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Abbotsford seeks age-friendly status

City wants to be more accommodating to seniors

The City of Abbotsford has applied to officially be recognized as being friendly to older residents.

A report to council details the municipality’s efforts to gain official recognition as an Age-Friendly City from the provincial government and B.C. Healthy Communities, part of a World Health Organization project.

“An age-friendly community is where older adults are supported to live actively, and socially engaged,” the report says.

Abbotsford has done the following to gain recognition:

– established a working group in 2016, which meets monthly

– passed a resolution supporting age-friendly recognition

– published a survey to assess its friendliness to older adults in November 2016

– developed and published an action plan identifying key strategies to become more age-friendly

Abbotsford is home to 58,000 adults over age 45 – 41 per cent of its population. The outcome of the application is expected this month.