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AFC Webinar – On the Road to Healthy Aging: Takeaways from Elliot Lake’s Public Transportation System

January 31, 2024 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm



How can small cities and rural communities ensure their population maintains access to essential services as they age? Rachel Barber shares the findings of her assessment of health care and public transportation services in the community of Elliot Lake, Canada’s most severely shrinking city and home to one of the nation’s oldest populations. Key takeaways for small, rural, and shrinking communities will be discussed, including the development of the Older Persons Walking and Transit Audit (OPWATA) tool to measure the age-friendliness of walkways and public transportation.



Presenter Bio

Rachel Barber

Rachel is a PhD student in the Department of Geography and Planning and a member of the Population and Place Research Lab at Queen’s University. She holds a Master of Planning from Queen’s University, as well as a Bachelor of Arts (Specialization in Geography) and a Certificate of Geographic Techniques from Laurentian University. Rachel’s research interests include age-friendly communities, shrinking cities, and left-behind places, with a focus on small cities and rural communities.

Webinar Recording


January 31, 2024
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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