One million people worldwide turn 60 every month; 80% of these live in developing countries.
According to United Nations estimates, the number of older persons (60+) will double from the current 600 million to 1.2 billion by 2025, and again, to 2 billion by 2050. The vast majority of older people live in their homes and communities, but in environments that have not been designed with their needs and capacities in mind.
To support Governments in developing and strengthening health and social policies in an ageing world, the World Health Organization (WHO) released a Policy Framework on Active Ageing in 2002. Active ageing policy is defined as “optimizing opportunities for health, participation and security in order to enhance the quality of life as people age.” The active ageing approach is grounded in the UN-recognized principles of independence, participation, dignity, care and self-fulfillment. It acknowledges the importance of gender, earlier life experiences, and culture on how individuals age. It takes into account the biological, psychological, behavioural, economic, social and environmental factors that operate over the course of a person’s life to determine health and well-being in later years. Read more: Global Age-Friendly Cities Project
Community Development Halton carries out various projects within community. One of them is Burlington Age Friendly Council (BAFC) an independent body made up of individuals and organizations dedicated to improving the overall well-being of seniors.
Community Development Halton, as lead organization on the BAFC collaborative, received funding in 2013 from the Ontario Trillium Foundation of $347,000 to continue to expand the Burlington Age-Friendly program, and create a Halton Age-Friendly Network. Building inclusive and engaged communities together, this initiative is helping people have a say in shaping the services and programs that matter to them, and has an impact on the lives of 66,665 people in the community.
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