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Age-Friendly Communities: A global idea working in Nova Scotia communities. Jacqueline Campbell Community Development, Department of Seniors October 29, 2009. Outline. History Studies Resources Available. Population Aging – Statistics.

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age friendly communities a global idea working in nova scotia communities

Age-Friendly Communities:A global idea working in Nova Scotia communities

Jacqueline Campbell

Community Development, Department of Seniors

October 29, 2009

  • History
  • Studies
  • Resources Available
population aging statistics
Population Aging – Statistics
  • Seniors will comprise 25% of Nova Scotia’s population by 2026 (Strategy for Positive Aging in Nova Scotia, 2005,p.13)
  • In Canada, within a decade, adults aged 65 and over will outnumber children under the age of 15 (PHAC, Centre for Health Promotion)
what is an age friendly community
What is an Age-Friendly community?

A community where the physical and social environments support and enable people of all ages, including older Nova Scotians, to live in a secure environment, enjoy good health, and continue to participate fully in society.

(Global Age-friendly Cities: A Guide, World Health Organization, 2007)

age friendly community
Age-Friendly Community

Building blocks include:

  • Policies and services
  • Physical environments (settings, structures)
  • Social environment
  • Benefits all ages, seniors included
age friendly domains
Age-Friendly Domains
  • Outdoor Spaces & Buildings
  • Transportation
  • Housing
  • Respect & Social Inclusion
  • Social Participation
  • Civic Participation & Employment
  • Communication & Information
  • Community Support & Health Services
age friendly cities project
In 2006, World Health Organization (WHO) initiated the Age-Friendly Cities Project;

Jointly funded in Nova Scotia by Department of Seniors and Halifax Regional Municipality

Age-Friendly Cities Project

Age-Friendly Collaborating Cities


Argentina, La Plata

Brazil, Rio de Janeiro

Canada, Halifax

Canada, Portage La Prairie

Canada, Saanich

Canada, Sherbrooke

Costa Rica, San Jose

Jamaica, Kingston

Jamaica, Montego Bay

Mexico, Cancun

Mexico, Mexico City

Puerto Rico, Mayaguez

Puerto Rico, Ponce

USA, New York

USA, Portland


Germany, Ruhr

Ireland, Dundalk

Italy, Udine

Russia, Moscow

Russia, Tuymazy

Switzerland, Geneva

Turkey, Istanbul

UK, Edinburgh

UK, London


Kenya, Nairobi


India, New Delhi

India, Udaipur


Australia, Melbourne

Australia, Melville

China, Shanghai

Japan, Himeji

Japan, Tokyo


Jordan, Amman

Lebanon, Tripoli

Pakistan, Islamabad

Credit: BC Ministry of Health

age friendly rural and remote communities initiative
2nd Age-Friendly project in 2007

Project of the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) and the F/T/P Ministers Responsible for Seniors

Age-Friendly Rural and Remote Communities Initiative
age friendly collaborating communities
Age-Friendly Collaborating Communities

10 Canadian communities participated

nova scotia s international and national involvement in promoting age friendly initiatives
Nova Scotia’s International and National Involvement in Promoting Age-Friendly Initiatives
  • WHO Age-friendly cities project - site Halifax
  • PHAC/FPT Age-friendly rural/remote – site Guysborough
funding initiative age friendly communities grants
Funding Initiative:Age-Friendly Communities Grants
  • All municipal units eligible to apply
  • Receive up to 50% of total project cost, to a max of $5000. With other 50% matched by municipality either in cash or in-kind.
  • One time costs eligible – project must not already be completed
  • Next Call for Proposals – November 6th, 2009
examples projects funded fall 2008
Examples:Projects funded fall 2008
  • Municipality of the County of Inverness [Construction of an age-friendly gazebo in Community Garden in Port Hood]
  • Municipality of the District of Chester [Inter-generational outdoor fitness circuit located at the Chester Area Middle School]
examples projects funded continued
Examples:Projects funded continued

Municipality of the District of Lunenburg

  • age-friendly upgrades to the trail surface at the Municipal Activity Recreation Centre,
  • installation of benches along existing trails
  • production of newsletters to outline senior specific municipal information
  • age-friendly information collection from seniors
next steps moving forward in nova scotia
Next Steps:Moving Forward in Nova Scotia
  • November 6th, 2009, signing of Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between Department of Seniors and the Union of Nova Scotia Municipalities
  • Partnerships and Funding initiatives
  • Department of Seniors is committed to continuing to promote and support the development of Age-Friendly Communities in Nova Scotia!

Jacqueline Campbell

Community Development Coordinator

Nova Scotia Department of Seniors

(902) 424-6211