Fill in the community profile template and email to brancacl@providencecare.ca to share information about your community's age-friendly initiative. To find out which communities received funding as part of the Age-Friendly Community Planning Grant Program visit the Ministry for Seniors and Accessibility

Once your action plan has been adopted, monitor your progress throughout implementation. Evaluating your community’s initiative is an important component toement. The indicators outlined in your action plan will be useful for your measuring your progress.

Throughout the stages of evaluation, keep your stakeholders in mind. Their input will help define how you measure success.

Your action plan will be the road map of your community’s strategies for age-friendly planning. Create your action plan by using the needs assessment results to forming priorities and identifying practical strategies. This stand-alone document will guide the implementation and evaluation of AFC activities by outlining timelines and roles. Your action plan activities should also include measurable success indicators that will be used for evaluation.

A needs assessment identifies the gaps between the social and built environment in your community and the needs and abilities of people in your community.

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The purpose of this step is to create structure around your local initiative. It will also help you to determine which AFC dimensions are most relevant to your community.

The first tasks in establishing an AFC involve working with community stakeholders to define the terms of reference for your initiative. This may include developing guiding principles, a vision and goals for your community, roles and responsibilities, timelines and deliverables.

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The WHO Global Age-Friendly Cities project, in consultation with 33 cities in 22 countries, developed a list of eight dimensions of AFCs. These dimensions consider both the physical and social aspects of communities that contribute to independent and active aging.

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The Government of Ontario funds the Age-Friendly Community (AFC) Outreach Program, a program of the Ministry for Seniors and Accessibility. The AFC Outreach Program is administered by the University of Waterloo, Queen's University, Huntington/Laurentian University, the Ontario Interdisciplinary Council for Aging and Health (OICAH), and the Seniors Health Knowledge Network (SHKN). 

Age-Friendly Communities Outreach

An age-friendly community (AFC) is a community where policies, services and physical spaces are designed to enable people of all ages to live in a secure and accessible physical and social environment. AFCs contribute to good health and allow people to continue to participate fully in society throughout their lifetime. The Ministry for Seniors and Accessibility (MSAA) is helping to implement AFCs across the province through its Action Plan for Seniors and the Finding the Right Fit AFC Planning Guide and the AFC Planning Grant Program. 

The AFC Planning Outreach Initiative builds on these initiatives.  It was established by the Ontario Seniors’ Secretariat to offer assistance to Ontario communities in the planning process. This project includes the development of partnerships, web resources, and the creation of a network for knowledge exchange across Ontario.  Read More about this Initiative...

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Age-friendly communities promote healthy and active aging. People in age-friendly communities are supported in maintaining their independence and have access to the community supports and services they require.

Dr. John Puxty

The Centre for Studies in Aging & Health at Providence Care held a Research & Innovation in Aging Forum on  “Age Friendly Communities Project” with speaker, Dr. John Puxty on Tuesday, July 7th, 2015 from 4-5pm at the Amphitheatre at Providence Care, Mental Health Services site located at 752 King St. W. Kingston, Ontario.  

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