Grand Falls-Windsor, like all communities in Canada, is experiencing a growing number of seniors. As this segment of our community increases it is very important that the Town of Grand Falls-Windsor with its community based partners support older citizens. We know that the Town will face new opportunities and challenges in responding to the changing needs of this group.
Everyone benefits from making Grand Falls-Windsor more age friendly. It provides an opportunity for more secure neighbourhoods; accessible buildings create more mobility options for all people of all ages. The whole community benefits from more seniors having an opportunity to participate, making Grand Falls-Windsor a better place for all.
In December of 2010 the Town formed the Grand Falls-Windsor Age Friendly Steering Committee (AFSC) to understand the needs of seniors in the community. The goal of the AFSC was to explore the current age-friendliness of the community and to develop a series of achievable recommendations to meet the needs of that group. This involved a coordinated approach with stakeholders to gather information on how Grand Falls-Windsor can become more age-friendly.
The activities of the Town of Grand Falls-Windsor Age Friendly Steering Committee were guided by the nationally accepted Age-Friendly Rural and Remote Communities: A Guide. In addition, it supports the Provincial Health Aging Policy Framework, built on the principles of dignity, self-fulfilment, social inclusion, independence, safety and security, and fairness.
The development of this report involved the formation of the AFSC, accepting a set of guiding principles, using a nationally and provincially adopted toolkit to assess Grand Falls-Windsor, an analysis of the data collected and a series of recommendations for the Town of Grand Falls-Windsor to adopt to make the community more age friendly.
- 203,000 residents are 50 years and over.
- This represents almost 40 percent of the population.
- As of 2011 there were 81,000 aged 65 years and older in NL, who make up 15.8 % of the population.
- In 2021 the number will increase 115,500 this is a 43% increase in 10 years.