Guelph joins WHO Global Network of Age-friendly Cities and Communities

Guelph, ON, December 19, 2014 – The City of Guelph’s commitment to be an age-friendly community has been recognized by the World Health Organization (WHO).

Late last month, Guelph was accepted as a member of the Global Network of Age-friendly Cities and Communities for its promise to make Guelph a great place to live and age well.

More than 250 cities and communities in 27 countries have joined the Network as a part of a growing global movement of cities and communities striving to meet the needs of older residents. By 2031, Guelph’s population will be 175,000 with 57,000 people over the age of 55.

“Being a part of the Network gives us efficient and effective ways to learn about age-friendly initiatives that are already working in other communities,” says Mayor Cam Guthrie.

The two-year membership gives the City access to new resources like agefriendlyworld.org; an online platform where members share experiences and good practices as well as pose questions and discuss challenges.

“In Guelph, we are creating a community that encourages healthy and active aging and the well-being of older people. Being a part of the Network allows us to share information across a global platform and receive guidance on becoming an age-friendly community,” says Wendy Kornelsen, manager of Senior Services.

The City is also establishing a Community Older Adult Leadership Team to guide the actions needed to make Guelph age friendly. The team will work to ensure Guelph is a place that helps people stay healthy and active regardless of age.

About WHO age-friendly cities and communities

WHO age-friendly cities and communities recognize the wide range of capacities and resources among older people; anticipate and respond flexibly to aging-related needs and preferences; respect older people’s decisions and lifestyle choices; protect those who are vulnerable; and promote older people’s inclusion in and contribution to all areas of community life.

About Guelph’s Older Adult Strategy

The purpose of the strategy is to create an age-friendly community that supports older adults to live in security, maintain their health and participate fully in society. In response, the City will adapt its structure and services to be accessible and inclusive of older people with varying needs and capacities.

guelph.ca/olderadultstrategy

For more information

Wendy Kornelsen
Manager
Senior Services
519-822-1260 extension 2684
wendy.kornelsen@guelph.ca