Framework for Developing an Age-Friendly Community
VISION: A caring community that optimizes opportunities for overall well-being to enhance quality of life as people age.
Principles of Age-Friendly Communities:
1. Respect and Support of All Citizens:
Recognizes that all citizens are vital members of a community and have the right to self-determination, to fully engage in life across the life span, and to be treated with dignity and respect.
Promotes and recognizes that health and well-being include the built environment, public spaces, community identity, and choices in transportation, housing options and other social programs.
3. Community Engagement in Decision Making:
Values relationships that actively include older adults in all aspects of decision making and program development relevant to them. It is based upon mutual respect and inclusion of multiple, diverse and equally valuable perspectives and experiences.
4. Access and Inclusion for All:
Responds to the needs of all citizens ensuring fair access to flexible resources and responds to the needs across the life span.
Demonstrates that the delivery of these programs, services and the overall planning of communities respects these principles – it is effective, efficient and considers the voices of all citizens.