Province launches Age-Friendly recognition program and honours the City of Summerside
The Province is launching an Island-wide initiative that supports healthy aging.
Age Friendly PEI Inc. is a community organization that promotes awareness of and supports communities in their work towards becoming age friendly. An age-friendly community is one where policies, services, and structures are designed to support and enable older people to live in a secure environment, enjoy good health, and continue to participate fully in their communities.
The Age Friendly PEI Recognition Program will recognize cities, towns and communities that complete four out of the five steps of becoming an age-friendly community, as outlined by the World Health Organization. The first community in Prince Edward Island to receive this designation is the City of Summerside.
“This initiative is much more than providing ongoing services and support to seniors. By building and recognizing age friendly communities, we are fostering stronger community connections and encouraging infrastructure and planning considerations that benefit all members of society. The City of Summerside is our first age-friendly community on the Island and I congratulate them on their tremendous efforts in reaching this milestone.”
- Brad Trivers, Minister of Social Development and Housing. “
“We are delighted to receive this recognition from the Government of PEI and to become the Island’s first age-friendly community,” said City of Summerside Mayor, Basil Stewart. “This designation is encouraging for our ongoing community development and planning work for the City.”
Age Friendly PEI Inc. is managed by a board of directors and has a mission to promote and advance the development of age-friendly communities across the province.
“Age-friendly PEI Inc. is extremely pleased that the Province has brought forward its Age-friendly Recognition Program to acknowledge communities and groups that carry out age-friendly activities and programs throughout PEI,” said Judy Lynn Richard, co-chair of Age Friendly PEI. “AFPEI, created to support age-friendly activities and initiatives across the Province, is excited about being able to assist communities and groups in becoming more age-friendly.”
- In 2000, the World Health Organization (WHO) launched the Global Age-friendly Cities Project to promote the development of accessible and inclusive communities that support active aging.
- This international project was informed by older citizens of 33 cities and over 22 countries across the globe. Seniors representing four Canadian cities participated through the work of the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) and partners in British Columbia, Manitoba, Quebec, and Nova Scotia.
- Canada has taken a leadership role in promoting age-friendly communities through the Age-Friendly Community Rural and Remote Communities project. In 2006 this project worked with ten communities in eight provinces to learn how rural communities could better support older adults.
- Today, across Canada, over 1,000 communities have committed to becoming more age friendly.
Senior Communications Officer
Department of Social Development and Housing