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Age-Friendly Community Success Stories from Ontario

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Through the support of volunteers, grants and in-kind donations, Brantford has developed a Master Aging Plan. Brantford’s AFC planning experience has led to one key conclusion: the need to look beyond ‘age’ as a determinant of appropriate action. If the focus is placed more on an individual’s functional capacity and social capital, it becomes possible to not only generate more effective solutions, but to generate solutions that benefit people in all stages of life.

Cambridge has worked together with older adults and service providers to assess the needs of the community and put forth 5 key areas for community improvement: housing, transportation, community health services and
support, respect and social inclusion as well as
communication and information.

Dryden’s Age-Friendly Network formed partnerships to address service gaps, improved access to services and improved the quality of life for seniors. Many improvements have already been made, including the creation of a community service guide, hosting education sessions targeting caregivers and seniors, the creation of an Anishenaabe Community Liaison, expanding the use of Telehealth Ontario and the establishment of a regional caregiver support network.

The Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit and the Haliburton Highlands Family Health Team partnered to provide education, awareness and activity sessions to seniors on falls prevention. Through a county-wide survey, focus groups, and in-depth interviews, the Committee created a list of priorities for action in four areas: accessibility, housing, transportation and communications.

The Hamilton Council on Aging has worked to implement recommendations including increasing the walkability and accessibility of retail centres as well as raising awareness of seniors focused services such as workshops to assist older adults in navigating the Hamilton Street Railway. Next steps include increasing the age friendliness of Hamilton’s public transportation system and connecting older adults from diverse ethno-cultural communities to community services.

As a member of the World Health Organization’s Global Network of Age-Friendly Cities and Communities, the City of London has approved a Three Year Action Plan for an Age-Friendly London. Improvements already made include the installation of countdown timers on crosswalks, improved readability of street signs, and the advertisement of the London Transit Commission’s “Get On Board” program. Future improvements include the creation of a “check-in” service for isolated seniors and a recognition program for older adult volunteers.

The Age-Friendly Ottawa Project has establishing their community as a member of the World Health Organization’s Global Network of Age-Friendly Cities and Communities. Age-Friendly Ottawa has also recently launched a Business Recognition Project that will engage seniors in recognizing, acknowledging and highlighting exemplary age-friendly business practices in Ottawa.

Thunder Bay
The Age-Friendly Thunder Bay Committee has establishing their community as a member of the World Health Organization’s Global Network of Age-Friendly Cities and Communities. Key goals include a respectful attitude toward seniors, access to places for walking, volunteer opportunities for seniors and cultural events and activities. The Committee has received funding from the Ontario Trillium Foundation for a project that focuses on promoting and marketing thier age-friendly concept. 

The Toronto Seniors Strategy builds on existing City work, available research, community consultations and proven best practices. The strategy recommends 91 actions, which have received council approval, that are practical, achievable, measurable and linked to specific outcomes.

Waterloo’s age-friendly initiative led to the creation of a comprehensive and representative needs assessment. As a result of the assessment the City plans to address concerns about housing affordability, high curbs, and a lack of outreach to socially isolated seniors.