Young or old, the City of Penticton wants to know how to be more friendly to residents of all ages.
The city is looking for feedback from the community as part of an age-friendly initiative launching Oct. 13.
Penticton is currently working to become recognized by the province as an age-friendly community. Per the World Health Organization, a community must meet eight criteria to qualify as age-friendly.
Those criteria include: outdoor spaces and public buildings that are pleasant, clean, secure and physically accessible; public transportation is accessible and affordable; housing is affordable, appropriately located, well built, accessible and secure; opportunities exist for social participation in activities for people of all ages and cultures; older adults are treated with respect and are included in civic life; there are opportunities for employment and volunteering; age-friendly information and communication is available; community support and health services are tailored to an older adult’s needs.
As part of the initiative, the city is looking for photographs from students, adults and businesses that help tell a story of how Penticton can be friendlier for residents as they age.
“We want to invite all citizens, both young and old, to have some fun with this project as you explore your neighbourhood and tell us how our community can be even more friendly for all ages,” said social development specialist Adam Goodwin in a news release from the city.
Through the photographs, city staff want to see what is working for older residents, and what they can improve.
The city is also working with School District 67 and a special advisory group on separate projects that also involve taking photographs to help tell the story about what age-friendly means to them.
Residents can submit their photos at shapeyourcitypenticton.ca, before the Nov. 5 deadline.
More information about the initiative and updates about the program can be found on the shapeyourcitypenticton.ca page.
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