Government of New Brunswick
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Creating environments that support seniors to live healthy, active and safe lives and participate fully as valued members within their communities is one of the most effective approaches to address issues related to the aging demographic trend.  This guide will be a useful tool for anyone who undertakes an AFC initiative.  It provides direction regarding the broad principles and parameters recommended by the World Health Organization, but within a New Brunswick context.  The intent is to encourage the AFC movement to take root in all New Brunswick communities.

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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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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.

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The Public Health Agency of Canada has prepared the Age-Friendly Communities Evaluation Guide to provide communities with practical information on how to use indicators to measure progress and evaluate their age-friendly initiatives.

The Guide focuses on one important aspect of developing and maintaining an age-friendly community: the use of indicators in planning, implementing and evaluating age-friendly community initiatives. The Guide not only provides information on how and why the use of indicators can strengthen community age-friendly initiatives, it also offers a menu of specific, measurable indicators that are applicable to the eight domains of community life that are being addressed in age-friendly programming.

Global age-friendly cities: a guide

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The purpose of this guide is to engage cities to become more age-friendly so as to tap the potential that older people represent for humanity. It describes the converging trends of rapid growth of the population over 60 years of age and of urbanization, outlines the challenge facing cities, and summarizes the research process that led to identifying the core features of an age-friendly city.