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Healthy Aging in Canada: Opportunities for Action. Centre for Health Promotion Division of Aging and Seniors 25 th Annual Spring Research Symposium University of Manitoba Centre on Aging May 5, 2008 Winnipeg, Manitoba. The Vision of Healthy Aging. Guiding Principles Dignity

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    1. Healthy Aging in Canada:Opportunities for Action Centre for Health Promotion Division of Aging and Seniors 25th Annual Spring Research Symposium University of Manitoba Centre on Aging May 5, 2008 Winnipeg, Manitoba

    2. The Vision of Healthy Aging • Guiding Principles • Dignity • • Independence • • Participation • • Fairness • • Security Selected Areas of Focus • Social Connectedness • Physical Activity • Healthy Eating • Falls Prevention • Tobacco Control Supportive Environments Mutual Aid Self Care These five focus areas and principles are the first to be addressed. Other areas (e.g., elder abuse, income disparities, literacy and lifelong learning) may be addressed later or in other collaborative strategies in advancing healthy aging.

    3. Age-Friendly Community • Enables all ages and abilities to age actively: • Live in security, enjoy good health, participate in society • Building blocks include: • Policies and services • Physical environment (settings, structures) • Social environment • Benefits all ages

    4. Essential Features of Age-Friendly Cities • Outdoor Spaces & Buildings • Transportation • Housing • Respect & Social Inclusion 5. Social Participation 6. Communication & Information 7. Civic Participation & Employment 8. Community Support & Health Services

    5. Age-Friendly Collaborating Cities AMERICAS 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 EUROPE Germany, Ruhr Ireland, Dundalk Italy, Udine Russia, Moscow Russia, Tuymazy Switzerland, Geneva Turkey, Istanbul UK, Edinburgh UK, London SOUTH-EAST ASIA India, New Delhi India, Udaipur AFRICA Kenya, Nairobi WESTERN PACIFIC Australia, Melbourne Australia, Melville China, Shanghai Japan, Himeji Japan, Tokyo EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN Jordan, Amman Lebanon, Tripoli Pakistan, Islamabad Credit: BC Ministry of Health

    6. The Age-Friendly Canada Ruraland Remote Initiative Port Hope Simpson, NL Clarenville, NL Alert Bay, BC High Prairie, AB Alberton, PEI Guysborough, NS Lumby, BC Turtleford, SK Gimli, MB Bonnechere, ON Bonnechere, ON Source: The Healthy Children, Women & Seniors Branch, BC Ministry of Health.

    7. One Country, Many Identities

    8. Older Adults and the 2010 Games

    9. Thank You ! Jim Hamilton Special Advisor, Healthy Aging Public Health Agency of Canada Division of Aging and Seniors email: Jim_O_Hamilton@phac-aspc.gc.ca phone: (204) 789-7410