(Image by Julia Mirvis from Pixabay)

Summerland to ask residents about aging

Survey will be used to identify community priorities

The District of Summerland is developing an age-friendly plan and is asking to hear from people of all ages about what makes Summerland a great place to age and what can be done to work on community priorities.

The survey will be available for two weeks, from Oct. 1 to Oct. 15, and is open to everyone in the community.

The questions are based on the Age-Friendly Community framework from the World Health Organization with topics like housing, transportation, outdoor spaces, community services and social inclusion.

It can be accessed online at summerland.ca. Paper copies are available at the District of Summerland office.

READ ALSO: 10 Interior communities receive age-friendly grants

READ ALSO: Short film examines aging

“It is exciting to be moving forward with the development of an age-friendly plan for Summerland,” said Mayor Toni Boot. “The plan will provide a framework for how the District can become a community that is recognized as being age-friendly.”

She said the results will mean an improved quality of life for seniors as well as benefits for the entire community. These include a more inclusive, safe and accessible community.

“As a council, we are committed to collaborative action that strengthens and supports healthy living for all of our residents,” she said.

The project started in May and the first community advisory committee meeting was held in June.

“I am really pleased to be part of the advisory committee for this project,” said Dusty Tucker, who moved to Summerland almost four years ago to be closer to family. “The community is so welcoming and has everything I need.”

This survey is intended to help Summerlanders understand what the community needs and wants in order to support health aging.

“Once we know what everyone thinks, we can work together to implement projects that meet community priorities,” Tucker said. “There is so much knowledge here, and we can learn from what other communities have done. There are lots of examples of great programs from around the world that would work here.”

Angelique Wood, community development coordinator for Summerland, said the initiative will help the community.

“Everyone benefits from physically and socially accessible communities,” she said. “The easier it is to get around and connect with others, the stronger and more inclusive our community becomes.”

The project report and plan are due to be completed in December.

To report a typo, email:
news@summerlandreview.com
.



news@summerlandreview.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Fatality after early morning crash on Highway 1 near Revelstoke

The incident was between a semi truck and passenger vehicle

Roots and Blues online festival to kick off Friday

Watch the festival on Black Press Media website platforms, for free

City purchases new snowblower for $44,000 under budget

Revelstoke replacing 2009 loader attachment with a new one

Revelstoke prepares for first public hearing since pandemic

Controversial Hay Rd. development public hearing scheduled for Sept. 17

Video: SUV burns alongside the highway near Salmon Arm

Footage of the burning vehicle was posted to Youtube.

B.C. announces multi-year plan to double treatment beds for youth with addiction

This will bring the total number of new beds specific to those 12 to 24 years old to 247 province-wide

Missing toddler wandered for three hours in Beaverdell area before being found

The two-year-old boy was found safe by his uncle on Beaver Creek Road on Aug. 12

Tourism Kelowna’s survey asks if residents are ready for tourists

Tourism Kelowna’s survey asks Central Okanagan residents if they’re comfortable reopening tourism

B.C. man who nearly died from COVID-19 reflects on one-month battle

Robert Billyard was in an induced coma to ensure his body would not fight the ventilator to breathe

Documentary on Kelowna brothers’ Central American surf resort business hits Amazon

Lucas and Travis Boychuk moved to Nicaragua in 2008, starting their surf resort business

Potential child predator spotted in Penticton property

The man was reportedly seen at the Columbus Park Property attempting to lure children with candy

Cannabis cultivation, extraction facilities planned for Salmon Arm

Goal to provide premium, safe, legal products to Canada and the world

Shopping carts and garbage discovered in morning fire in Kelowna

The blaze broke out on private property on Springfield Road about 5 a.m.

Most Read