Age-Friendly Resources

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Additional Age-Friendly Resources

Niagara-Focused Resources – located on the Niagara Knowledge Exchange (NKE):

Provincial Resources:

  • 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 ( 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.

Global Resources:

  • Reframing Aging – Empowering Older Adults: CIHR Institute of Aging Strategic Plan 2023-2028
  • 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.