Welcome to the new Age-Friendly communities Web site!
Launched in March 2011, the Age-Friendly Manitoba Initiative Web site is an online, one-stop resource centre that will provide Age-friendly communities with information, discussions, resources, and identify key persons to assist communities in becoming more age-friendly.
Age-friendly information available on the Web site
- Under the Resources tab, download age-friendly reports and guides, find links on other age-friendly projects, locate information specific for communities and organizations.
- Under the Communities tab, download and adopt age-friendly committee resources, read individual community consultation reports and profiles, find age-friendly related news, and look at the community's age-friendly photo gallery.
- Under the Media tab, find news related articles on the Age-Friendly Manitoba Initiative and watch age-friendly videos.
Age-Friendly Milestone Awards Ceremony
Join us for the third awards ceremony!
Date: Tuesday, June 25th, 2013
Time: 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Location: Room 200, Legislative Building, 450 Broadway, Winnipeg, Manitoba
Age-Friendly Manitoba video
On May 6, 2013, the Honourable Jim Rondeau launched the Age-Friendly Manitoba video at the Centre on Aging, University of Manitoba's annual spring research symposium.
The video highlights some of the accomplishments of a few age-friendly communities in the province and demonstrates how the Initiative has benefited communities by bringing together different generations and highlighting the contributions of seniors in the community.
Let no one be alone week: May 5-11, 2013
Feeling lonely is a reality for many older adults living in Manitoba. People who experience loneliness often feel a general sense of emptiness, do not have people that they feel close to, miss having people around and often feel rejected. Did you know that 35.9% of older Manitobans, men and women, reported feelings of loneliness in the 2007 General Social Survey (Profile of Manitoba’s Seniors, 2010).
Social inclusion has been designated as one of the key pillars in creating an age-friendly community. Research shows that communities that promote social participation and inclusion are better able to protect the health of their citizens, including those who are socially isolated (Age-Friendly Rural and Remote Communities Guide).
Let No One Be Alone Week
Last year, Brenda Tonn, a Seniors Resource Coordinator from the community of Plumas, developed an innovative initiative to reach isolated seniors called “Let No One Be Alone Week.” She envisioned a week focused on increasing awareness about those who are alone and encouraging everyone to reach out to, visit, call and/or reconnect with someone who may be lonely. In total more than 50 communities across Manitoba participated in Let No One Be Alone Week last year. This year, the goal is to have 100 communities participate.
International invited symposium
NEW: Age-Friendly Rural and Remote Communities and Places reports
On October 15-17, 2012, co-hosts Centre on Aging, University of Manitoba and the Manitoba Seniors and Healthy Aging Secretariat, along with symposium collaborators: International Federation on Ageing, World Health Organization, and Rural Development Institute, Brandon University hosted an age-friendly international invited symposium.
Based on the discussion from the participants and the work completed during the workshops, a series of six theme reports were produced along with a a detailed report and summary report. The reports are available for download in the Resources area of the Web site.
- Full symposium report: Age-Friendly Rural and Remote Communities and Places, Report of the October 15–17, 2012 International Invited Symposium
- Summary symposium report: Age-Friendly Rural and Remote Communities and Places: Summary ReportTheme reports
- Age-Friendly Rural and Remote Communities and Places: Priorities for Action
- Important Topics and Challanges to Address in Age-Friendly Rural and Remote Communities and Places
- The Pan American Health Organization: Opportunities for Promoting Age-Friendly Rural and Remote Communities and Places
- Sustaining Age-Friendly Rural and Remote Communities and Places: Creating Partnerships and Building a Community of Practice
- Making Rural and Remote Communities and Places More Age-Friendly: Why and How?
- What is Rural and Remote?
Community resource documents
Age-Friendly Communities are often asked what does it mean to be age-friendly? To answer this, a media fact sheet has been developed for communities to distribute and share with media or general inquiries on the initiative.
Additional resources are now posted online to assist communities with developing age-friendly publications. Visit the Resources> For Communities page for more information!
Age-Friendly consultation summaries
Since the launch of the Age-Friendly Manitoba Initiative communities have the opportunity
to participate in a community consultation as a way of identifying priorities.
During the community consultations, facilitated by Centre on Aging, University of Manitoba staff, people are invited to complete a survey and discuss their views on how age-friendly their community is and what areas need improvement.
The Centre on Aging has released these summaries from the collective group discussions and survey responses. The summaries are organized by six themes: Communication; Health and community services; Housing; Outdoor spaces and buildings; Participation; and Transportation.
View the summaries in PDF format.
Speak to a resource team member
If you are interested in accessing resources, holding a community consultation, promoting age-friendly, or speaking with a resource team member, all communication can be sent by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call (204) 945-6565 (toll-free: 1-800-665-6565).
The Age-Friendly Manitoba Initiative supports seniors in leading active, socially engaged, independent lives that contribute to healthy aging. Visit the “About AFMI” tab to learn more about the Age-Friendly Manitoba Initiative.