Community Profile

Name of Committee: City of Cambridge and Cambridge Council on Aging
Population: 138,479 (2021)
Contact:

Funding:

  • No funding

This profile was updated in January 2024. 

 

Age-Friendly Program Description

The community began and completed the AF work in 2013, and presented this report to the City council. An update was provided in 2016 – both are on the CCOA website. Much of our work focuses on low-income older adults. Presently, the council is focusing on transportation – both teaching older adults how to ride a bus and working with age-friendly partners in the Region of Waterloo to reduce fares. The council is also at the Solutions to Poverty Waterloo region table to represent Cambridge – the three big ideas are: reduce isolation, ensure older adults have the finances they are entitled to and provide information on resources.

Current and Completed AFC Projects, Programs and Initiatives

Transportation

  • Ride the Bus (partnership with Age-Friendly Waterloo and Kitchener to offer ride the bus workshops)

Housing

  • HomeShare Pilot

Social Participation

  • Seniors Centre Without Walls (piloting Ottawa toolkit)

Respect & Social Inclusion

  • Social isolation of seniors (focus on women in emergency shelters – Trillium grant – Jan 2018)

Civic Participation & Employment

  • Seniors as Leaders & Peer Mentors (program to address isolation – new horizons grant)

Communication & Information

  • Age-Friendly e-Newsletter (Sign up)
  • Creative Aging (Yearly Educational event)
  • Seniors’ Active Living Fair

Community Support & Health Services

  • Drug Educational Informational Event (weighing Risks and Benefits for Older Adults Using Drugs/Alcohol/Cannabis)