Welcome to the Age-Friendly communities Web site!
Launched in March 2011, the Age-Friendly Manitoba Initiative Web site is an online, one-stop resource centre that will provide Age-friendly communities with information, discussions, resources, and identify key persons to assist communities in becoming more age-friendly.
Age-friendly information available on the Web site
- Under the Resources tab, download age-friendly reports and guides, find links on other age-friendly projects, locate information specific for communities and organizations.
- Under the Communities tab, download and adopt age-friendly committee resources, read individual community consultation reports and profiles, find age-friendly related news, and look at the community's age-friendly photo gallery.
- Under the Media tab, find news related articles on the Age-Friendly Manitoba Initiative and watch age-friendly videos.
AFMI milestone reached: 100 communities
On Friday, November 15, 2013, Manitoba welcomed 14 new communities joining the Age-Friendly Manitoba Initiative. Welcome to the following 14 communities:
- Birtle (Rural Municipality)
- Birtle (Town)
- Brenda (Rural Municipality)
- Deloraine (Town)
- Ethelbert (Village)
- Hartney, Town
- Lac du Bonnet (Town)
- Town of Plum Coulee,
- Town Rockwood (Rural Municipality)
- St. Andrews (Rural Municipality)
- Stuartburn (Rural Municipality)
- Swan River (Town)
- Waskada (Village)
- Winchester (Rural Municipality)
The 14 new communities were welcomed and awarded with a $2000.00 cheque by the newly appointed Minister of Healthy Living and Seniors, Sharon Blady. All communities joining the AFMI are provided a cheque to assist with becoming more age-friendly. Thus, taking the age-friendly approach to community development that physically and socially meets the needs of all citizens, regardless of age and ability.
The newly appointed Minister, Sharon Blady, provides congratulatory remarks on reaching 100 communities dedicated to becoming more age-friendly.
Communities were also welcomed by Eileen Clark, Vice President, Urban, Association of Manitoba Municipalities; and other age-friendly partners, including the Centre on Aging, University of Manitoba. Dr. Verena Menec, Director of the Centre on Aging, was also available to present the latest research on The Age-Friendly Manitoba Initiative—What Have We Learned So Far. For a copy of Dr. Menec’s presentation and the latest research, please visit the Reports section of this website.
Veteran age-friendly communities of Gimli, Hamiota, Harrison, and Stonewall, including the Recreation and Regional Services were present to share their resources and wisdom with the new communities. The day also entailed an interactive workshop on implementing the Age-Friendly Milestones approach to becoming more age-friendly.
With the addition of these 14 new communities, the Age-Friendly Manitoba Initiative also celebrated reaching the 100 community mark. Today, the Age-Friendly Manitoba Initiative is 100 communities strong, as we together strive for a future that firmly establishes Manitoba as the most age-friendly place to live, grow, learn and thrive.
Once again we would like to welcome the 14 new communities and thank all age-friendly communities and age-friendly partners for their dedication and work in promoting the age-friendly approach to community development.
Pictures from the November 15, 2013 Age-Friendly Orientation and Celebration of reaching 100 communities will be available in the Media Gallery section of the website. For more information about Age-Friendly Manitoba Initiative or if you would like to join the Initiative please call the Seniors and Healthy Aging Secretariat at 1-800-665-6565.
Age-Friendly Manitoba video
On May 6, 2013, the Honourable Jim Rondeau launched the Age-Friendly Manitoba video at the Centre on Aging, University of Manitoba's annual spring research symposium.
The video highlights some of the accomplishments of a few age-friendly communities in the province and demonstrates how the Initiative has benefited communities by bringing together different generations and highlighting the contributions of seniors in the community.
International invited symposium
Age-Friendly Rural and Remote Communities and Places reports
On October 15-17, 2012, co-hosts Centre on Aging, University of Manitoba and the Manitoba Seniors and Healthy Aging Secretariat, along with symposium collaborators: International Federation on Ageing, World Health Organization, and Rural Development Institute, Brandon University hosted an age-friendly international invited symposium.
Based on the discussion from the participants and the work completed during the workshops, a series of six theme reports were produced along with a a detailed report and summary report. The reports are available for download in the Resources area of the Web site.
- Full symposium report: Age-Friendly Rural and Remote Communities and Places, Report of the October 15–17, 2012 International Invited Symposium
- Summary symposium report: Age-Friendly Rural and Remote Communities and Places: Summary ReportTheme reports
- Age-Friendly Rural and Remote Communities and Places: Priorities for Action
- Important Topics and Challanges to Address in Age-Friendly Rural and Remote Communities and Places
- The Pan American Health Organization: Opportunities for Promoting Age-Friendly Rural and Remote Communities and Places
- Sustaining Age-Friendly Rural and Remote Communities and Places: Creating Partnerships and Building a Community of Practice
- Making Rural and Remote Communities and Places More Age-Friendly: Why and How?
- What is Rural and Remote?
Community resource documents
Age-Friendly Communities are often asked what does it mean to be age-friendly? To answer this, a media fact sheet has been developed for communities to distribute and share with media or general inquiries on the initiative.
Additional resources are now posted online to assist communities with developing age-friendly publications. Visit the Resources> For Communities page for more information!
Age-Friendly consultation summaries
Since the launch of the Age-Friendly Manitoba Initiative communities have the opportunity
to participate in a community consultation as a way of identifying priorities.
During the community consultations, facilitated by Centre on Aging, University of Manitoba staff, people are invited to complete a survey and discuss their views on how age-friendly their community is and what areas need improvement.
The Centre on Aging has released these summaries from the collective group discussions and survey responses. The summaries are organized by six themes: Communication; Health and community services; Housing; Outdoor spaces and buildings; Participation; and Transportation.
View the summaries in PDF format.
Speak to a resource team member
If you are interested in accessing resources, holding a community consultation, promoting age-friendly, or speaking with a resource team member, all communication can be sent by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call (204) 945-6565 (toll-free: 1-800-665-6565).
The Age-Friendly Manitoba Initiative supports seniors in leading active, socially engaged, independent lives that contribute to healthy aging. Visit the “About AFMI” tab to learn more about the Age-Friendly Manitoba Initiative.