The inaugural meeting of the Age Friendly London Network will be held May 21 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Kiwanis Senior's Community Centre on Riverside Drive.
The Network will begin work to implement the Age Friendly London three year action plan that aims to improve the quality of life for all Londoners in the areas of outdoor spaces and buildings; transportation; housing; social participation; respect and social inclusion; civic participation and employment; communication and information; community support and health services.
Interested older adults, baby boomers, service providers, community stakeholders, caregivers and other community members with expertise, experience or a commitment to the strategies identified in Plan are all invited to attend.
- In 2010 London became the first city in Canada to join the World Health Organization (WHO) global Network of Age Friendly Cities. Membership in the Network represents a city's commitment to improving its age friendliness and to engaging older adults in the process.
- In 2011 City Council established the Age Friendly London Task Force made up of more than 100 older adults, baby boomers, service providers, caregivers and other community members.
- Working collectively, the group spent 10 months developing a vision, strategies and action steps focused on improving the quality of life for older adults in London.
- The Age Friendly London: A Three Year Action Plan is a road map for improving London's age friendliness during the next three years.
- This work builds upon the numerous initiatives already underway in London and has recommended that the action items in the plan be considered and integrated into other community planning processes such as ReThink London.
- The Task Force recommended that a community-wide Age Friendly Network be established to oversee the implementation of the action plan and to include older adults, baby boomers, community stakeholders, community agencies and organizations.