Age Friendly Edmonton is part of the global Age Friendly movement initiative by the World Health Organization. ESCC, with help from member organizations, developed an Age Friendly Edmonton Action Plan. In 2011, the Edmonton Seniors Coordinating Council, working with the City of Edmonton, applied to become part of the global movement. The Age Friendly Edmonton Action Plan was accepted by the WHO and in 2012, an Age Friendly Edmonton Steering Committee was convened to plant the seeds of the movement in Edmonton.
In 2013, nine working groups were created to address 58 actions needed for building an Age Friendly Edmonton. This work was supported by city council and a budget was approved for five years to implement the action plan in partnership with the City of Edmonton.
The Action Plan set various projects into motion and laid the groundwork for many contemporary support services, including Alberta Seniors' Centre Without Walls, Seniors Home Supports Program, and Seniors Information Phone Line (211 Alberta). The collective also accomplished an array of evaluative reports to move the sector forward in the areas of diversity, programming, outreach, isolation and more. A comprehensive review of these measures can be found in the 2018 report, ‘Age Friendly Edmonton: The First Five Years.’
In 2018, Age Friendly Edmonton restructured into four key hubs: Encouraging Intergenerational Connections, Reducing Ageism, Supporting Aging in Place, and Responding to Diversity. Since then, the Hubs have been hard at work on various projects to address issues affecting older Edmontonians.
A podcast, the Shared Mic: Conversations for the Ages, was created by the Intergenerational and Diversity Hubs in 2019, with a focus on bringing together people of all ages and backgrounds for rich conversations. In 2020, the Ageism Hub conducted an anti-ageism campaign, ‘Grow Older With Me’ to get people sharing the positive aspects of aging. The campaign collected dozens of anecdotes from community members throughout the week. The Ageism Hub undertook a collaboration with the Beaumont chapter of Cycling Without Age -- an initiative to get older adults cycling again through the innovative mechanism of ‘trishaws’ (bicycles outfitted with passenger compartments). The effort resulted in GEF Housing facilities adopting trishaws for the enjoyment of residents.
In 2021, the Age Friendly Edmonton Hubs started hosting online community Lunch ‘n’ Learns where community members can get engaged with aging topics.
Learn more: Age Friendly Edmonton
Age Friendly Edmonton: The First Five Years (2018)
Advancing Age Friendly Edmonton: What We Heard (2017)
Vision for an Age Friendly Edmonton: Action Plan (2011)