London, City of

Name of Committee: Age-Friendly London Network

Population: 383,822

Contact:

Program Description

The Age Friendly London Network is currently implementing their second Community Action Plan. The AFL Action Plan (2017-2020) addressed the eight focus areas of age-friendliness as defined by the World Health Organization (WHO), in addition to identifying five Network strategies that strengthen the Network as a whole and deepen their impact.

The Age Friendly London Network is a community-based network with the vision of creating a diverse, vibrant, caring, and healthy community, which empowers all individuals to age well and have opportunities to achieve their full potential.

The Network membership is comprised of older adults, representatives from senior-serving organizations, and others who are interested in making London a more age friendly city. The City of London provides the backbone support to the Network although the community is the leader of change. 

Current Funding:

  • Municipal core funding
  • Other grant
  • In-kind contributions of resources, time, volunteers from City of London and partner organizations

Current and Completed AFC Projects, Programs, Initiatives:

Communications and Information

Project/Program/InitiativeRelated Domain

Age-Friendly Parks Checklist

Outdoor Spaces and Public Buildings

Age-Friendly Benches

Outdoor Spaces and Public Buildings

Neighbourhood Safety Audits

Outdoor Spaces and Public Buildings

Age Friendly Business Guide & Checklist

Outdoor Spaces and Public Buildings

Respect and Social Inclusion

Guide to Using London Transit (Resource,2018, available in English, French, Arabic, Spanish)

Transportation

Guide to London & Area Transportation (Resource, 2016, available in English, Arabic, Spanish)

Transportation

Bus Buddies (2014 Pilot program that paired Western students with older adults who were using the bus in London for the first time)

Transportation

Respect and Social Inclusion

Cycling Workshops for older adults (Summer/Fall 2018)

Transportation

Longer pedestrian crossing times

Transportation

Cherryhill Community Bus (Bus service specially designed to serve the needs of seniors and persons with mobility challenges that live in the Cherryhill area - a Naturally Occurring Retirement Community)

Transportation

A Guide to Seniors Housing (Social & Affordable Housing Directory)

Housing

Considering Housing Models for London’s Aging Population (Resource)

Housing

Options for Home Adaptation (Presentation & Educational Materials)

Housing

Inventory of Assistive Devices for Programming

Social Participation

The Age-Friendly London Conference (Annual event in June)

Social Participation

Neighbourhood Recreation (Project, 2017-2018 Connecting seniors in social & affordable housing to neighbourhood-based recreation programming)

Social Participation

Guide to Recreation & Leisure Resources for Older Adults (Resource, 2018)

Social Participation

Anti-Ageism workshop (Presentation & Educational Materials for high school age students on what ageism is and how to combat it)

Respect and Social Inclusion 

Age-Friendly Business Guide & Checklist (Developed guide & checklist for local businesses)

Respect and Social Inclusion 

Age-Friendly Category added to Mayor’s Honour List (2018)

Respect and Social Inclusion

Civic Participation and Employment

Inventory of Intergenerational Programs (Produced inventory and best practices of intergenerational programming)

Respect and Social Inclusion

Adopt-a-Grandparent Day (Event to provide older adults from local retirement home, who may not have grandchildren nearby, an opportunity to interact with children between the ages of 2.5-5 year. During the hour and a half event, the older adults and children performed and sang songs that they had prepared for each other and participated in various activities together, including a Play Doh and colouring station and a fun craft that one of the older adults had created and brought with her. Together, they also decorated and ate cookies, read stories, and the older adults performed a puppet show. Plans to become a regular event)

Respect and Social Inclusion

Employment Tip Sheets (Three tip sheets: 1. Tips for service providers 2. Tips for job seekers 3. Tips for Employers)

Civic Participation and Employment

Older Adult Volunteer Fair (2018)

Civic Participation and Employment

“Experience Works” workshops to support older job seekers (fall 2018/winter 2019)

Civic Participation and Employment

Seniors Resources website: http://seniors.informationlondon.ca

Communication and Information

Age-Friendly Marketing 

Communication and Information

Inventory of multi-lingual health services & community supports (2017)

 Community Support and Health Services

Community Connector Bags (Distributed to isolated or at risk seniors)

Community Support and Health Services 
Vulnerable Patient Program (Community Partner with London Middlesex EMS)Community Support and Health Services 
Caregiver Exchange Family Caregiving Forum - PartnerCommunity Support and Health Services 
Paramedicine Program (The community paramedicine pilot program sends specially trained Lambton County paramedics into the homes of chronic users of emergency medical services. It also provides outreach services for other county residents struggling to access a family doctor.)Community Support and Health Services 

Community Documents

 

This profile was updated July 2018.