AGE FRIENDLY COMMUNITY INITIATIVE
An Age Friendly Community is one that is an inclusive and accessible environment that allows people to realize their potential for physical, social, and mental well-being throughout the life course and to participate in society, while providing them with adequate protection, security and care when they need it.
World Health Organization
The Age Friendly Community (AFC) Initiative is a community collaboration funded by Osprey Community Foundation and Columbia Basin Trust. Now in its second three-year phase, the AFC Initiative is guided by an Advisory Committee of representatives from senior-serving community organizations, municipal and regional government, and Interior Health, as well as individual seniors.
The overarching goal of the Initiative is to identify and address seniors service gaps and barriers. Building on a process of community consultation, research and priority-setting, four pilot projects were developed in to address the identified priorities for seniors’ services:
- Kootenay Seniors Website
- Kootenay Seniors Service Coordination Project
- Reaching Out: identifying isolated rural seniors & determining their priority needs
- Moving Together: a collaborative approach to addressing seniors’ transportation barriers
The AFC Initiative’s Moving Together project recently launched the West Kootenay Seniors Transportation Coordination, helping seniors connect to transportation services and plan for life after driving. For more information about this and other AFC Initiative news, visit other Projects.