The CAAM Project was a partnership between Ipswich City Council; the Australasian Centre on Ageing; UQ Boilerhouse; Qld Department of Communities; and Gold Coast City Council to develop a model of local collaborative projects that supports the national policy goal of healthy ageing.
The CAAM project brought together a group of key stakeholders in ageing in two localities including State and Local Government staff, service providers, community organisations and seniors themselves.
At each site these groups worked together on a strategy to make their community a more age-friendly place where people could age well. The project sought to advance understanding of the potential for such collaboration at the local level.
The findings of this study indicate that fostering collaborative local action on ageing well and achieving communities that are liveable for all ages is not just a quick-fix, but rather a long-term proposition. It is also a holistic goal and cannot be achieved by isolated/ narrow attention to limited issues such as town planning or ethnic diversity alone, important as these may be.
We learned a considerable amount about:
peoples ideas about the characteristics of communities where people can age well;
the vast array of information older people may want to find out about and effective ways to provide that;
ways of working in collaboration with others to achieve something worthwhile; and
the diversity of older people and challenges associated with involving all of them.