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
- Agencies/government managing recreation centres, arenas, parks
- Colleges and universities, adult learning centres
- Public libraries
- General interest groups or clubs (e.g. private, not-for-profit or member organized)
- Faith communities
- Performing arts centre or groups, galleries, cultural centres, museums
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.
How can policies, programs, and practices within the life enrichment sector reflect the principles of an age-friendly community?
What can the life enrichment sector do to help create an age-friendly community?
- Use the three building blocks to identify the strengths and gaps of life enrichment services/programs:
- Learn about programs and services that strive to make life enrichment opportunities in your community more age-friendly
- Use the available resources below to get ideas on potential programs for your community to have a more age-friendly life enrichment opportunities
What are some additional resources?
- World Health Organization: Checklist of Essential Features of Age-friendly Cities (PDF)
- Includes an eight point checklist of social participation features for an age-friendly community
- Remote and rural checklist
- A list of key features, barriers, and suggestions for improving social participation in age-friendly communities
- International Council on Active Aging – How to select an age-friendly fitness facility
- Checklists for an older adult to determine age-friendly fitness facilities and personal trainers; it can also be used for fitness facilities to identify areas of how they can become more age-friendly
- 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
- Active Living Alliance for Canadians with a Disability
- Resources, articles, and tools including “All Abilities Welcome Toolkit” available online or by mail (for free)
- Older Adult Centres Association of Ontario (OACAO)
- Information about workshops and resources (available for fee) for Older Adult Centres
- VON – SMART Program
- Information and resource guide to set up an in-home exercise programs for older adults in your community
- Canadian Centre for Activity and Aging
- Information and resources for exercise programs for older adults
- Act II Studios – Ryerson University
- A theatre group for older adults 50 years and older