Saskatchewan communities recognized for their age-friendly status

CANADA, November 23 – Aired November 22, 2022

Three Saskatchewan communities are recognized for their commitment to age-friendly principles through community engagement and action.

“I commend today’s Age-Friendly recognition recipients for their efforts to consider the needs of seniors and seniors, and how their communities can play a role in the improving their quality of life,” said Seniors Minister Everett Hindley. “Our government supports the Age-Friendly Communities initiative, which promotes healthy, accessible and inclusive communities where everyone is valued and supported.

Kipling and the District, Moose Jaw and Regina are each receiving an award from the Government of Saskatchewan and the Saskatchewan Seniors Mechanism (SSM) to recognize their work on activities and programs to better include seniors and seniors, leading to communities that benefit all ages.

This includes:

  • establish an age-friendly committee;
  • obtain the support of the municipal government;
  • assess the community, determine where age-friendly initiatives are needed; and
  • development, dissemination and implementation of an action plan.

“Fifteen communities in this province are part of the age-friendly movement,” said Doug Still, SSM Board Member and Chair of the Age-Friendly Saskatchewan Committee. “Together, their combined populations represent more than half a million people in a variety of locations ranging from municipalities and rural towns to our two largest cities. These communities are committed to looking at community development by and with older people, knowing that age-friendly means where everyone benefits.”

An age-friendly community is designed to enable all residents to live safely, enjoy good health and stay involved, and may include:

  • sidewalks that are well lit and maintained in good condition;
  • accessible services;
  • buildings with automatic door openers and elevators; and
  • older people who participate in various community activities, such as arts and cultural activities, attend classes, or volunteer for charities or civic duties.

For more information on the Age-Friendly Community Recognition Program, including the application process, visit the Saskatchewan Seniors Mechanism website at https://skseniorsmechanism.ca/ or the Age-Friendly Saskatchewan website at www.agefriendlysk.ca.

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For more information contact:

Media
Health
Regina
Phone: 306-787-4083
Email: [email protected]

Linda Anderson
Saskatchewan Seniors Facility
Regina
Phone: 306-539-1281
Email: [email protected]

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