“Design for the young and you exclude the old. Design for the old and you include everyone.”
- The late Bernard Isaacs, Founding Director of the Birmingham Centre for Applied Gerontology
'Age-friendly' is the idea of making structures and services more accessible and inclusive for seniors with varying needs and capacities. This means looking at how we build infrastructure, the way we get around, and even the way we shop for goods and services. People in age-friendly communities are supported in maintaining their independence and have access to the community supports and services they need. They help seniors:
- Maintain their independence
- Prevent illness and injury
- Find critical supports and services
Age-friendly communities promote healthy and active aging and support people of all ages, backgrounds and circumstances to interact, share experiences and contribute.
Join people from across the province to learn about the benefits of the World Health Organization’s Age-Friendly movement, approaches being taken by communities of varying size, and how two new Alberta Age-Friendly groups on the Healthy Aging CORE platform support local initiatives. There will be time for questions and discussion following a panel presentation.
- Rob Miyashiro, Executive Director, Lethbridge Senior Citizens Organization
- Caroline Gee, Age-Friendly Coordinator at Edmonton Seniors Coordinating Council
- Sandy Wacker, Community Supports and Age-Friendly Facilitator at Town of Innisfail
For more information about Age-Friendly and to join the Alberta Age-Friendly groups, visit https://corealberta.ca/all-groups.