In June, the City of Mississauga received a $50,000 Age-Friendly Community Planning Grant. Awarded by the Province of Ontario, the City will use the Grant to develop an action plan towards becoming a World Health Organization (WHO) designated Age-FriendlyCommunity.
This internationally-recognized designation will acknowledge Mississauga as a municipality that supports older adult participation in social, civic, employment, communication and healthy active living opportunities.
In 2014, the City formed an Older Adult Advisory Panel comprised of 11 members and six City staff. Their mandate is to give older adults opportunities to exchange information and advice on developing and improving older adult services in the community.
The major goal of the Panel will be to pursue the Age-Friendly Community designation. This will be done by working with the City, community groups, volunteers and residents through Community Centre Older Adult Committees.
The plan will involve an age-friendly community self-assessment, reviewing and updating the City’s 2009 Older Adult Plan and establishing action teams to move forward the key priorities of the WHO’s Age-Friendly Cities framework:
• civic participation
• community and health care
• outdoor spaces and buildings
• respect and social inclusion
• social participation
For more information, contact Lorena Smith, Community Development Co-ordinator, Older Adults at 905-615-3200, ext. 3718 or:
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