Calgary’s senior population is growing and by 2036, it’s estimated that nearly one in five Calgarians will be a senior. Through collaboration with older adult community members, other levels of government, and members of the health, post-secondary, non-profit, and private sectors, a community-wide strategy was created to prepare for Calgary's aging population.
The Senior Age-Friendly Strategy and Implementation Plan 2015-2018 was approved by Calgary City Council in June 2015.
Learn more about Age-Friendly Calgary.
The Seniors Age-Friendly Strategy has six priority areas. Short descriptions of those are available in the PDFs below:
The creation of this framework included the participation of older adults at every stage of its development.
What you can do
Calgarians can impact their communities by bringing age-friendly actions to their neighbourhoods. Some suggestions for each priority area are:
Access to information and services
- Learn the differences between 211, 311, 811, and 911, and when to call each one.
- Offer to create a card for the wallet of someone who needs language translation. This will help them speak with service providers.
Community support and health
- Give extra support to older adults who have recently lost a spouse.
- Offer support to a senior or caregiver; such as delivering groceries, cutting their grass, shoveling snow, walking their dog or providing care for an afternoon while the caregiver takes a break.
Participation and inclusion
- Meet an older person in your neighbourhood that you haven’t met before.
- Start a walking group in your neighbourhood.
- Have your say. Join the Citizens’ View panel or attend a public engagement session.
Prevention and response to elder abuse
Transportation and mobility
- Travel with confidence. Use the Go Here app to locate washrooms available to the public.
- Offer to drive an older person to appointments, shopping, and to social occasions.
The City is working closely with community partners and Calgarians to implement the plan.