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Age-Friendly Communities

The concept of an age-friendly city was developed by the World Health Organization (WHO). According to the WHO, an age-friendly city provides the policies, services, settings and structures that enable people to age actively by recognizing the wide range of capacities and resources among older people, anticipating and responding flexibly to aging-related needs and preferences, and promoting their inclusion in and contribution to all areas of community life.

The benefits of an age-friendly community extend beyond the senior population. Smooth, well-maintained sidewalks encourage walking by all. Women and children have greater freedom in safe neighbourhoods. Consistent high quality care for those who require it reduces stress for caregivers. Rural transportation options benefit everyone. By creating environments that support our seniors, we are benefiting residents of all ages.

To learn more about age-friendly communities, contact the Health Unit toll-free at 1-866-888-4577.

Additional Resources:

City of Kawartha Lakes Report

Age Friendly Communities - Video - HKPR District Health Unit