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.
"We have been asked these questions over, and over again… I am sick and tired of talking. Let’s see some action!" - Older adult
To be considered an age-friendly community all programs, services, and planning of age-friendly communities must be delivered in a manner that respects the five guiding principles. Those in positions of power must be held accountable for facilitating meaningful engagement, listening, and responding to the needs and interest of all citizens, including older adults.
Within age-friendly communities, programs and services for persons with dementia must also be delivered in a manner that respects the five guiding principles. Additionally, service providers must be held accountable for listening, and responding to the needs and interests of people living with dementia and their families, striving to make their community, organization, or business as dementia-friendly as possible.
- What are some examples of how we demonstrate accountability to uphold the guiding principles and overall philosophy of an age-friendly community?
- How could we improve this to suit the unique needs of people living with dementia?
- How do we demonstrate that we are accountable to the people within our organization, particularly persons with dementia?
Accountability is the last guiding principle. Click on Building blocks to go to the next section.