Frequently Asked Questions
What is 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. It is an effort to promote active, engaged, and healthy living for people in North Western Ontario and Thunder Bay. By learning and sharing about Thunder Bay’s age friendly features and the aspirations of its residents, this initiative is amplifying and bringing enhancements to our community that align with factors identified by the World Health Organization that influence the ability to live well at any age. Age Friendly Thunder Bay is part of the WHO Global Network of Age Friendly Cities and Communities, an effort of nearly 400 communities worldwide benefiting more than 130 million people. Every generation is living longer, and Age Friendly Thunder Bay will be ready to provide its residents with the opportunity to thrive in a livable community.
What is an Age Friendly City?
A key strategy to facilitate the inclusion of older persons is to make our community more age friendly. An age friendly community enables people of all ages to actively participate in community activities and treats everyone with respect, regardless of their age. It is a place that makes it easy for older people to stay connected to people that are important to them. And it helps people stay healthy and active even at the oldest ages and provides appropriate support to those who need it.
Many cities and communities are already taking active steps towards becoming more age friendly. A local assessment has been completed that explores aspirations of Thunder Bay’s older residents (age 65 and older) and Boomers (those born between 1946 and 1964) — as they relate to the World Health Organization’s eight domains of livability:
- Civic participation and employment
- Communication and information
- Community support and health services
- Outdoor spaces and buildings
- Respect and social inclusion
- Social participation
What are the community features that Age Friendly Thunder Bay is working towards?
- Pleasant, secure and physically accessible outdoor spaces and public buildings
- Well designed, affordable and secure housing choices
- Well-maintained and accessible roads and walkways
- Affordable and accessible public transportation
- Secure neighbourhoods
- Respectful relationships
- Supportive health and community services
- Opportunities to be socially active
- Opportunities to participate in suitable volunteer, civic and employment positions
- Information that is easy to access and understand
How is Age Friendly Thunder Bay recognized for their efforts?
To be recognized by the World Health Organization, communities must achieve five Milestones:
- Community Engagement Milestone — establish an Age Friendly Committee that includes active engagement of older adults
- Municipal Council Resolution Milestone — secure a local municipal council resolution to actively support, promote and work toward becoming age friendly
- Action Plan Milestone — establish a robust and concrete plan of action that includes a community consultation developed with older adults
- Public Awareness Milestone — demonstrate commitment to action by publicly posting the action plan
- Measuring Outcomes Milestone — commit to measuring activities and reporting publicly on action plan outcomes
What other local organizations are involved with Age Friendly Thunder Bay?
- Thunder Bay City Council
- Thunder Bay District Health Unit
- Alzhelmer Society of Thunder Bay
- Thunder Bay Transit
- St. Joseph’s Care Group
- Thunder Bay Public Library
- United Way of Thunder Bay Community Capacity Building Committee
- Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre
- Lakehead University Centre for Education & Research on Aging and Health
- Thunder Bay Police Service, Crimes Against Seniors Unit
- 55+ Centre Board of Directors
- Anishnawbe Mushkiki Health Access Centre
- World Health Organization
- Ontario Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse
- Grandview Lodge Home for the AgedHealth Organization
- Lakehead Social Planning Council
- Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration, Ministry of Culture and Sports and Recreation Branch of the Ministry of Health Promotion
- Retired Teachers’ Organizationn
- Canadian Association for Retired Pensioners
- Canadian Red Cross Society
How do I volunteer and get involved?
There are multiple ways to contact us, you can send us a message on our contact page, or email Rebecca Johnson at firstname.lastname@example.org or give us a call at 807-577-2807