In 2014 the Community Lifestyles Committee (CLC) decided to work on two recommendations from the research document of 2011 “Social Trends Research for Olds, Alberta” commissioned by the CLC. Four recommendations are related to the statistics identifying more senior citizens in Olds than in other Alberta communities. The CLC investigated various methods of meeting the recommendations and found a qualified chair for The Age-Friendly Initiative. Their first meeting was held in June 2015. It is anticipated that data will be collected by the fall of 2016 or early 2017. An action plan should be completed by the fall of 2017.
The Age-Friendly Initiative of the CLC will follow the Alberta Health’s documents “Age -Friendly Guide for Local Action” and “Age-Friendly Accompanying Materials” both dated 2012 to earn the status of making Olds an ‘Age-Friendly Community’. Meeting this standard requires an analysis of the community and its services, surveying residents on the eight dimensions of an age-friendly community, and reporting the results and proposed action plan to the OI Board, Olds Town Council and other relevant community groups.
The benefits to Olds include:
- Having healthier residents including those with various disabilities. Residents are supported to maintain their independence and prevent illness and injuries.
- Developing stronger community connections where the above residents are encouraged to participate in the workforce, recreational opportunities and social and volunteer opportunities.
- Increasing optimal use of public resources thus improving use of tax dollars. Services become accessible to more residents and have a greater impact in the community. “Design for the young and you exclude the olds, design for the olds and you include everyone.” WHO
- Providing greater business opportunities. Age-friendly businesses are more accessible to more residents who are more willing to access their services.
- Enhancing citizenship. The community recognizes and appreciates contributions made by all members of the community and engages them in all aspects of community life.
Are you interested in joining us to make your community better and helping our committee become successful?
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