Project: Richmond is taking its age-friendly approach to a neighbourhood level. An age-friendly stakeholder committee will target one neighbourhood and look at ways to improve the built environment for seniors as well as identify available programs, services, tools and resources that are available to the neighbourhood’s residents to help them age in place and remain healthy, active and connected to their community. The city plans to apply this approach to other neighbourhoods. Richmond is an age-friendly recognized community.
Project: Through the Age-friendly Action Research Lab, Vancouver aims to deliver a healthy city for all seniors within its healthy city framework without creating another strategy. The lab will use Theory U (a social change process developed at MIT) and strategic design methods to design this process of experimentation and learning. The outcome will influence the broader policy landscape in the city related to age friendliness and begin to see signals of embedding and integration of age-friendly policy, practice and other approaches. Vancouver is an age-friendly recognized community.
Project: This project will work to increase the capacity of multicultural seniors to integrate into the community and age in place more successfully. It will increase the understanding of the city’s senior population about cultural diversity and newcomer integration, as well as increase the active participation of multicultural seniors in community activities. North Vancouver is an age-friendly recognized community.
Project: Powell River’s continuing work to create an age-friendly community will include the development of a seniors’ resource guide, researched by members of the Seniors Community Council, identifying local services and resources for seniors, and produced three times a year in conjunction with the city’s Active Living Guide. The project will address the complete streets principles, ensuring seniors can move around the community safely, i.e., making sure there are bus stops with benches and shelters.
Project: Pemberton will develop an age-friendly housing needs assessment to address an immediate need for affordable seniors’ housing. With current interest in developing a seniors’ housing complex, the assessment will help document the needs of Pemberton seniors to ensure appropriate housing and services needs are met to enable them to age in place.