The city of Vancouver has recently rolled out its Age Friendly Action Plan in an attempt to “improve facilities and services for seniors from fully independent older adults and seniors to those who are more vulnerable and need additional support,” according to the city’s website. The plan was created as the result of over 400 interviews with Vancouver caregivers, senior organizations and senior residents.
The Age Friendly Action Plan consists of 60 action-oriented steps that aim to make the city safer while increasing quality of life for its senior citizens. The plan defines “quality of life” in terms of society, economy and physical environment. This means that seniors will be supported in participating in an independent and active lifestyle, older workers will be supported in businesses, and building structures and walkways will be safe for individuals of various abilities.
Vancouver has laid out six “action plan areas” that have been deemed priorities and these are:
- Active and healthy living
- Human services
- Physical built environment
- Safety and emergency services
- Training and awareness
- Coordination and monitoring
All of the city’s upcoming implementations also aim at catering to seniors in need of specialized dementia care. One way in which the city is doing this is by teaming up with the Alzheimer Society to provide extensive training on dementia-friendly programs that are also caregiver inclusive.
While Vancouver is doing its part to make the city more accessible to older adults, there is still a great need for personalized in-home care. If you have an aging loved one who needs assistance with daily chores and could benefit from help at home, contact Home Care Assistance Vancouver at 778-279-3634.