This week, three communities in Saskatchewan were recognized by the Government of Saskatchewan for their commitment to being age-friendly, as demonstrated through community engagement and action.
The Minister of Seniors, Everett Hindley, congratulated the recipients of this recognition for their efforts in considering the needs of seniors and older adults and how their communities can play a role in enhancing their quality of life.
Which are the three communities that demonstrated a commitment to age-friendly principles? Kipling and District, Moose Jaw and Regina. Elements of their efforts that garnered them this recognition include:
- establishing an Age-Friendly Committee;
- securing the support of municipal government;
- assessing the community, determining where Age-Friendly initiatives are needed; and
- developing, publicizing and implementing an action plan.
The press release elaborated on tactics that an age-friendly community undertakes so that all of its residents can live in a safe environment, enjoy good health and stay involved with their community. This includes, for example, well-lit sidewalks that are maintained and offering a range of community activities (from arts to culture), courses and volunteer opportunities that older adults can take part in.
For more information on the Age-Friendly Communities Recognition Program and the province’s commitment to developing age-friendly places to live, read more here.