Part of my Platform
9. Recognize the respect our seniors deserve and work to ensure the principals of "An Age Friendly Community" are followed and promoted.
What is an age-friendly community?
In an age-friendly community, the policies, services and structures related to the physical and social environment are designed to help seniors "age actively." In other words, the community is set up to help seniors live safely, enjoy good health and stay involved.
For example, in an age-friendly community:
sidewalks are well lit and kept in good shape;
buildings have automatic door openers and elevators; and
seniors take part in all sorts of community activities, such as visiting museums or libraries, taking courses or volunteering for charities or civic duties.
An age-friendly community:
recognizes that seniors have a wide range of skills and abilities;
understands and meets the age-related needs of seniors;
respects the decisions and lifestyle choices of seniors;
protects those seniors who are vulnerable;
recognizes that seniors have a lot to offer their community; and
recognizes how important it is to include seniors in all areas of community life.