The majority of Canadians believe being able to grow older in their own homes and communities is important. This statistic has inspired University of British Columbia Okanagan to join the global Age Friendly University (AFU) network.
Spearheaded by Dr. Jenn Jakobi, who is a professor with UBCO’s School of Health and Exercise Sciences and director of the campus’s Aging in Place Research Cluster, UBCO applied to join the initiative, which aims to bring together learning institutions that are committed to age-friendly policies, programs and spaces. UBCO becomes the eighth Canadian university to join the network (and is the first in B.C.). As a member, the institution will get to learn about age-friendly work emerging globally, while also participating in a worldwide movement that will benefit students of all ages on a social, personal and economic scale.
For an overview on the 10 Age Friendly University principles that drive the network, along with how joining the AFU network will impact both the campus and the university community, and the specific goals of the UBCO researchers, check out the full details and interview here on the University of British Columber Okanagan website.