Building Age-friendly Communities, One Event at a Time

Submitted by: Mary Benson, Board Member

Are you age-friendly?

With summer comes the excitement of outdoor festivals, special events and fairs. 

 If you represent an organization or are a member of a planning committee, here are some tips to consider when creating an age- friendly community event.  

In an age-friendly community:

  • outdoor areas and public buildings, washrooms are pleasant, safe and accessible 
  • the grounds are safe and maintained (either paved or solid surface – gravel is not a good ground coverage for individuals of any age that have mobility issues) 
  • public transportation to these events – close drop off zones for easy access
  • seating – plentiful and in areas where individuals won’t feel isolated from the activities of the event
  • areas with shade and protection from unpredictable weather occurrences.  (outdoor tents are great for these needs)
  • opportunities for older adults to be socially active and engaged 
  • older adults have access to meaningful volunteer opportunities
  • information is easy to find, use and understand. Ambassadors and way finders are available 

Learn more on creating  age friendly events at Age Friendly Communities. To access our age friendly programs visit

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