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Did you know that Tweed Shire has twice the NSW state average of residents over the age of 65? And this number is expected to increase in the coming years!

Tweed Shire Council values the contribution that seniors make in the community while recognising the needs of older people in order to promote and support healthy ageing. Council's Community Development Team includes a Community Development Officer - Ageing and Disability to advocate for and support the older members of the community.

To contact a member of the Community Development Team, please call 1300 292 872 or email tsc@tweed.nsw.gov.au.

Dementia Friendly Communities

Council continues the partnership with Dementia Australia in fostering Dementia Friendly Communities and more recently in the Dementia Friends campaign. Tweed Libraries, and Museum are registered with Dementia Australia as Dementia Friendly sites. Council has made a commitment to encourage staff to become Dementia Friends. This campaign supports individuals to understand dementia and how to support someone with dementia. In June 2019 Council’s Management Team participated in the Dementia Friends training in order to promote the program with staff.

Dementia Action Week 2019

For Dementia Action Week 2019 Council is encouraging everyone to become a Dementia Friend. The Dementia Friends campaign, designed and rolled out by Dementia Australia, seeks to empower community members to support people living with dementia in our community.

Tweed Shire has one of the highest rates of dementia in NSW. This is mostly due to the number of people over the age of 65 in this area. Over 70% of people with dementia live in the community. Council has been working with Dementia Australia over the past three years on creating a dementia friendly community. A number of organisations and businesses have come on board as dementia friendly sites.

Dementia Friends continues this work by increasing understanding and raising awareness on how to support people with dementia be included and involved in the community. Council is also supporting the Dementia Australia campaign by encouraging staff to become Dementia Friends.

Anyone can become a Dementia Friend. Visit www.dementiafriendly.org.au (external link) for more information.

Tweed Shire Dementia Friendly Communities Sites

Below are the locations across the Tweed that are registered with Dementia Australia as Dementia Friendly sites. This means that they have been through an assessment process, developed an action plan to become dementia friendly and registered their plans with Dementia Australia.

  • Cudgen Leagues Club
  • Kingscliff Bowls Club
  • Maddie and Lil Boutique
  • Real Estate 2487
  • St Cuthbert’s Church
  • Tweed Byron Ballina Community Transport
  • Tweed Mall
  • Tweed Meals on Wheels
  • Tweed Regional Gallery and Margaret Olley Art Centre
  • Tweed Regional Libraries
  • Tweed Regional Museum (Murwillumbah)
  • Twin Towns Uniting Church

NSW Seniors Festival

For information, please visit the Tweed Seniors Festival page.

Committees, Interagency, Networks and Working Groups

Community Services Staff are involved in the following group to advocate for and support, initiatives of older people across the Shire.

The Tweed Community Care Forum meets to discuss and address aged care issues in the Tweed. This forum improves communication between service providers and develops greater understanding of the service needs within the region. For more information about this email communityservices@tweed.nsw.gov.au.

Policy and Strategic Documents

An Age Friendly Community Policy (53kB PDF) was endorsed by Council on 21 May 2015.

The Issues Paper and Profile of Older People, 2014 (5.35mB PDF) is an overview of the ageing population in Tweed Shire. The paper highlights the main issues relevant to older people and follows the framework headings of the World Health Organisation Global Age Friendly Cities Guide.

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