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.
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Age friendly communities (references for original website development in 2009)
Active Living Alliance for Canadians with a Disability All Abilities Welcome toolkit.
Arizona State University. (2005). Livable Communities. AARP Public Policy Institute. Australia Local Government Association.
Age-Friendly Built Environments: Opportunities for Local Government. Australian Local Government Association.
Born, P. (2008). Community Conversations. PBS Books. Toronto, ON.
Block, P. (2008). Structure of Community. San Francisco: Berrett-Koehler
Community Links. (2003). Preventing Falls Together: A Population Health Toolkit. Dartmouth Nova Scotia.
Dumbaugh, E. (2008). Designing Communities to Enhance the Safety and Mobility of Older Adults: A Universal Approach. Journal of Planning Literature, 23(1),17-36.
Elder Services Advisory Committee - Region of Halton. (2007). The Quality of Life for Seniors in Halton Today and Tomorrow: A Guide for Future Planning. Elder Health Elder Care Coalition. January 2005.
Towards an Elder Health Framework for Ontario: A Working Document Federal/Provincial/Territorial Ministers Responsible for Seniors. (November 2007) Working Together for Seniors: A Toolkit to Promote Seniors’ Social Integration in Community Services, Programs and Policies. Federal, Provincial and Territorial Committee of Officials (Seniors). (n.d)
Healthy Aging in Canada: A New Vision, A Vital Investment. A Discussion Brief.
Gillies, J. (2008). Campus Recreation and Athletics Opportunities for University Students with Disabilities: An Action Research Approach to Equality. Unpublished manuscript for a PhD dissertation, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, ON.
Hancock, T. (1993). Health, Human Development and the Community Ecosystem: Three Ecological Models. Health Promotion International, 8(1), 41-47.
Hancock, T. (1997). Healthy Cities and Communities: Past, Present and Future.
Hancock, T. (1999). Health Care Reform and Reform for Health: Creating a Health System for Communities in the 21st Century. Futures, 31, 417–436.
Hooker, S.P. & Cirill, L. (2007). Walkable Neighborhoods for Seniors: The Alameda County Experience. Journal of Applied Gerontology, 26(2), 157-181
Kochera, A. & Bright, K. (Winter 2005 – 2005). Livable Communities for Older People. Generations, pgs 32 – 36.
Kretzman, J.P. & McKnight, J.L. (1993). Building Communities from the inside out: A path toward finding and mobilizing a community’s assets. Evanston, IL.
Murray Alzheimer Research and Education Program - Partnership Working Group. (2008). Relational Care: A truly inclusive vision for the future. Conference presentation, presented at Therapeutic Recreation Ontario 2008, Ottawa.
Mathie, A. & Cunningham, G. (2002). From Clients to Citizens: Asset-based Community Development as a Strategy for Community-driven Development. Antigonish, Nova Scotia.
McLeod, Linda (1997). Toward Healthy-Aging Communities: A Population Health Approach. Division of Aging and Seniors, Health Canada.
McKnight, J.L. & Kretzmann, J.P. (1996). Mapping Community Capacity. Evanston, IL.
Ministry of Community and Social Services. (2008). Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act.
National Educational Association of Disabled Students. (2005). Making Extra-Curricular Activities Accessible: Summary of Practical Tips.
Creating Livable Communities. Washington D.C.
Ontario Home Care Association. (2007). Creating an Age-Friendly Ontario.
Ontario Healthy Communities Coalition (2004). Inclusive Community Organizations: A Tool Kit.
Toronto, Ontario. Ontario Ministry of Public Affairs and Housing. (2005).
Planning for Barrier Free Municipalities, Ontario Ministry of Municipal Affairs.
Pedlar, A. Haworth, L., Hutchison, Pg., Taylors, A., Dunn, P. (1999). A Textured Life: Empowerment and Adults with Developmental Disabilities. Wilfrid Laurier University Press. Play Works. (2005).
Youth Friendly Communities Good Practices, Play Works.
Age-Friendly Rural and Remote Communities: A Guide (PDF). Public Health Agency of Canada.
Pynos, J. & Nishita, C.M. (2003). The Cost and Financing of Home Modifications in the United States. Journal of Disability Policy, 14(2), 68-73.
Quinn, A. (2008). Health Aging in Cities. Journal of Urban Health: Bulletin of the New York Academy of Medicine, 85(2), pg s 151 – 153.
Roundtable on Future Planning for People Affected by Alzheimer's Disease and Related Dementias. (2006). An ADRD Planning Framework. Murray Alzheimer Research and Education Program.
Seniors & Healthy Aging Secretariat of Manitoba (2008). Age Friendly Community Initiative: How Age Friendly is Your Community?
Satariano, W.A. (2003). Promoting Physical Activity Among Older Adults: From Ecology to the Individual. American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 25(3Siii), 184-192.
The American Institute of Architects. (2005). Livability 101: What Makes a Community Livable? Washington D.C.
Torjman, S. (2004). Culture and Recreations Links to Well-Being. The Caledon Institute of Social Policy. Ottawa, Ontario.
United Way of Guelph & Wellington (2008). Barriers to Physical Health: Participation and Activity Limitation Survey (PALS) Data.
Westley, F., Zimmerman, B., & Patton, M.Q. (2006). Getting to maybe. Vintage Canada, Toronto, ON.
World Health Organization. (2007). Global Age-Friendly Cities: A Guide (PDF).
Key age friendly community resources
Other tools available online
- Ontario Alzheimer Strategy: An Alzheimer's disease and related dementias (ADRD) Planning Framework
- All Abilities Welcome Toolkit (order for free)
- Canada WALKS - Website of tools and resources
- Tamarack Institute for Community Engagement
- How to Select an Age-Friendly Fitness Facility (PDF)
- The Safe Living Guide - A Guide to Home Safety for Seniors
- The National Blueprint for Injury Prevention in Older Drivers (Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists)
- Master Aging Plan for Brantford
- Ontario Seniors' Secretariat: Finding the Right Fit - Age-Friendly Community Planning
- Ontario Ministry of Community and Social Services - Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities
- Manitoba Seniors and Healthy Aging Secretariat - Age Friendly Manitoba
- Alberta Center for Active Aging: The Rural Route to Active Aging
2009 Regional forums
A series of regional forums were held throughout 2009 in the cities listed below. For a copy of any of these presentations please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- City of Thunder Bay
- Dryden Community
- Town of Fort Frances
- City of Kenora
- Murray Alzheimer Research and Education Program (MAREP) presentation
Sault Ste. Marie
Age-Friendly Communities - Ontario Seniors' Secretariat
- Opening Remarks - Jean-Marie Allard
- Sault Ste. Marie YMCA - Building an Age-Friendly Organization
- Sault Ste. Marie Accessibility Committee
- Champlain Community Care Access Centre - Sheila Bauer
- Age Friendly Communities - Ontario Seniors’ Secretariat
- Voices of Youth Through Images of Aging
- Age-Friendly Communities - Public Health Agency of Canada
- Affordable Supportive Housing in Ottawa - United Way
- Aging-Well in Haliburton County - Angela Van Berlo
- Simcoe County SMART Program - Jennifer Jones
- Ontario Communities walkON - Mandy Johnson
- Environment Network - Michele Rich
- Ontario Seniors’ Secretariat
- Healthy Places, Healthy People Inter-Municipal Planning Consultation Committee (IMPCC) - Brian Hillman
- Erie St. Clair Community Care Access Centre - Tricia Khan
- Senior Planning Committee for Kingsville and Leamington
- Windsor Seniors Advisory Committee - Jill Cadarette
- Voices of Youth through Images of Aging - Western University
- Principles to Guide Practice - Glen Miller
- Hamilton Council on Aging
- Burlington Seniors Roundtable - Judy Worsley
- Master Aging Plan for Brantford and Brandt - Mary Burnett
- Ontario Seniors' Secretariat (OSS) Age Friendly Cities
- Age Friendly Niagara - Brock University
- Age Friendly Communities - Ontario Seniors' Secretariat
- A Toronto for All - Sandra Pitters
- Ageing and the Environment - Jane Barratt
- Planning for Age-friendly Communities - Melanie Hare
- Community Services and Housing for Seniors - St. Paul's L'Amoreau Centre
Sharing community strategies (2009 community initiatives)
In 2009, an audit was completed of interesting projects from Ontario and beyond whereby people were helping to make their communities age-friendly. For a list of these age-friendly communities projects, please email email@example.com.