As part of Brampton’s ongoing work to develop an age-friendly strategy, residents are invited to join the conversation on how to make the city a better place to live at all stages of life.
The city, with support from Sheridan College, is holding its first Age-Friendly Forum on Jan. 19 from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event will take place at the Flower City Seniors Centre (8870 McLaughlin Road South).
This free event is open to residents of all ages. Highlights include a keynote speech by Gil Penalosa, founder of internationally recognized non-profit organization 8 80 Cities. The organization was created based on a simple but powerful philosophy: if you create a great city for an eight-year-old and an 80-year-old, you will create a successful city for all people. Also featured are presentations, activities, information booths, door prizes, giveaways, morning coffee and a light lunch.
The city’s age-friendly strategy will help ensure residents have the services and support they need to stay healthy and enjoy a high quality of life at every age. The focus is on key areas used by the World Health Organization to define age-friendly communities, including public transportation, housing, public buildings and outdoor spaces, employment, social inclusion and community services.
“Brampton is one of Canada’s youngest cities, but we also have a rapidly growing population of people over the age of 50,” said Brampton Mayor Patrick Brown. “When we’re talking about how to make Brampton an even better place to live, it’s important for people of all ages to be part of the conversation.”
Space at the forum is limited and registration is required. To register, visit brampton.ca/agefriendly or call 905.874.2054.