An Age Friendly city, or community, adapts its structures and services to be accessible to and inclusive of older people with varying needs and capacities (World Health Organization, 2007). Not only does an Age Friendly city benefit older people, but people of all ages. Age Friendly Elliot Lake is the whole lifecycle, "Design for the young and you exclude the old, design for the old and you include everyone," (Bernard Isaacs, Founding Director of the Birmingham Centre for Applied Gerontology). The City received the Age Friendly Community Planning Grant from the province of Ontario through the Ontario Seniors Secretariat in June 2015, With this grant the City will be taking the steps in making our community a recognizable and designated Age Friendly Community. 

 

 

To be designated as an Age Friendly Community the World Health Organization's (WHO) 8 Age Friendly themes must be addressed. They are:

  1. Outdoor Spaces and Buildings
  2. Transportation
  3. Housing
  4. Social Participation
  5. Respect and Social Inclusion
  6. Civic Participation and Employment
  7. Communication and Information
  8. Community Support and Health Care Services

Focus group sessions have been held surrounding the 8 Age Friendly Themes and the Essential Checklist of Age Friendly Features. The Public consultations were to help keep the public informed about what is happening with this project and the community based survey that was distributed in August 2016 was to allow the public to be a part of the formation of the Age Friendly Elliot Lake Action Plan. The Action Plan will contain short, medium and long term goals on how to improve certain aspects of the community. Once the Action Plan is completed it will go to the Municipal Council for approval. Once approved, the City of Elliot Lake will apply through the WHO to be designated as an Age Friendly community. Right now the draft action plan is complete and is being reviewed and evaluated by the appropriate parties before being presented to the Municipal Council.

 "The WHO Global Network of Age-friendly Cities and Communities currently includes 287 cities and communities in 33 countries, covering over 113 million people worldwide," (WHO, 2014). Of the 287 cities and communities, Canada holds 16 designated Age Friendly ones.

Aside from the World Health Organization, there is the Pan-Canadian Age-Friendly Communities Milestones. This is a list of milestones that any Canadian community needs to meet or follow to apply the Age-Friendly Communities model in Canada. To stay connected, keep coming back to this website for updates and more information!

To learn more about Age Friendly communities, please visit these websites:

http://www.who.int/ageing/publications/Global_age_friendly_cities_Guide_English.pdf

https://extranet.who.int/agefriendlyworld/who-network/

http://www.phac-aspc.gc.ca/seniors-aines/afc-caa-eng.php

http://www.agefriendlyontario.ca/age-friendly-communities-north-elliot-lake

Or, contact the Community Planning Intern Amanda Roy at:

Phone: 705-848-2287 Extension 2135

Email: aroy@city.elliotlake.on.ca