Collaborative Approach to Ageing Well in the Community Model (CAAM) Project Summary

Warburton, Jeni, Cuthill, Michael, Bartlett, Helen, Everingham, Jo-Anne and Petriwskyj, Andrea (2009) Collaborative Approach to Ageing Well in the Community Model (CAAM) Project Summary St Lucia, QLD, Australia: The University of Queensland

Author Warburton, Jeni
Cuthill, Michael
Bartlett, Helen
Everingham, Jo-Anne
Petriwskyj, Andrea
Title of report Collaborative Approach to Ageing Well in the Community Model (CAAM) Project Summary
Publication date 2009-10
Publisher The University of Queensland
Place of publication St Lucia, QLD, Australia
Language eng
Subjects 370501 Population Trends and Policies
379999 Studies in Human Society not elsewhere classified
370102 Social Policy and Planning
370104 Urban Sociology and Community Studies
Formatted abstract
Around the world there is increasing recognition of the challenges and opportunities posed by population ageing, and action on ageing well in local communities is becoming ever more important. The proportion of the world’s population aged 60 and over is rapidly increasing. As communities seek to address increasingly complex problems, including the challenges posed by population ageing, there is renewed conviction about the benefits of working in collaborative networks to encompass work across disciplines and involve a range of stakeholder organisations and groups at a number of levels.

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. There were two research questions guiding the project:
• What are the key components of a sustainable model for such collaboration?
• What opportunities and constraints are associated with developing and implementing a collaborative, community-based strategy for ageing well?

In addition to addressing the research questions, there was a strong intention that the project should:
• Create opportunities for older people (and community members with their interests at heart) to be involved in decision making; in designing some changes to services or the social or built environment to better meet the needs of older people; and in increasing appreciation in the community of the contribution and value of older people.
• Give participants new skills, knowledge, connections and achievements – particularly in terms of working with others.
Q-Index Code AX
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes This research was conducted at the Australasian Centre on Ageing and UQ Boilerhouse Community Engagement Centre, The University of Queensland and was supported by an Australian Research Council Linkage Grant held by The University of Queensland and subsequently by LaTrobe University.

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