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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 creation of this framework included the input and participation of older adults at every stage of its development.

The Senior Age-Friendly Strategy and Implementation Plan 2015-2018 was approved by Calgary City Council in June 2015.

Updated May 17, 2017: Revisions to the Transportation & Mobility priority area.

Learn more about Age-Friendly Calgary.

The Seniors Age-Friendly Strategy has six priority areas:

How can you make a difference?

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. The card can simply read, "I speak (language)". 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.

Housing

Participation and inclusion

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.