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Age-Friendly Business

What is age-friendly business

Age-Friendly Business is a City of Calgary initiative to help Calgary businesses and organizations develop services and spaces that can support an aging population.

Calgary is part of the global movement to create age-friendly cities. Learn more about Age-Friendly Calgary and how you can join the movement.

How to register as an age-friendly business

We are developing a system for older adults and their companions to identify age-friendly service providers around Calgary. We will provide these age-friendly businesses with storefront identifiers and compile them into a map so older adults can plan recreational activities, trips and fully participate in Calgary’s life. These recognition and mapping pieces are currently under development and expected to launch during Seniors Week 2017, the first week of June.

In the first half of 2017, we will begin a pilot program working with various business communities, starting with Kensington and Bridgeland, to create and test this processes before rolling it out to all Calgary businesses. Download our Age-Friendly Business checklist, self assess your organization and submit your information online to be included in our age-friendly network.

Why we need age-friendly businesses

Calgary's business community plays a tremendous role in providing goods, services, and programs to Calgarians. Our population is ageing, both globally and locally, and businesses can benefit from being ready to meet the needs of older adults in an ageing marketplace.

Developing a system that helps Calgary businesses increase their age-friendly characteristics is the most efficient and effective way to increase awareness of Calgary's changing demographics and create an environment ready to respond during that transition.

This program will help Calgarians find businesses that can meet their age-friendly needs by publically recognizing those businesses that make an effort to serve the older adult community alongside all Calgarians.

How to be an age-friendly business

Any business can take steps to become more age-friendly. We have created an age-friendly checklist based on the best practices researched by the national and international community.

Any organization can use these criteria to identify strengths and weaknesses in their age-friendly characteristics. Where possible, adopting points from these criteria will improve the age-friendly nature of a business.