As stated in Living Healthy, Aging Well: A report by the Premier’s Panel on Seniors making cities and communities age-friendly is one of the most effective policy approaches for responding to demographic aging. The World Health Organization (WHO) defines an age friendly city/community as a place that has an “inclusive and accessible urban environment that promotes active aging”. Within that definition, the WHO identified eight domains that influence the health and quality of life of older people, including:
- Outdoor spaces and building;
- Social participation;
- Respect and social inclusion;
- Civic participation and employment;
- Communication and information; and
- Community support and health services.
Canada is an international leader in the field of age-friendly cities and communities and member of the WHO Global Network of Age-friendly cities and communities. To date, there are 850 projects worldwide, many lead by seniors, partnered by municipalities and supported by provincial governments. Age-friendly communities in both urban and rural and remote settings are essential components to not only the health and well-being of older people but to the broader communities of this province.