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.
“Housing is more than just mere shelter- it is an important determinant of one’s physical, mental; and emotional well-being.” - Kochera A, Straight A, Guterbock, T. Beyond 50.05: A Report on the Nation on Livable Communities. Creating Environments for Successful Aging. American Association of Retired Persons. May 2005.
Organizations that may fit into this sector
- Housing with services (e.g. supportive housing, supports for daily living)
- Long term care homes
- Retirement homes
- Builders and developers
- Planning departments
- Private housing (e.g. houses, seniors apartments, condominiums, life leases)
- Federal, provincial and municipal housing agencies
How does the housing sector contribute to an age-friendly community?
A continuum of affordable, accessible housing in each community ensures that older adults have the option to age in place with their families, friends and support networks. There are additional benefits for an age-friendly community located on the introduction page of the website.
What can the housing sector do to help create an age-friendly community?
- Use the three building blocks to identify the strengths and gaps of your housing services/programs:
- Learn about programs and services in the housing sector in your community
- Use the available resources below to get ideas on potential housing programs for your community
How can policies, programs, and practices within the housing sector reflect the principles of an age-friendly community?
What are some additional resources?
- World Health Organization: Checklist of Essential Features of Age-friendly Cities (PDF)
- Includes a seven point checklist on housing features for an age-friendly community
- Remote and rural checklist
- A list of key features, barriers, and suggestions for improving housing for older adults in an age-friendly community
- Planning By design: A healthy communities handbook
- A handbook created by the Ontario Professional Planners Institute and the Ministry of Municipal Affairs to share planning and design strategies for a more healthy community
- Halton Region – Is your home suitable for you now and in the future? A housing checklist (PDF)
- An easy to read checklist of housing considerations for home modifications as individuals age
- Selected readings, tools, and resources
- Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC)
- A variety of tools and resources related to older adults including information about financial assistance programs, and renovations and adaptations for housing
Housing within the dementia context
- Safety in the home: Maintaining a safe, dementia-friendly environment
Published online by Alzheimer Society Canada
- Dementia care and the built environment
Published by Alzheimer's Australia
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