Government of New Brunswick
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An Age-Friendly Community is a place where seniors can age actively, live in security and enjoy good health – actions that will improve the quality of life for all citizens well into the future. When a community undertakes age-friendly initiatives, they’re creating a supportive environment where seniors are respected for the valuable contributions they make and where seniors are given a chance to let their strengths shine. This doesn’t just enhance the quality of life for individuals as they get older – it builds a community that’s more inclusive for everyone!

 

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The Age Friendly Community movement encourages the establishment of policies, services, and structures that promote healthy aging and wellness.  These actions enable seniors to live in secure, healthy environments where they can contribute fully in society.  The New Brunswick Age-Friendly Recognition Program recognizes success and encourages communities and municipalities to take sustainable action towards becoming Age-Friendly.  To be recognized for their Age-Friendly efforts, communities must complete 4 basic steps based on the WHO framework.  These steps demonstrate a community’s commitment to Age-Friendly principles through community engagement, and action.  Each step is designed to help communities increase awareness, and gather support from key partners (e.g citizens, local agencies, non-government organizations, and local business).

 

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The journey toward becoming an Age-Friendly Community requires ongoing commitment and action from the community. As described in Steps 5 and 6 of the AFC Recognition Guide, to maintain their Age-Friendly Recognition status, municipalities/communities must demonstrate this ongoing commitment to their Age-Friendly initiative and action plan every three years. A community that has already received an Age-Friendly Community Award and wishes to maintain and renew this certification should use this form to do so. Follow the instructions included with the form to how and when to submit completed forms, and to obtain contact information for any question pertaining to the program or the renewal process.

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Intergenerational programs and activities that bridge the generation gap help to break down barriers among people of varying ages and address issues such as social isolation, ageism, and misunderstanding. Creating supportive environments which enhance opportunities for the sharing of ideas, knowledge and experience will build upon community strengths and move New Brunswick toward creating more Age-Friendly Communities (AFC).

This Intergenerational Toolkit will help communities and organizations engage children, youth and seniors in effectively hosting intergenerational projects. It contains practical information and resources to support educators, care providers, community groups and agencies in coordinating successful intergenerational initiatives.

You may obtain a printed copy of this guide by filling an order form available HERE.