Age-Friendly Study

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Age-friendly communities support older people to age with dignity, respect and independence, and promote the inclusion of older adults in all areas of community life. Importantly, age-friendly communities are designed to address the needs of all residents.

The World Health Organization identified eight key areas of community life in which communities can become more age-friendly:


  • Outdoor spaces and buildings
  • Transportation
  • Housing
  • Social participation
  • Respect and social inclusion
  • Civic participation and employment
  • Communication and information
  • Community support and health services

Age-friendly communities support older people to age with dignity, respect and independence, and promote the inclusion of older adults in all areas of community life. Importantly, age-friendly communities are designed to address the needs of all residents.

The World Health Organization identified eight key areas of community life in which communities can become more age-friendly:


  • Outdoor spaces and buildings
  • Transportation
  • Housing
  • Social participation
  • Respect and social inclusion
  • Civic participation and employment
  • Communication and information
  • Community support and health services
  • Coffee Chats: Public Meeting

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  • Understanding the Project

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    Project Process

    Engagement and input from current residents, community organizations and health partners, data analysis and information review, as well as best practices research of initiatives other communities are undertaking, will be used to develop an Age-Friendly Plan for the community.

    There are two key components to the project. The first is the preparation of an Age-Friendly Needs Assessment Report. Data collection and analysis, review of existing Town policies and strategies, and feedback from residents and organizations will help us to identify key needs or gaps across the eight key areas.

    The Needs Assessment will then inform the development of an Age-Friendly Community Action Plan and Implementation Plan which will identify key strategies and priorities that the Town and community partners can implement to help support older residents in remaining in their community with appropriate supports and community amenities, services and programs.

    It is anticipated that this project will take approximately a year to complete.

    Community Engagement

    Residents, community organizations and other key stakeholders will have several opportunities to get involved and provide their input into the process and preparation of the Needs Assessment report and Community Plan.

    Stay Tuned! We are anticipating launching the first round of community engagement in May. Check back here to learn more about the engagement opportunities as details are confirmed.