As the population of the City of Edmonton has grown, so has the number of older adults in Edmonton. This trend is likely to continue as the baby boomer generation quickly approaches the age when health and mobility issues can begin to become an issue. Age-Friendly Edmonton is an initiative to improve the quality of life for Edmonton residents in their senior years.
An action plan "Vision for Age-Friendly Edmonton" has been established using the World Health Organization’s (WHO’s) Global Age-Friendly Cities Guide to ensure that our city is shaped to be inclusive to the needs of our aging population. In late 2010 Edmonton was officially accepted as a member of the WHO Global Network of Age-Friendly Cities.
The Action Plan has been created as a result of extensive community consultation with seniors, their caregivers, and other key stakeholders. Endorsed by Edmonton City Council, the purpose of the action plan is to ensure that Edmonton is a community that respects, values, and actively supports the well-being of its senior population. The plan encompasses 18 overall goals that identify gaps, needs, and recommended actions for nine key areas. Housing is one of the nine main focus areas.
Seniors have the right to choose where and how they live as long as they don’t pose a risk to others.
Seniors have the right to feel safe in their homes and communities.
One in three Edmontonians will be age 55 plus by 2041. Within the senior population, the most dramatic growth is expected to happen in the over 80 age group, with projections of a 266% increase in this group while the number of seniors ages 55-64 is expected to increase by as much as 104% during this same time frame.
The Edmonton Seniors Coordinating Council and the City of Edmonton are co-leading the implementation plans. A five-year work plan has been developed and approved by Edmonton's City Council, ongoing funding has been approved and over ninety stakeholder groups are working to support this important initiative.
Our Other Partner Organizations:
- Alberta Health Services
- Alberta Continuing Care Association
- Alberta Seniors and Community Supports
- Alberta Association of Architects
- Canadian Home Builders Association
- Christenson Developments
- Edmonton Homeless Commission
- Edmonton Seniors Coordinating Council
- Greater Edmonton Foundation
- Premiers Council on the Status of Persons with Disabilities
- Realtors Association of Edmonton
- Sage Seniors Association
- Spinal Cord Injury Alberta
- University of Alberta
- Edmonton Fire Rescue Services