Adding life to years
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Summary

The Québec Government’s Approach
• Canada’s first government policy on ageing (2012): Aging and Living Together, At Home, In One’s Community, In Québec
• First Action Plan 2012-2017
• Approach based on the concept of active ageing (WHO)
o Social participation
o Health
o Safety

Population Ageing in Québec
• Québec: One of the societies in the world where population ageing is the most marked
• Ranked 10th in the world (Canada, 12th rank)
• Life expectancy at birth (2017)
o Women: 84.5 years
o Men: 80.6 years
• 55%of people aged 65 and over are women

The Québec Government’s Approach

Canada’s first government policy on ageing (2012): Aging and Living Together, At Home, In One’s Community, In Québec
• First Action Plan 2012-2017
• Approach based on the concept of active ageing (WHO)
o Social participation
o Health
o Safety

Aims of Québec’s Policy

• Adapt Québec to a rapidly ageing population while ensuring fairness between generations.
• Improve the living conditions of seniors, in particular those who are most vulnerable.
• Allow those seniors who so wish to remain in their homes for as long as possible and make sure their safety is not compromised.

2018-2023 Action Plan: A Québec for All Ages: Five Priorities

1. Support formunicipalities
2. Support for local and
regional organizations
3. Support for caregivers of
older adults
4. Home support
5. Reflection and joint action

The Age-Friendly Municipalities (AFM) Support Program

• Measure from Québec’s action plans for active ageing, based on aWHO approach
• Affiliated with the WHO’s Global Network for Age-friendly Cities and Communities
• Financial assistance for municipalities:
o To plan actions that will address the needs of seniors, so they can remain in their communities for as long aspossible
o To introduce the best possible conditions for active ageing in municipalities and regional county municipalities)

The Success of the AFM Support Program

10th anniversary of the Program in 2018
• 967 municipalities are already or are in the process of becoming AFM
• 92 % of Québec’s citizens live in municipalities that are already or are in the process of becoming AFM
• Creation of a Discussion Network for AFM cities
• Nomination of the Centre de recherche sur le vieillissemen (CDRV)t and its AFM team as an official WHO
collaborator
• Creation of the provincial AFM monitoring committee (CAMF-SA-CDRV-CTRCAQ)

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Key facts

Main target group: Older people in general

Sector(s): Health

Desired outcome for older people:
Learn, grow and make decisions

Other issues the Age-friendly practice aims to address:
  • Ageism
  • Accessibility
  • Ageing in place
  • Healthy behaviours (e.g. physical activity)
  • Intergenerational activities
  • Inclusion
  • Participation

Contact details

Name: Jean-Philippe Lessard-Beaupre

Email address: jean-philippe.lessard-beaupre@msss.gouv.qc.ca


Age-friendly practice in detail (click to expand):

Engaging the wider community

Project lead: Local authorities

Others involved in the project:
  • Civil Society Organisation
  • Older People’s Association
  • Social or health care provider

Older people’s involvement: Older people were involved in the age-friendly practice at multiple or all stages

Moving forward

Has the impact of this age-friendly practice been analysed: Yes

Was the impact positive or negative:
Positive

Looking back

Challenges:
Adapt Québec to a rapidly ageing population while ensuring fairness between generations. • Improve the living conditions of seniors, in particular those who are most vulnerable. • Allow those seniors who so wish to remain in their homes for as long as possible and make sure their safety is not compromised.