Participation and connection are the heart of inclusive and healthy age friendly communities, yet many older people face barriers to these. The vital contribution older people make to our communities needs to be better recognised and robustly supported. Progress in longevity is to be celebrated, not presented as a ‘burden’ through the lens of ageism. Yes there are challenges associated with any major demographic change and we need multiple mechanisms to address these. We need to work together to create an Age Friendly Victoria: a great place for all ages. We welcome your comments and feedback.