"…the generic meaning of “livability” to me [is] it’s ‘livable’. You can meet your basic needs. You’re not afraid of crime. You’re not afraid of other safety issues… It’s just a nice place to live." - Hwanf, Glass, Gutzmann and Joo Shin, (2008, p 225).

An age-friendly community promotes the values of ‘livable communities’. Livable communities encourage meaningful engagement and social inclusion, are safe and accessible for all citizens and have positive effects on people’s health and wellbeing. As you build your age-friendly community be sure to focus on the aspects that make it a livable community, areas of focus may include:

  • The built environment
  • Vibrant public spaces
  • Community identity
  • Transportation
  • Housing
  • Social program options
  • And many more!

Dementia context

Within your age-friendly community, you may need to take a few extra steps to ensure it is a livable community for people living with dementia. Use these reflective questions below to promote the values of livable communities for everyone.

  • How can the health and well-being of persons with dementia be considered within every area of community living?
  • How does our physical environment reflect the principles of livability?
  • What steps could we take to further enhance the livability of our environment in a way that will directly support person with dementia and their family members?

Go to next guiding principle: Accountability.