Age-Friendly Communities Initiative
The Government of Canada is proud to be a key partner in the Age-Friendly Communities Initiative. The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) leads this initiative with other federal, provincial, territorial and non-government partners.
The Age-Friendly Communities project seeks to engage older Canadians and their communities in making their communities better, healthier and safer places for seniors to live and thrive. In an age-friendly community, policies, services and structures related to the physical and social environment are designed to support and enable older people to "age actively" – that is, to live in security, enjoy good health and continue to participate fully in society. Public and commercial settings and services are made accessible to accommodate varying levels of ability. For example, public and private transportation is accessible, streets and buildings are hazard-free, and there are opportunities for seniors to participate in civic, cultural, educational and voluntary activities.
For more information, please see http://www.phac-aspc.gc.ca/sh-sa/ifa-fiv/2008/initiative-eng.php
Another excellent resource on the same topic can be found at the Age Friendly Communities website at http://afc.uwaterloo.ca/