Why Become Age-Friendly?

This video, made in 2013, highlights some of the accomplishments of age-friendly communities in the province and how an age-friendly community benefits multiple generations in the community.

Age-Friendly benefits the whole community:

  • Secure neighbourhoods are safe for all ages.
  • Older adults receive services and supports they need to age in place
  • Barrier-free buildings and streets enhance the mobility for people of all abilities, and all ages.
  • The whole community benefits from the participation of older persons in volunteer or paid work and civic activities
  • Healthy, active aging prevents the need for health care services
Age-friendly makes us all aware of the barriers that others face. Our communities should be barrier free to all. Let's work towards this and we will all have better communities." - Sharon Arnold, The Pas
...everyone benefits when individuals, municipalities, businesses and non-profits stop to consider how they can make a difference in the lives of other people... That is what age-friendly means to us." - The Age-Friendly Advisory Committee, Portage la Prairie
...the 'age-friendly' initiative has caused us to look at projects through a different set of eyes. Whether we are designing buildings, parks, Community Centres, or simply walking paths, they are being designed with mobility in mind for all ages. Our mobility challenged individuals are getting a sense of involvement as their voices are resonating through every project that is being discussed! Making Winkler 'age-friendly' has made us a well rounded community!" - Martin Harder, Mayor, Winkler