Towards a more age-friendly city

The City of Charlottetown recently held workshops to receive citizensʼ feedback to help it develop an action plan to make it an age-friendly city. An online questionnaire is also available (click here) until Saturday, November 20.

What is an age-friendly city/community?

According to the Government of Canada, “In an age-friendly community, the policies, services and structures related to the physical and social environment are designed to help seniors ‛age actively.ʼ In other words, the community is set up to help seniors live safely, enjoy good health and stay involved.”

History

In 2007, the World Health Organization (WHO) issued a Global Age-Friendly Cities guide to help cities and communities to achieve this aim.

The introduction explains why it was developed: “Informed by WHO’s approach to active ageing, the purpose of this Guide is to engage cities to become more age-friendly so as to tap the potential that older people represent for humanity. An age-friendly city encourages active ageing by optimizing opportunities for health, participation and security in order to enhance quality of life as people age. In practical terms, an age-friendly city adapts its structures and services to be accessible to and inclusive of older people with varying needs and capacities.”

WHO also published a progress report in 2018 entitled Global Network for Age-friendly Cities and Communities.

Age-friendly cities in Canada

Many municipalities across Canada have an Age-friendly Action Plan or an Age-friendly City Plan.

Help make Charlottetown an age-friendly city

You can help with Charlottetownʼs Age-friendly Action Plan by completing the online questionnaire.

The City of Charlottetown Seniors Engagement Committee is looking to hear from seniors on important issues and how to make Charlottetown more senior-friendly. All information gathered will be kept confidential and will contribute to the development of an age-friendly city.

The deadline is Saturday, November 20. Estimated completion time: 20 to 25 minutes.

Report a typo, or send a question or comment by e-mail to:
newcharlottetownproject@eastlink.ca

Author: New Charlottetown Project

Barbara Dylla has lived in Charlottetown since 2017. The aim of this blog is to inspire and encourage Charlottetowners to be more aware of municipal affairs, to participate as engaged citizens, to support an issue close to their heart, so that together we create a sense of the larger community we live in. And, along the way, become a united community passionate about making Charlottetown the best it can be.

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