Benefits of age-friendly communities

Practicing age-friendliness is one of the most effective ways to promote healthy and active aging. People in age-friendly communities are supported in maintaining their independence and preventing illness and injury, and have access to the community supports and services they require.
  • Stronger community connections In an age-friendly community, residents are able and encouraged to actively participate in the community. This includes participating in the workforce, recreational opportunities, social activities and volunteer opportunities. People of all ages, backgrounds and circumstances can interact, share experiences and contribute.
  • More optimal use of public resources Designing and delivering public services in age-friendly ways can lead to improved use of tax dollars. Age-friendly public facilities and infrastructure (such as buildings and parks) can be used by more citizens. Services become more accessible to residents and have a greater impact. All this helps communities get more value from their public resources.
  • Greater opportunities for business Having an age-friendly business creates additional business opportunities for owners and provides more attractive employment opportunities for mature workers and persons with disabilities. Such businesses are more accessible and feel more welcoming to a greater range of community members. If people have a comfortable and respectful experience shopping for goods or receiving services, they are more likely to frequent the business and recommend it to others.
  • Enhanced citizenship Pursuing age-friendliness leads to a community that recognizes, appreciates and values the contributions made by different members of the community and engages them in all aspects of community life.