The World Health Organization defines an age friendly community (AFC) as one in which “policies, services and structures related to the physical and social environment are designed to support and enable people of all ages to participate.” Further, it allows individuals within the community to live in security, enjoy good health, and continue to participate fully in society.
Dr. Young, also a member of MACS, says the objectives of the survey are to find out what the city of St. John’s is currently doing that supports the AFC model; what are the current weaknesses that the city faces with respect to AFC; and what recommendations can be made to improve the city with respect to the AFC criteria.
The researchers also want to provide a platform for the promotion of age-friendliness by sharing the results of the survey with the city, through potential academic publications, as well as the communication networks of the University.
The voluntary survey has received ethics approval from the Health Research Ethics Board of Newfoundland and Labrador. All information provided will be kept strictly confidential. The information could help with the planning of services for St. John’s residents.
If you have any concerns about participating, please leave a confidential message for Dr. Young at 709-777-7333.