The Burlington Age-Friendly Council recently held an event on October 29, 3013, with the focus on “Reflections on Age-Friendly Initiatives and Future Directions.” This event was co-sponsored by the Burlington Public Library and over ninety participants attended.
The morning session included a presentation from the keynote speaker, Dr. Margaret Denton. Dr. Denton is the Past President of the Hamilton Council on Aging and a Professor with the Department of Health, Aging & Society at McMaster University. The topic of her presentation was “Age Friendly Cities and Communities – How Do We Get There?” The overview included some background information on age-friendly communities in Canada, what is the Ontario Government doing to promote age-friendly communities and an introduction to Finding the Right Fit; Age-Friendly Community Planning.
Later in the morning a panel discussion was held with the following panelists:
- Dr. Jean Kincade and Lucy Marco, Grand River Council on Aging, (Presentation – PDF)
- Linda Terry, Executive Director, Social Planning Council of Cambridge & North Dumfries, (Presentation – PDF)
- Dr. Denise O’Connor, Hamilton Council on Aging, (Presentation – PDF)
All speakers talked about their own journeys with age-friendly work in their communities, their challenges, successes and lessons learned. What a wealth of knowledge!
In the afternoon, a launch of the new Burlington Age-Friendly website was featured and an update of the Burlington Age-Friendly Seniors Council’s Housing committee’s ongoing workplan.
Cheryl Snider, a guest speaker from Calgary Seniors Resource Society, presented on the topic of HomeShare (Presentation – PDF). HomeShare is a living arrangement between two unrelated people who agree to share a home, and each person has his or her living space, while they share common areas such as the kitchen and living room.
The event was very informative and brought awareness and a better understanding to the concept of “Age-Friendly.”