What Do You Think? Is Our Community Age-Friendly?
On February 11th 2014, Village Council adopted the Burns Lake Community Age Friendly Assessment and Action Plan. This assessment evaluated our community to determine what challenges residents face as they age and how to solve those challenges to ensure that the aging residents have the ability to live in security, enjoy good health and continue to fully participate in society.
Look for the Community Action Plan here.
What is an Age-Friendly Community?
An Age-Friendly community is a community which provides support to residents in order to live in security, enjoy good health and continue to fully participate in society. Older residents contribute significantly to their communities, their families and the economy, and there must be support in place to ensure they are able to age actively in their homes.
Age-Friendly communities have eight key features which include:
- Outdoor spaces and public buildings which are pleasant, clean, secure and physically accessible;
- Public transportation which is affordable and accessible;
- Housing is affordable, appropriately located, well built, well designed and secure;
- Have opportunities that exist for social participation in leisure, social, cultural and spiritual activities with people of all ages and cultures;
- Older residents are treated with respect and are included in civic life;
- Have opportunities for employment and volunteerism that cater to older persons’ interest and abilities;
- Provide communications and information that is accessible to older residents;
- Provides community support and health services which are tailored to older persons’ needs.
Check out this list that was originally created by the Healthy Aging and Wellness Working Group of the Federal, Provincial and Territorial Committee of Officials. This checklist focuses on some of the unique features that make rural communities Age-Friendly.
For more information on being an Age-Friendly Community and the assessment, please visit the Age-Friendly BC website