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HOW CAN FREMANTLE BECOME MORE AGE FRIENDLY?

Posted in aged, city of fremantle, community, health, local government, seniors, Uncategorized by freoview on November 28, 2018

 

The City of Fremantle is very aware that Australia’s population is ageing fast and has established an Age Friendly City working group, of which I am a member.

To make sure that we get as much input from the community as possible there is also an online survey which you can access here: https://mysay.fremantle.wa.gov.au/agefriendly2019

Please take some time to let your elected members, City staff and the working group know what your thoughts are, what needs to be improved at age care, what is missing and should be implemented, etc.

The survey closes on December 9, so have your say NOW!

Roel Loopers

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NOTRE DAME UNI END OF LIFE CHOICES FORUM

Posted in city of fremantle, health, living, notre dame university, Uncategorized by freoview on September 9, 2018

 

Fremantle’s Notre Dame University is holding a very interesting forum on a controversial topic that will interest most people in our community, especially the older ones

‘A Conversation about End of Life Issues: Considerations following the release of the Parliamentary Report by the Joint Committee on End of Life Choices’

Wednesday 19 September | 6.00pm-8.30pm
The University of Notre Dame Australia
Tannock Hall of Education, Corner of Croke and Cliff Streets, Fremantle

End of life care is of great concern to many within our community, particularly those suffering from acute physical illness, or those employed in the medical or healthcare professions. The issue has and is likely to generate a substantial amount of public debate in the coming months given the findings and recommendations of the report from the State Parliament’s Joint Select Committee on End of Life Choices in Western Australia.

The University wishes to facilitate a respectful discussion on all relevant aspects to this issue, including palliative care, living wills and euthanasia, so that a range of views and perspectives can be heard. We look forward to seeing you at this important event.

Guest presenters at the forum will include:
Professor David Kissane (The University of Notre Dame Australia and St Vincent’s Hospital, Sydney)
Dr Richard Lugg (Department of Health WA and Doctors for Assisted Dying Choice)
Dr Murray Hindle (Dying with Dignity WA)
Ms Lana Glogowski (Palliative Care WA)
Mr Chris Shanahan SC (Barrister, Murray Chambers)

Please register your attendance by Monday 17 September

For further information, please contact Ms Ana Ferreira Manhoso at fremantle.events@nd.edu.au or on 08 9433 0575.

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STILL ME PHOTOGRAPHY SHOW AT KIDOGO

Posted in fremantle, photography by freoview on November 12, 2013

A very endearing photo exhibition by Fremantle photographer Chris Gosfield, titled STILL ME, will open at Kidogo Arthouse at Bathers Beach on Wednesday morning at 11 am on November 13. The Still Me photos show senior citizens holding up photos of their past and will be shown during Senior Week Festival.

Roel Loopers

P.S. Great to hear the City of Fremantle contractors sprayed the ‘dustbowl’ with dust represent this morning.

 

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FREO’S OLDIES DESERVE BETTER

Posted in fremantle by freoview on May 2, 2013

I have made previous mentions of my concerns about what I see as the City of Fremantle neglecting senior citizens and the reality of an ageing population. I am supportive of younger councils as they need to direct us to the future they want to create for our cities, but younger elected members should not ignore the needs of senior residents in favour of the needs of the younger ones. By all means look after and improve bicycle paths, support street art, create a youth plaza, reduce vehicular traffic, make the city more pedestrian friendly, encourage higher density housing so students will be able to live here, etc. but what is being done for the older residents of Freo?

The City council Green machine wants us all to hop on our bikes or walk , don’t mind the age, the hip and knee replacements, bad backs and dodgy tickers, and use public transport instead of cars to go shopping and make doctors’ visits. They even want to encourage apartment development with no car bays for residents, to the exclusion of senior citizens who rely on their city cars to get from A to B and beyond.

No great attempts I know off have been made to get substantial affordable housing for older people in the inner city as the ageing of the population in Australia is ignored by a council hell-bend on creating space, living conditions and pleasures for those who came after us baby boomers. That in my opinion is an imbalance this young Freo council needs to address with some urgency, be that through lobbying state and federal governments or by taking the initiative themselves. The tokenism of a small percentage of affordable housing for projects that might never be built is not good enough. The senior residents of Freo deserve better.

Roel Loopers

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