Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Seniors’ Week: Age-friendly businesses benefit everyone

Calgary is part of the global movement to create age-friendly cities. Today, The City of Calgary celebrated Seniors’ Week in Kensington Village with the announcement of a new Age-Friendly Calgary initiative called Age-Friendly Business. The Age-Friendly Business initiative helps Calgary businesses and organizations develop services and spaces that can support an aging population.

Calgary's business community plays a tremendous role in providing goods, services, and programs to Calgarians. Our population is aging, both globally and locally, and businesses can benefit from being ready to meet the needs of older adults in an aging marketplace.

To become an Age-Friendly Business, businesses complete a checklist and submit their application online. Once approved, they’re recognized as part of Calgary’s age-friendly network and included in a map to help older adults plan trips and errands around the city. For more information, visit calgary.ca/AFB.

“When we design our community with seniors in mind, we design a better city,” says Cheryl Joynt, manager of social development in Calgary Neighbourhoods “Being an age-friendly business means you’re open and accessible not just to seniors, but also to families with young children, people with limited mobility or accessibility needs, new Canadians – everyone!”

The Age-Friendly Calgary Steering Committee also released their second annual Report to the Community on the progress of the Seniors Age-Friendly Strategy and implementation Plan 2015-2018. The City’s celebration included demonstrations of seniors’ activities, a rain art activity and examples of businesses participating in the age-friendly initiative.

Find events and activities to celebrate Seniors’ Week

With a variety of events across Calgary, it’s easy to plan some special time to connect with the older adults in your life.

Some events are specifically for seniors, while others are for the whole family to enjoy. There are also conversation cafes to join and address the issue of elder abuse in the lead up to the World Elder Abuse Awareness Day event on June 15.

You can find the most up-to-date list of events online. Check out all the events and find your own special way to celebrate the older adults in your life.

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