How to plan for an age-friendly city

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Focus groups, surveys, discussions help us build for a positive future

By Denise O’Connor

The population of Hamilton is aging and the city is developing a plan to make itself more age-friendly. This plan will provide a road map for how to prepare for the challenges and opportunities presented by an older population.

The City of Hamilton is working with the Hamilton Council on Aging and the Seniors Advisory Committee to Council to develop a plan. Also helping through our steering committee are the United Way of Burlington and Greater Hamilton, Social Planning and Research Council, Hamilton Centre for Civic Inclusion, Gilbrea Centre (McMaster) for Aging and the YWCA, and Public Health and Recreation from the City of Hamilton. We are looking at:

  • What works well that we can build on?
  • What needs to be fixed?

The strength of the age-friendly-cities approach is it works for everyone.

  • What are the opportunities?
  • How do different groups experience the city differently?
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