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How Age-Friendly is Ottawa? An Evaluation Framework to Measure the Age-Friendliness of Ottawa


How Age-Friendly is Ottawa? An Evaluation Framework to Measure the Age-Friendliness of Ottawa

Status: Completed

Ottawa Canada
Print this page City population: 90000017% over 60Practice started in 2016

Summary

Age-friendly Ottawa conducted an assessment to measure Ottawa’s age-friendliness. The assessment involved the creation of a local framework for action. Based on the assessment, we know more about the physical environments – outdoor spaces and buildings, transportation, and housing – than the social environments. In fact, three of the social age-friendly areas, social participation, civic participation and volunteering, and communication and information, have no data available.We found that many seniors in Ottawa were active, happy, and healthy. • 91% felt they could access health care (excluding home care) when they needed it• 89% were satisfied with life• 79% found it easier to walk in their neighbourhood for leisure than running errands• 70% had very good or excellent mental health• 68% had a very strong or strong sense of belonging to Ottawa• 47% walked 1 to 5 hours/week; another 22% walked six or more hours/week in their communityWe also found that some seniors were not doing as well in a few key areas. • 50% felt they had very good or excellent general health; lower than all Ottawans (62%)• 31% walked less than 1 hour each week in their neighbourhoods • Some found their neighbourhoods not as easy to get around for errands (40%) and exercise (21%)• Only 23% used public transit to get around• 21% fell in the past year; of those, 54% were injured enough to make it hard to do things• 11% of people hurt in car crashes were seniors on foot• Many low-income seniors live in neighbourhoods with less affordable housing• Some seniors experience elder abuseAnother report is planned for release in three to five years to see what has changed.

Website: http://coaottawa.ca/wp-content/uploads/documents/Age-Friendly-Ottawa-Evaluation-Framework-PUBLIC-FINAL-2017-03.pdf

Key facts

Main target group: Older people in general

Sector(s): Information and communication

Other issues the Age-friendly practice aims to address:
  • Inequities

Contact details

Name: Schroeder, Bonnie

Email address: afo@coaottawa.ca

Preferred language(s): english

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

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