Highlights of this issue include the featured topic of Age-Friendly Communities, updates regarding Age-Friendly Communities Ontario Outreach Initiative, Regional Integrated Fall Prevention and Management Strategy, FASTlinks and a listing of upcoming events. Sign up to receive Linkages directly here.

The Age-Friendly Kitchener project was successful in achieving all of the originally planned deliverables.  This included establishing an advisory committee, developing a demographic profile, defining the project vision,scope and guiding principles, assessing age-friendly assets and gaps, engaging with the community and developing an action plan.

This reading list provides links to and summaries of a variety of open source resources related to age friendly communties (AFC).  Topics covered include AFC and the health of older adults, dementia friendly communities, housing options for older adults, community planning, resources to plan, implement and evaluate AFC initiatives, and more. 4 pages. 

The International Federation on Aging and the World Health Organization Department of Ageing and Life Course are pleased to co-present the 2017 IFA/WHO Webinar Series. This series, featuring experts from around the world, will explore a number of critical and emerging topics on Healthy Ageing. All attendees are welcome – older adults, local, regional and national government policymakers, NGOs, clinicians, urban planners, and all those with an interest in building environments in which we can all continue to enjoy lives of value as we age. Participation is free and registration is strongly recommended. Register here.

This series, featuring experts from around the world, will explore a number of critical and emerging topics on Healthy Ageing. The recording is for everyone, older adults, local, regional and national government policymakers, NGOs, clinicians, urban planners, and all those with an interest in building environments in which we can all continue to enjoy lives of value as we age.

On 15 June 2016, the IFA with support from the Hall & Prior Health and Aged Care Group launched a new series of webinars on Age-friendly Environments. This inaugural webinar provided an evidence-based approach to the planning and development of age-friendly community systems and infrastructures. Insight into promising strategies and models of community change identified practical applications for achieving effective change at the local, regional and national 

Want to know what Age Friendly is, or all about? Age Friendly Chatham-Kent presents this video to explain how and why all communities can benefit from developing policies and infrastructure that support healthy and active aging. Through our actions we aim to build a better more inclusive, respectful and accessible Chatham-Kent.

 

As part of Recolour Grey, Grey County’s Five Year Official Plan Review, the County recently partnered with students from the University of Guelph to look at policies that better support youth and older adults. The resulting Grey County Age-Friendly Planning Study is now complete. Thank you to the students from Guelph, and to all those who participated in the Study through the on-line surveys and the emails received. The results of this Study will now be considered through the Recolour Grey review of our County Official Plan.

This guide by the Public Health Agency of Canada provides practical and easy to follow advice, tips and additional sources of information to help you communicate clearly and effectively to audiences of all ages.  

This pdf presentation and audio recording of a webinar hosted by the Canadian Gerontological Association, Public Health Agency of Canada and Canadian Health Human Resource Network reviews demographic and health, psychological and community level approaches to addressing social isolation in older adults.

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