“Accessible and affordable community and health services are crucial in keeping seniors healthy, independent and active. This involves an appropriate supply of aged care services conveniently located close to where older people live and trained health and social workers to provide these services.” (WHO)
The topic of community support and health services spans a wide variety of programs and services offered in a community. These include primary health services offered by family doctors or nurse practitioners, alternative services such as those offered by naturopaths and community-based services that support aging at home and promote healthy living through education and activities. Having good physical and mental health enables older adults to continue participating in their community well into older age, a key feature of an age-friendly community.