What is an Age-Friendly City?

One million people worldwide turn 60 every month; 80% of these live in developing countries.

According to United Nations estimates, the number of older persons (60+) will double from the current 600 million to 1.2 billion by 2025, and again, to 2 billion by 2050. The vast majority of older people live in their homes and communities, but in environments that have not been designed with their needs and capacities in mind.

To support Governments in developing and strengthening health and social policies in an ageing world, the World Health Organization (WHO) released a Policy Framework on Active Ageing in 2002. Active ageing policy is defined as “optimizing opportunities for health, participation and security in order to enhance the quality of life as people age.” The active ageing approach is grounded in the UN-recognized principles of independence, participation, dignity, care and self-fulfilment. It acknowledges the importance of gender, earlier life experiences, and culture on how individuals age. It takes into account the biological, psychological, behavioural, economic, social and environmental factors that operate over the course of a person’s life to determine health and well-being in later years. Read more:  Global Age-Friendly Cities Project


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Long-Term Care and Client Rights November 19, 2018

In Ontario, long-term care homes must follow a law called the Long-Term Care Homes Act and it includes a Residents’ Bill of Rights. Speaker: Jane E. Meadus, is a lawyer with the Advocacy Centre for the Elderly (ACE), and Institutional Advocate. She is a Distinguished Fellow of the Canadian Centre for Elder Law Studies and the 2016 recipient of the Osgoode …

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Wills, Power of Attorney and Probate November 27, 2018

November is Make a Will Month and is an opportunity for Ontario Bar Association members to help the public understand the importance of having a will and having it done by a lawyer. Burlington Age-Friendly Council is presenting another Empowering Seniors information session. Guest Speaker: Richard T. Howitt Q.C., Barrister and Solicitor (retired) Come & Learn: …

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Age Well – It’s Up To You!

The Halton Age-Friendly Network hosted an education event, with guest speaker, Dr. John Puxty, Geriatrician, promoting healthy ageing and effective care for seniors with a research interest in ageing, chronic disease, knowledge mobilization, and information technology.

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Safe Driving Tips for Older Adults – a resource guide

How to Prepare for the Senior Driver Licence Renewal Program: A comprehensive guide to assist you in preparing for the Driver’s Licence Renewal Program in Ontario for drivers age 80 and over. DOWNLOAD the Safe Driving Tips for Older Adults – a resource guide HERE

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