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Age Friendly Projects HKPR District Health Unit. Board of Health Presentation April 17, 2014 Angela Andrews and Doreen Boville. Age-Friendly Defined…. Concept developed by the World Health Organization

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age friendly projects hkpr district health unit

Age Friendly ProjectsHKPR District Health Unit

Board of Health Presentation

April 17, 2014

Angela Andrews

and Doreen Boville

age friendly defined
Age-Friendly Defined…
  • Concept developed by the World Health Organization
  • An age-friendly community encourages active aging by optimizing opportunities for health, participation and safety
  • Enhances quality of life as people age; benefits all ages
  • Theme Areas:
    • Outdoor Spaces and Public Buildings
    • Transportation
    • Housing
    • Communication and Information
    • Civic Participation and Employment
    • Community Support and Health Services
    • Respect and Social Inclusion
    • Social Participation
how it all began
How it all began…
  • New Horizons for Seniors grants were obtained in Haliburton and City of Kawartha Lakes
  • Community assessments were completed
  • In Northumberland County, an Aging Well Committee was established as an offshoot of the Northumberland Falls Prevention Coalition
  • Age Friendly initiatives focus more broadly on seniors health but policies and supportive environments resulting from AF work support falls prevention
age friendly and the ontario public health standards
Age-friendly and the Ontario public health standards
  • Accountability Agreement – Fall‐related emergency visits in older adults aged 65+ (rate per 100,000)
  • Ontario Public Health Units are required to address the prevention of injuries, including a requirement to “...influence the development and implementation of healthy policies and programs and the creation or enhancement of safe and supportive environments that address falls across the lifespan.”
  • The most effective policies that influence the prevention of falls among seniors as indicated by the Prevention of Injury Guidance Document reflects the work being done to create healthy, active age-friendly communities as well as reviewing the social determinants of health.
  • AF work is one project that helps us achieve the falls prevention outcome indicator. Look at falls as not one piece but many pieces from a seniors health and aging perspective.
organizational structure
Organizational Structure
  • Haliburton County
    • Aging Well Committee
    • Haliburton County Falls Prevention Network
  • City of Kawartha Lakes
    • Age Friendly Steering Committee
    • Fenelon Falls Age Friendly Committee
    • Omemee Age Friendly Committee
    • Age Friendly presentations in partnership with CKL Library Services in Bethany
  • Northumberland County
    • Age Well Network of Trent Hills
    • Northumberland Falls Prevention Coalition
haliburton county accomplishments to date
Haliburton CountyAccomplishments to date

Outdoor Spaces and Public Buildings

  • Bench installments
  • Automatic door opener for LifeLabs at the Haliburton Family Medical Centre
  • Arm chairs in community centers
  • More use of handrails by local businesses
  • Input into streetscape planning and official plans
  • Support for the HaliburtonCounty Pool Committee
accomplishments continued
Accomplishments Continued…


  • Housing information sessions, forums and research to create a county housing strategy


  • Awareness of the developing transportation strategies for the county


  • Creating a more positive image of seniors, and raising older adults’ issues in radio, newspapers and other media
city of kawartha lakes accomplishments to date
City of Kawartha LakesAccomplishments to Date

Outdoor Spaces and Public Buildings

  • Bench installments
  • Support for winter snow removal on sidewalks
  • Spearheaded or participated in walkability assessments and followup to address identified hazards
  • Work closely with the CKL Accessibility Coordinator to mutually support each other’s initiatives
  • One result of this collaboration was additional disabled parking spaces in Fenelon Falls


  • Supported Housing forum coordinated by Accessibility Coordinator and other CKL staff
accomplishments continued1
Accomplishments continued…


  • Hosted an information session to promote the rural transit service


  • Have raised the profile of the Age Friendly project and of older adults’ issues through various media and presentations to community groups
  • Have begun compiling an inventory of senior related activities throughout CKL
  • Were successful in having a “senior-friendly” icon included in the Parks and Rec Leisure Guide
  • Have excellent working relationships with CKL Councillors in Fenelon Falls and Omemee
  • Poster series developed
accomplishments continued2
Accomplishments Continued…

Community Support and Health Services

  • Hosted a Healthcare Community Consultation Forum
  • Have connections to the Family Health Teams, Omemee Medical Centre Board and Kawartha Lakes Health Care Initiative
  • AF members were part of delegation that met with Ministry of Health representatives to advocate for improved local lab services
  • Seniors difficulty with using self-serve gas stations raised by AF; cause championed by Kawartha Lakes Accessibility Advisory Committee and endorsed by CKL Council
accomplishments continued3
Accomplishments Continued…

Respect and Social Inclusion/Social Participation

  • Participate annually in Seniors Fair hosted by MP and MPP
  • Promote low cost social activities of other groups


  • Strong relationships with other community partners
  • Participate in review of official, secondary and sustainability plans
northumberland county accomplishments to date
Northumberland CountyAccomplishments to date
  • Shared information on seniors’ health
  • Shared opportunities for professional development related to seniors’ health including inviting 6 speakers to provide “Lunch and Learn” sessions in 2012/13
  • Promotion of seniors’ physical activity options (via “Rx for a healthier you” tearoff notepads)
  • Hosted the “Seniors Exercise in Northumberland” Think Tank with an emphasis on improving access and identifying gaps in opportunities
  • Think Tank led to the Heartwise Exercise Program being offered at the Cobourg Community Centre
current projects haliburton county
Current ProjectsHaliburton County

StopGapAccess for All one ramp at a time

commitment to accessibility
Commitment to Accessibility

AODA Accessibility Standard for the Design of Public Spaces include: 

  • Recreational trails/beach access routes
  • Outdoor public eating areas like rest stops or picnic areas
  • Outdoor play spaces, like playgrounds in provincial parks and local communities
  • Outdoor paths of travel, like sidewalks, ramps, stairs, curb ramps, rest areas and accessible pedestrian signals
  • Accessible parking (on and off street)
how the ramp project works
How the Ramp Project Works
  • Materials from local building supply stores
  • Students from HHSS will build the ramps and will work with seniors from the committee
  • Businesses with single stepped storefronts in Dysart et al. have expressed interest in participating to have a custom ramp made at no cost
  • Brightly coloured ramps

that are light weight and

have handles are built to

improve access and get

people talking about this

design issue

current projects city of kawartha lakes
Current ProjectsCity of Kawartha Lakes

Fenelon Falls

  • Be a Good Neighbour Program
  • Strengthening Partnership with Seniors Club
  • Meet and Greet June 2014


  • Communications/Newsletter Committee


  • Promotion of Seniors Month in June
current projects northumberland county
Current ProjectsNorthumberland County
  • Continue to network and move seniors health issues forward
in closing
In Closing…

Contributors to our success include:

  • Engaged community partners
  • Supportive municipal councils and staff
  • Passionate seniors in our communities that have the interest, energy and connections to move ideas forward
  • Changing political and societal expectations and support that place a growing emphasis on the senior population which is quickly becoming the largest demographic group

All of this makes HKPR’s Age Friendly projects busy, dynamic and effective initiatives in our communities