The makeup of our communities is changing as members of the baby boomer generation mature into older age. By 2036, it is estimated that 35% of the Canadian population will be over the age of 55. Here in Ontario, for the first time ever the number of seniors over the age of 65 now account for a larger share of the population than children under 14.
As our population ages, structures and services in our communities need to be adapted to ensure that older adults can enjoy healthy and active lives. Age-friendly community planning is considered one of the most effective policy responses to support an aging population.
The Age-friendly community movement is global and growing. To date, over 280 communities from 33 countries have joined the World Health Organization’s Global Network of Age-friendly Cities and Communities. Here in Peterborough our journey to become an age-friendly community is just beginning. With approximately 20% of our population already over the age of 65, this is timely work.