For a listing of services in Niagara that support older adults visit the Community Information Database or call 211.
This two-page roadmap describes the governance structure of the Age-Friendly Niagara Network, as well as the 2018-2019 focused action priorities across three Action Groups of the AFNN:
- Community Engagement and Communications
- Recreation, Learning and Leisure
- Improved Services, Systems and Infrastructure
All of us have a stake in ensuring our community is responsive to the needs of everyone as we age. The volunteer-led Age-Friendly Niagara Network has prepared this brief to help engage municipal candidates in issues affecting everyone in our community.
The two-page Brief outlines the contributions older adults make to our community, the ways in which Niagara has already made progress towards becoming age-friendly, and what municipal candidates can do to help champion this work.
The Age-Friendly Niagara Network publishes a monthly e-newsletter that highlights age-friendly action, events, resources and news stories. To receive this communication, subscribe to our mailing list.
Past six issues are included below:
Additional Age-Friendly Resources
Niagara-Focused Resources – located on the Niagara Knowledge Exchange (NKE):
- Age-Friendly Niagara Initiative: Roundtable Conversation Highlights
This document profiles common themes for actions that emerged from the 2012 Niagara-wide roundtable conversations.
- Age-Friendly Niagara Initiative Year 3 Final Evaluation Report
This document provides an overview and impact of age-friendly activities from 2010 to 2013.
- Through an Age-Friendly Lens: Planning for an Inclusive and Economically Vibrant Niagara – Event Recording
This is a recording of the November 7, 2013 webinar with presenters Paula Gardner & Dominic Ventresca. Paula explores principles of age-friendly work and provides global examples. Dominic provides background information on the Age-Friendly Niagara Network and discusses how global concepts are applied within a Niagara context.
- Age-Friendly Niagara: Authors Guide
This resource describes the criteria and process for submitting articles about work that positively promotes and advances the principles of age-friendly communities.
- Age-Friendly Action in Niagara: Community Articles 2010-2013
This document contains 61 articles written by volunteers around Ontario’s Niagara region who were engaged in the Age-Friendly Niagara Initiative (2010 to 2013).
- Creating an Age-Friendly Business in Welland/Pelham
This guide aims to assist local businesses in creating an age-friendly environment.
- Toolkit for Becoming an Age-Friendly Niagara
Whether you are a Niagara business owner, an employee serving customers, an organization leader or service provider, this ten-page took kit will help to strengthen your work by planning through an Age-Friendly Lens.
- Inquisitive Minds Radio Show: Assessing the Age-Friendliness of St. Catharines’ Downtown Core
This interview discusses how accessible downtown St. Catharines is for seniors.
- Through Their Eyes: An intergenerational project examining age-friendliness in the Niagara Region
This project paired 45 students with 20 seniors in Niagara to better understand what makes an age-friendly community.
- Aging Well in Niagara: A Conversation About the Needs of Seniors
In Fall 2012, Niagara Region asked residents about how it can better support seniors as they age in their homes. Through public forums and surveys, seniors and others shared their thoughts and ideas in several areas.
- Seniors in Niagara: Creating Age-Friendly Communities (2009)
- Growing Niagara: A Closer Look at Niagara’s Aging Population (2017)
- Age-Friendly Communities Planning Outreach Initiative
This project was established by the Ministry of Seniors Affairs to offer assistance to Ontario communities in the process of age-friendly planning and implementation. It includes the development of partnerships across Ontario that support community-based age-friendly projects, the development and distribution of Age-Friendly Niagara (AFNN) educational resources, and the creation of an AFC knowledge exchange network for Ontario communities. The provincial website (www.agefriendlyontario.ca) provides access to how-to guides, webinar recordings, community profiles and related resources.
- Finding the Right Fit: Age-Friendly Community Planning
This guide provides a framework for age-friendly planning and implementation. The guide introduces age-friendly principles and provides process for community assessment, action plan development and implementation and measurement.
- Strengthening Age-Friendly Communities and Services for 21st Century Ontario
This document furthers the dialogue on the municipal role in facilitating age-friendly communities and providing services to seniors. It outlines key issues for municipal governments, including: developing plans, providing community services (such as transportation and housing), providing long-term care, and ensuring services are culturally-appropriate and relevant in northern and rural communities.
- McMaster Optimal Aging Portal
This McMaster University website helps people find trusted information about optimal aging. The site is a gateway to evidence-based information on optimal aging for older adults, caregivers, clinicians, public health professionals and policy-makers. Evidence Summaries, Web Resource Ratings, Blog Posts and the latest in aging research are provided.
- World Health Organization (WHO) Ageing and Life Course Programme
WHO compiles evidence-based guidance on age-friendly environments, provides an information platform for sharing of information and experience, and administers the WHO Global network for age-friendly cities and communities.
- Active Ageing: A Policy Framework
This policy framework written by the World Health Organization is intended to inform discussion and the formulation of action plans that promote healthy and active ageing.
- The Case for Age-Friendly Communities
This report highlights key benefits of becoming an age-friendly community, in the areas of the economy, social capital, housing, physical infrastructure, and health.
- Global Age-Friendly Cities: A Guide
This guide describes the converging trends of rapid growth of the population over 60 years of age and of urbanization, outlines the challenge facing cities, and summarizes the research process that led to identifying the core features of an age-friendly city.
- Age-Friendly World
The WHO Global Network for Age-friendly Cities and Communities was established in 2010 to connect cities, communities and organizations worldwide with the common vision of making their community a great place to grow old in. As a response to global population ageing, it focuses on action at the local level that fosters the full participation of older people in community life and promotes healthy and active ageing. Cities and communities join the Network with a commitment to becoming more age-friendly and to share their experience, achievements and lessons learnt with others. The Global Network for Age-friendly Cities and Communities provides a global platform for information exchange, mutual learning and support.
- International Federation on Ageing
The IFA is an international non-governmental organization with a membership base comprising government, NGOs, academics, industry, and individuals in 70 countries. The IFA takes on many projects that support their efforts to become the global point of connection for experts working to influence age-related policy. Currently, age-friendly environments is one focus area.