The research shows that regardless of the type of community in which older Australians reside (urban, regional or rural), one or more of the attributes identified as being fundamental to the liveability of a given community are currently absent or lacking in some way. Given these findings the question is, how would your community measure up?
As long as older Australians can drive they are likely to remain engaged but if they can no longer drive their lives will change dramatically.
No longer able to drive = diminished accessibility to services and amenities
Attention needs to be given to all the factors that contribute to liveability as they are reliant on each other i.e. take away accessibility and social support will be diminished
Implement strategies to avoid social isolation (see List of Considerations below)
Local councils and government representatives can apply the findings from this study to their respective communities. Importantly, educating the public about the services and amenities that are available for older community members is key to them experiencing their respective communities as being highly liveable across all of the five domains identified by this study. The first step for councils is to determine which mechanisms are already in place and whether or not they are being utilised. Community engagement in this process is required to establish the local community’s understanding of the options available to them.