Community engagement in decision-making

"Full and equitable inclusion must become a standard, not something that one group decides to do to include another group… Everyone [talks] about what to do for, or to, or on behalf of “them”… [and not] about ordinary, full, equal membership, participation, power, determination, and leadership as an older person." - Older adult

An age-friendly community values the participation of older adults in all aspects of decision making and program development. Relationships between individuals and organizations are based on mutual respect and value all perspectives and experiences. This approach strengthens communities and ensures that programs and services meet citizen needs.

Dementia context

An age-friendly community values the participation of persons with dementia in all aspects of decision making and program development. These relationships between individuals and organization must be based on mutual respect, and value all perspectives and experiences. As everyone’s experience with dementia can be vastly different, it is important to listen and acknowledge the different needs and challenges of all individuals. This approach strengthens communities and ensures that programs meet the needs of persons with dementia and their families.

  • How do we ensure that persons with dementia and their family members have meaningful opportunities to be involved in decisions that directly affect them?
    • How are persons with dementia and their family involved in the planning, implementation, and evaluation of the programs, services, and supports that directly affect them?
  • How can the partnership between our organization/community and persons with dementia and their families be enhanced?

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