Age Friendly Communities was developed by the Murray Alzheimer Research and Education Program (now based at Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging) and community partners.
Organizations that may fit into this sector
- Specialized geriatric services
- Mental health agencies
- Doctor’s offices
- Dentist's offices
- Home care
- Community support services (e.g. adults day programs, meal programs, home maintenance)
- Other health professionals
How does health and community support services contribute to an age-friendly community?
Accessible health and community support services enable older adults to remain active, healthy members of our community for as long as possible. It provides opportunities to age-in-place as well as to remain connected to their community. There are additional benefits for an age-friendly community located on the introduction page of the website.
How can policies, programs, and practices within the health and community support services sector reflect the principles of an age-friendly community?
What can the health and community support services sector do to help create an age-friendly community?
- Use the three building blocks to identify the strengths and areas for improvement of your health and community support services/programs:
- Learn about programs and services in the health and community support sectors in your community
- Use the available resources below to get ideas on potential programs for your community to have a more age-friendly health and community supports sector
What are some additional resources?
- World Health Organization: Checklist of Essential Features of Age-friendly Cities (PDF)
- Includes a 12 point checklist on health and community social services features for an age-friendly community
- Remote and rural checklist
- A list of key features, barriers, and suggestions for improving health and community social services in an age-friendly community
- Towards age-friendly primary healthcare
- A World Health Organization document that outlines general principles on information and training, community-based healthcare management, and physical environment related to primary healthcare
- A guide to programs and services for seniors in Ontario – Ontario Senior’s Secretariat
- A guide outlining some of the key home support services available in Ontario
- Diversity in action – A toolkit for residential settings for seniors (PDF)
- A toolkit that contains a number of tools and resources for organizations to reflect on their policies, practices, and environmental supports for seniors in a culturally diverse settings
- LGBT Toolkit – For creating culturally competent care for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender persons
- Tools and resources for long term care homes to be more inclusive of LGBT seniors
- Prevention of elder abuse policy and program lens (PDF)
- A framework developed to assess policies, programs, and practices from the perspective of preventing, detecting, and responding to elder abuse
- National Associations related to a variety of aging health concerns (access to more local or regional resources will be available through the national websites)
- Local Health Integration Networks
- The contact information for all of the Ontario Local Health Integration Networks
- Building a global framework to address the needs and contributions of older people in emergencies
Health and social services within the dementia context
- Dementia Advocacy and Support Network (DASN) International
- Alzheimer Society Canada
- The dementia policy lens toolkit (PDF)
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