The RMWB Advisory Committee on Aging is conducting an age friendly needs assessment.
The assessment will look at how age friendly our region currently is and what can be done to improve services in the areas of transportation, social participation, outdoor spaces and buildings, and health services to name a few.
The ACoA wants to hear from organizations and community members in a survey regarding how age friendly the RMWB currently is and use the information to create a plan to improve in areas where needed.
Seniors Advocate with St Aidan’s Society and ACoA Member, Pam Burns tells Mix News that there is room to improve services and programs to support our seniors.
“We see many gaps on a regular basis when we are working with seniors.” Burns said. “One of the things off the top of my head would be transportation to medical appointments, whether those appointments are here in town or in Edmonton, transportation is a challenge for many seniors”
The assessment will encourage better health, participation and security for older adults in the RMWB, while also identifying those gaps and opportunities for improvement.
Burns says the assessment will indicate the positive things that are happening as well as the gaps for seniors in the RMWB.
“There will be a community report that will be shared that will show some of the good things that are happening and where the gaps are,” Burns said. “This information will be used to create a plan to implement some changes towards making our community more age friendly.”
Across the province Seniors week is held during the first week of June. Here in the RMWB we have Seniors Month! This is an example of how we are currently age friendly in the RMWB. There are many opportunities for residents who are over the age of 60, to socialize and participate n free and fun events.
Burns adds the more people who complete the survey – the better the results for improving services.
“If you have an opportunity to complete the survey – it’s just really important that we receive your feedback so that we have a good sense of how the community feels about services and programs for seniors, so that we can look at ways to improve.”
The Wood Buffalo Senior Resource Committee organizes many events for Seniors Month. Here is the 2017-seniors-month-calendar for anyone interested in senior’s activities over the month of June.