Tuesday February 7,
BC Gov't News
Age-Friendly grants help keep communities accessible
and seniors active
Released by Marc Wang, BC Gov't
Caucus/Voice file photo
in the Fraser Valley Regional District are benefitting from a $16,060 grant
for the Age-Friendly Workshop and Report. The funding will go towards
helping older residents stay healthy and active in the community.
"This funding will help make our entire
region more accessible and more enjoyable for everyone, regardless
of age," said Chilliwack MLA John Les in a news release Tuesday.
Why this matters:
Age-Friendly BC provides grants of
up to $20,000 to help communities create or continue a variety
of projects which help address the needs of the older
Age-friendly initiatives can range
from setting public policy to physical improvements to address
the needs of older residents. Examples of age-friendly community
changes can include: widening sidewalks, installing benches,
maximizing green space, as well as making information, programs
and services more accessible to the older population.
The Province has worked with local
governments, the Union of British Columbia Municipalities and
other partners to achieve a vision where people of all ages and
abilities feel included and valued in their communities.
For more information, visit:
In September 2011, Premier Christy Clark announced the launch of
Age-Friendly BC, a grant and recognition program to help local
governments create environments that support the good health and
community participation of seniors. Due to an overwhelming response
from communities, the Province has provided an additional $750,000
to further support age-friendly community planning and projects.
The Age-Friendly BC program focuses on providing communities with
support, information and recognition to help meet the needs of an
aging population. Local governments can achieve age-friendly
recognition and officially become an Age-Friendly BC community once
they have completed four basic steps that focus on community
engagement, commitment, assessment and action. Local governments can
apply to be recognized using applications available at http://www.seniorsbc.ca/agefriendly/
and are being accepted until February 29, 2012.
For more information on Age-Friendly BC please visit:
Want your community recognized as age-friendly? Learn how:
Want to know how to make your business more accessible to seniors?
The guide, Creating an Age-friendly Business in B.C., is available
at any BC Chamber of Commerce or online at:
Looking for general information on seniors and seniors' services?
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