has changed since they went on the government pension, because they simply no longer have the money to socialise with friends in pubs and restaurants. Some tell me they can’t even afford to entertain at home, because cooking a meal for friends might cost 50% of the money of their weekly food expenditure.

Many of the pensioners I talk to say they mis no longer going to live theatre plays, concerts and events, because there is not enough money in the kitty, and even going to the hairdresser, especially for women, requires to save it from something else.

A ‘cheap’ $ 20 breakfast or $ 35 dinner in a nice cafe or restaurant are beyond their reach, so they feel on the scrap heap of society, where no one really cares how they are surviving and what their quality of life is.

The government pension does not keep up with the constantly increasing costs of just about everything, but that does not appear to be an issue for our political parties. Once one pays rent, telephone, internet and for the car, there is very little left for food, and hardly ever enough for a meal and glass of wine somewhere nice. Even doctors’ visits need to be kept to a minimum because most GPs don’t bulk bill any more, hence far too many old people use the free service at the emergency departments at our public hospitals.

It is an outrage that many old people live in cold homes in winter because they don’t have enough money to pay for gas and power, and it is an even greater outrage that thousands of people sleep on the streets of our cities.

The very fast ageing of the Australian population is very real, and it does affect the economy, so it is time for our politicians to start preparing for a future where over fifty per cent of the population will be over 60 years old. It is even more tangible and imminent than global warming, so it is time to change the priorities a bit and start looking after our older people a whole lot better.

Roel Loopers

 

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FREO’S HACC MOVED TO AMANA LIVING

 

Home and Community Care-HACC services previously provided by the City of Fremantle have officially transitioned to Amana Living.

The Fremantle Community Care program provided limited HACC social support services like group activities and excursions and taking people to the shops.

The City decided late last year to transition out of providing HACC services following major changes to the commonwealth government’s aged care funding model.

Amana Living was appointed to take over Fremantle’s services by the WA Department of Health in April following an Expression of Interest process managed by the City. The service transferred to Amana Living on 1 July.

The City worked closely with Amana Living to ensure a seamless transition for Fremantle’s 85 HACC clients.

Everything Fremantle Community Care provided will be exactly replicated with Amana Living.

The transition to Amana Living included a morning tea where clients could get to know Amana Living staff, one-on-one home visits with clients and their families and a special lunch to farewell Fremantle Community Care.

Amana Living was established in 1962 and is one of WA’s largest not-for-profit providers of care and services for older people.

As well as HACC services they also operate residential care centres, housing, respite care, transition care and dementia services, spread across 21 sites in Perth, Australind, Kalgoorlie and Albany.

Roel Loopers

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WOODSIDE FOR AGED CARE

Posted in aged, east fremantle, fremantle, Uncategorized by freoview on August 10, 2017

 

Woodside

 

The former Woodside maternity hospital in East Fremantle has been sold to a consortium for $ 13 million, and will be developed into aged-care facilities.

The gorgeous building in Dalgety Street was built in 1902 and is considered a prime example of Victorian Italianate architecture.

 

Roel Loopers

QUALITY LIVING TO AGE WELL AND HEALTHY

Posted in aged, fremantle, living by freoview on October 15, 2014

Two articles in the West Australian today caught my interest. The first one is about a study by Edith Cowan University on green public space, something we in Fremantle often talk about but where we don’t seem to be making any inroads.

The ECU study found that people who live in suburbs with good green spaces feel healthier than those who don’t have a park in the vicinity, but also that the quality of the space is more important than the proximity to where people live. Pioneer Park in Freo is a good example of a boring unattractive open green space that the City has not invested much money in, hence not many people use it. It’s the chicken and the egg thing.

The second article is about supplying spaces for “active-ageing” with an estimation that 5,7 million Australians will be over the age of 65 by 2030.

One of the requirements according to the article is less emphasis on rush-hour public transport but a steady supply of busses, trains, lightrail, so seniors can use them during the day and seven days a week.

There is also the need for new model ag-integrated buildings, and of course public open space to relax and meet people is essential to that as well.

Roel Loopers

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