Age Friendly Thunder Bay
Age Friendly Thunder Bay works with and for older adults to enhance their quality of life through sound public policy and program decisions.
We provide leadership and education to enhance the experience of aging and encourage age friendly policies and practices in North Western Ontario’s workplaces, services organizations and neighborhoods.
We envision a community that respects, values, and empowers its older adults and provides them with opportunities to participate fully in their community.
Seniors’ concerns and issues are identified and solutions are sought through forums, research projects and partnership networks.
Age Friendly Thunder Bay works with a collaborative network of individuals, organizations, and businesses to educate public understanding of positive attitudes to aging and to counteract ageism and discrimination.
Demographics tell us that the population is aging. This raises the question “what is our desirable future” for the aging population? The emerging vision focuses on the wealth of knowledge and experience that individuals have gained during their lifetime. The aging population continues to learn and contribute to their families and communities. The challenge is to get the right mix of opportunity, support and services; to be innovative so that the aging population is active and contributing to our communities lifelong.
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Creating Age Friendly Businesses in Thunder Bay
The development process for the Age Friendly Thunder Bay Business Guide materials took place over a year and a half. Representatives sitting on the Age-Friendly Thunder Bay Committee volunteered for a task group that guided the work. Literature was reviewed and best practices identified. The design and content of the three final products were developed and refined during several meetings of the task group over the late summer and fall of 2012. Early drafts were reviewed by key informants from the community and local businesses and focus groups were conducted with seniors and owners of local businesses. The graphic design and printing of the materials were completed by Thunder Bay businesses.