Giving aged own voice
UNITING 6500 senior citizens to form one voice: this is the vision which will hopefully address concerns from a demographic which makes up a quarter of the Rose City population.
Exciting changes including having a senior representative on the new Health Council are amid “Warwick One Voice”, part of the Southern Downs Regional Council Warwick Futures Plan.
One Voice convenor and Chamber of Commerce president John Randall said the concept was to put together a small central group with representatives from the key local seniors groups to meet every two months.
“We all know the population of the Warwick district is ageing – presently we have over 25 per cent of our residents aged over 55 years,” Mr Randall said.
“In 10 years time that could reach 30 per cent. So Warwick One Voice has the crucial role of taking on board the united concerns of our seniors, and taking those concerns to where we can make a difference.
“Another key role that Warwick One Voice can play is to be the first point of contact for government agencies when they come into the area seeking information on matters concerning seniors.”
After speaking with senior groups in Warwick, Killarney and Allora, some key issues include seeking health care while still living independently at home, feeling secure while moving about town and being aware of opportunities available in their town.
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