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City of Surrey adopts Age-Friendly Strategy for Seniors

Seniors on a bench

May 27, 2014

Surrey, BC – The City of Surrey adopted the Age-Friendly Strategy for Seniors at last night’s Council Meeting. The strategy identifies a framework for an age-friendly city, including a vision, four defined outcome streams, and recommendations for action. The vision of the Age-Friendly Strategy for Seniors is to create a city where people can enjoy being actively engaged for life.

The document focuses on four key outcomes including safety, health and wellness, transportation and mobility, housing, buildings and outdoor spaces.

Strategies to achieve these outcomes include:

• Programs and services: A continuum of programs and services from prevention to intervention made available for all seniors, including at-risk and vulnerable seniors.

• Engagement with seniors: Engaging seniors in a respectful way to play a role in achieving age-friendly outcomes.

• Collaboration with partners: Collaboration with partners to offer programs and services that benefit seniors.

• Communication and promotion: Multi-lingual and multi-modal communication and promotion to seniors to raise awareness of issues and provide information about services and programs.

“Seniors represent a very important and valued part of Surrey’s community,” says Surrey Mayor Dianne Watts. “They bring a wealth of skills, knowledge and experience that enriches the lives of all our residents. It is vitally important that they are continually empowered to be actively engaged in our community for life.”

“The City’s Age-Friendly Strategy for Seniors provides an excellent framework for working together to ensure Surrey’s community of seniors are supported,” adds Councillor Barbara Steele,
Chair of the Seniors Advisory and Accessibility Committee. “This strategy is another example of successful collaboration and effective consultation amongst community stakeholders in efforts to create an effective approach to age-friendly planning in Surrey.”

For more information about the strategy visit: http://www.surrey.ca/strategies

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For strategy information:
Laurie Cavan
General Manager,
Parks Recreation & Culture
City of Surrey
604.598.5760

For interview requests:
Oliver Lum
Communications Manager, Office of the Mayor
City of Surrey
604.591.4519