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Building blocks

What are the building blocks?

The three building blocks are the practical components of building an age-friendly community. They include:

  • An informed society
  • An enabled and supportive environment
  • Personal, social, and system connectedness

As you work through the building blocks, you will find a quick description of each building block, reflective questions that will help you identify the strengths and weaknesses of your community, and additional tips and strategies that will help you answer the reflective questions.

Why use reflective questions?

Reflective questions are a strong tool as they allow you to take a holistic and reflective approach. These reflective questions have many benefits including:

  • Allow deeper thinking and critical analysis of your community
  • Allows for relationships to be built through developing a shared understanding of multiple of perspectives
  • Helps you focus not only on the end results or outcomes but on the process as a whole

When using our reflective questions, keep these points in mind:

  • The reflective questions are the starting point to becoming more age-friendly
  • You don’t need to answer all of the questions immediately
  • Avoid answering these questions with a simple yes/no responses, dig deep and think critically
  • Recognize the variety of perspectives sitting at your table and respect everyone’s unique insight
  • Be sure to make notes along the way. These notes will help you identify your short, mid and long-term goals for building your age-friendly community
    • What are the strengths of your community?
    • What are the areas that need improvements within your community?
    • What areas have you yet to address?

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