Join us for the annual mayor's forum on on age-friendly Waterloo!
Fri., Nov. 20, 2015
8:30 a.m. to noon
Luther Village Sunshine Centre
Luther Village on the Park
141 Father David Bauer Dr., Waterloo
Learn how we can foster healthy and active aging across the spectrum of ages from youth to seniors. This year's round-table discussion will involve children and youth and focus on transportation, respect and social inclusion, accessibility and outdoor spaces and housing.
Keynote speakers are Dr. John Lewis, Associate Professor at the School of Planning, University of Waterloo and Arlene Groh, Chair of the mayor's advisory committee on age-friendly Waterloo. Our keynote speakers co-authored a chapter of the recent book, Age-friendly cities and communities in international comparison. Their chapter is titled, It's about the people: seniors' perspectives on age-friendly communities. Copies of this chapter will be distributed to participants and the authors will be available to answer questions.
Everyone is invited to this free event, but please pre-register, as space is limited. RSVP Adrienne Gumz at 519-747-8742, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ample free parking is available at the Waterloo Memorial Recreation Complex beside Luther Village on the Park. Use the footbridge to access the main entrance to the Luther Village Sunshine Centre. Limited accessible parking is available at Luther Village on the Park.
The City of Waterloo is an age-friendly city, where people of all ages thrive and grow.
Our commitment to age friendliness was recognized by the World Health Organization (WHO), which designated Waterloo among the Global Network of Age-friendly Cities in 2012 for our commitment to assessing and improving our age-friendliness.
The city's age-friendly cities committee, with the support of our mayor, secured the World Health Organization's (WHO) Global Network of Age-friendly Cities designation.
To receive this designation, the city's age-friendly cities committee established a mechanism to include older people, developed and administered a baseline assessment tool of the age-friendliness of our city and developed a city-wide action plan based on the findings. Our WHO membership is contingent upon demonstrating continual improvement. The committee and city staff are working in partnership with Dr. John Lewis of the University of Waterloo to continually assess and improve our age-friendliness.
One of the recommendations from the committee's action plan was to develop an older adult housing directory. In addition to basic information about older adult housing such as contact details, cost, number of units, unit sizes and level of care available, this directory also provides information about amenities provided at each location and in the surrounding neighbourhoods.
Membership in this network has such advantages as connecting us to a global network of ageing experts, facilitating collaborative activities and providing guidance on developing and implementing age-friendly approaches, among others.
More information and resources
- The terms of reference provide more information on about the city's age-friendly cities committee.
- The committee made this presentation to council in January 2012 on the occasion of the City of Waterloo being designated an age-friendly city.
- On June 24, 2013, the Mayor’s advisory committee for age-friendly Waterloo presented to council a summary report of their work to date along with a recommended action plan for continuing to develop the city as a sustainable, age-friendly community.
- One of the the recommendations from the 2013 action plan was to develop and publish an older adult housing directory. In addition to basic information such as contact details, cost, number of units, unit sizes and level of care available, this directory also provides information about amenities provided at each location and in the surrounding neighbourhoods.
- On September 30, 2013, city staff submitted a report to council regarding the action plan recommendations and the status of the recommendations at that point in time.
- October 1, 2014, marked the launch of the World Health Organization's website, Age-friendly World. Many cities and communities are taking active steps towards becoming more age-friendly. This website provides more information about these communities, including Waterloo, in the section on the WHO Global Network of Age-friendly Cities and Communities.
- The annual mayor's forum on age-friendly Waterloo, was held on Nov. 24, 2014. A summary report of the event highlights the continued need for social inclusion, more affordable and centrally located housing, better accessibililty, both in terms of the built environment and services, as well as more age appropriate channels of communication.
- wwhealthline.ca is an online directory of health and community services that puts accurate and up-to-date information at the fingertips of consumers and health professionals across Waterloo-Wellington. It's maintained by the Waterloo Wellington Community Care Access Centre.