Age-Friendly Community Planning

The Age-Friendly Community Planning Outreach Initiative is a joint effort by the Ministry of Seniors Affairs (MSA), the University of Waterloo, the Ontario Interdisciplinary Council on Aging and Health (OICAH) and the Seniors Health Knowledge Network (SHKN) in order to develop communities that will promote active, healthy aging.

The goal is to accommodate the needs of our aging population, which continues to increase. However, an Age-Friendly Community will benefit more than just seniors. Targeting older adults and taking into account their various needs will enable communities to improve the quality of life for all residents, regardless of their physical or mental capabilities.



In 2007, the World Health Organization (WHO) released “Global Age-Friendly Cities: A Guide”, which outlined eight areas of urban living. These were then adopted by the Age-Friendly Outreach Initiative as the eight dimensions which make up an Age-Friendly community. These dimensions are:

Outdoor Spaces and Public Buildings
This includes the physical environment which impacts the mobility, independence, and quality of life for senior residents.
Respect and Social Inclusion
Fostering positive attitudes towards seniors and recognizing their voice within the community.

Transportation
The services and means that are available to senior residents in order to move throughout the community.
Civic Participation and Employment
This includes any volunteer or employment opportunities that can accommodate seniors and their respective needs.

Housing
This includes the structure, design, location, and affordability of housing, as well as any related community and social services.
Communication and Information
Ensuring that information about services and activities are readily available and easily accessible to senior residents.

Social Participation
This includes the physical, social, cultural, and spiritual activities that are available to seniors in the community.
Community Support and Health Services
This includes all services available to senior residents which would help them to maintain their physical health and personal independence.


Public Meetings

Public consultations are to be held on a monthly basis in order to gain insight from seniors, caregivers, service providers, and other interested individuals. Each meeting will focus on one of the eight dimensions of an Age-Friendly Community and discuss key issues surrounding each topic.

Below is a list of the meeting dates and links to the minutes and presentation slides of previous meetings. All meetings take place from 1:30pm to 3:00pm in Council Chambers at Town Hall. (An elevator is available from the side entrance of the building).

April 11, 2017
MINUTES   PRESENTATION SLIDES   -   Introductory Meeting

June 19, 2017
MINUTES   PRESENTATION SLIDES   -   Communication and Information

July 17, 2017
MINUTES   PRESENTATION SLIDES   -   Outdoor Spaces and Public Buildings

August 21, 2017
MINUTES   PRESENTATION SLIDES   -   Transportation

September 18, 2017
MINUTES   PRESENTATION SLIDES   -   Civic Participation and Employment

October 16, 2017
MINUTES   PRESENTATION SLIDES   -   Housing

November 20, 2017
MINUTES   PRESENTATION SLIDES   -   Community Support and Health Services

December 18, 2017
MINUTES   PRESENTATION SLIDES   -   TBD

January 15, 2018
MINUTES   PRESENTATION SLIDES   -   TBD


Community Survey

A community survey has been developed in order to gain direct insight from senior residents. It addresses all eight dimensions of an Age-Friendly community and asks for some background information on respondents. The results of the survey will be included in the final community plan to serve as evidence for future community development. The survey is available in both French and English.

To print and fill out the survey by hand, please use the following links:

To fill out and submit the survey online, please use the following links:

ALL INFORMATION WILL REMAIN CONFIDENTIAL.




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