Cambridge had set a goal to become a member of the World Health Organization (WHO) Global Network for Age-Friendly Cities and Communities, and it’s just been recognized as one.
The city of Cambridge, as a member of the WHO Age-Friendly City network, has committed to sharing and promoting the values and principles central to the program, implementing the tactics to create age-friendly local environments and participating in the Network, including sharing experiences with other members. As part of the network, Cambridge joins a growing global movement of communities, cities and other sub-national levels of government that are striving to better meet the needs of older residents.
Cambridge’s supervisor of older adult services, Nicole Cichello, shares with CityNews Kitchener that as a member, Cambridge will be able to elevate the work they have been doing to value and support the city’s older adult community.
Among the the work and efforts Cambridge has undertaken to become a more age-friendly city include hiring a part-time recreation coordinator, improved accessibility, walkability, safety, along with reducing isolation and facilitating inclusion and intergenerational connections. The city has also worked on initiatives aimed at improving quality of life and improved access and increased awareness of health and community services.
For more information about the network and its mission, read the full CityNews report here.