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.

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.

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

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

October 16, 2017

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

December 18, 2017
MINUTES   PRESENTATION SLIDES   -   Social Participation

January 15, 2018
MINUTES   PRESENTATION SLIDES   -   Respect and Social Inclusion

Community Survey

A community survey was launched in both French and English in order to gain direct insight from our senior residents. The survey addressed all eight dimensions of an Age-Friendly community and gathered some background information on respondents. We received 140 responses from the community and have begun compiling the data which will be posted here once completed. The results will also be included in the final Age-Friendly Community Improvement Plan to better demonstrate where municipal efforts are required

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