Key features of an age-friendly community

There are 8 key areas to focus on to make your community more age-friendly:
  • Outdoor spaces and buildings
  • Transportation
  • Housing
  • Social participation
  • Respect and social inclusion
  • Civic participation and employment
  • Communication and information
  • Community support and health services

Some specific features of an age-friendly community include:

  • Sufficient public benches that are well-situated,
  • Sufficient public toilets that are clean, secure, and accessible by people with disabilities,
  • Well-maintained and well-lit sidewalks,
  • Public buildings that are fully accessible to people with disabilities,
  • Housing integrated in the community that accommodates changing needs and abilities as people grow older,
  • Friendly, personalized service and information instead of automated answering services, and
  • Public and commercial services and stores in neighbourhoods close to where people live.

An Age-friendly checklist will help you assess the current age-friendliness of your community, as you work to make improvements in your community. It incorporates information from the Checklist of Essential Features of Age-friendly Cities developed by the WHO; and Age-Friendly Rural and Remote Communities: A Guide, developed by the Federal/Provincial/Territorial Ministers Responsible for Seniors.