The New Brunswick Age-Friendly Community Recognition Program is a way of encouraging communities and municipalities across the province to become welcoming places for all ages. The program encourages the creation of policies, services and structures that promote healthy aging and wellness.
The Age-Friendly Community movement encourages healthy aging and wellness under the following eight areas:
- outdoor spaces and buildings
- social participation
- respect and social inclusion
- civic participation and employment
- communication and information
- community support
- health services
Work in these key areas can help seniors to live in secure, healthy environments where they can contribute fully to society.
An age-friendly community is a place where seniors can flourish. When a community takes on age-friendly initiatives, it’s creating a supportive place where seniors are respected for their contributions and strengths. This helps build communities that are more inclusive for everyone.
What are the Rewards?
Recognition for a community’s commitment to become age-friendly will include:
- An Age-Friendly Recognition Plaque and a Pull-Up Banner for display in the community.
- A one-page action summary highlighting steps and initiatives taken to achieve age-friendly status will be posted on the department’s Age Friendly Community web page to recognize the community’s leadership and achievement.
- An opportunity to receive national recognition from the Public Health Agency of Canada and an invitation to join the World Health Organization (WHO) Global Network for Age-friendly Cities and Communities.