The Town of Clarenville started on its age-friendly journey back in 2007 when it was selected as one of the 10 Age-Friendly pilot projects in Canada.
Since that time, Clarenville has become a model age-friendly community.
Hence, members of the Random Age-Friendly Communities Board are periodically invited to share their knowledge and assist other communities that want to become age-friendly.
The most recent invitation came from the Town of Summerford, a community in Notre Dame Bay on a big mission in its desire to become an age-friendly community.
The Age-Friendly Summerford Committee came together on Feb. 27 to learn more about Clarenville’s age-friendly model from Larry Reid, Chair of Random Age-Friendly Communities Board.
Reid provided the Summerford committee with the history of the board.
He shared with them the on-going age-friendly activities of Clarenville’s Random Age-Friendly Communities Board--the Health & Wellness Guide; Computers for Seniors; Information Sessions; the Annual Age-Friendly Seniors’ Information Fair; CREST, Transportation for Seniors; GATHER, Seniors’ Drop-In Centre; the Age-Friendly Park; the randomagefriendly.com website and the bi-weekly Packet articles.
Reid stressed the importance of partnerships with service groups and businesses in the community and how these partnerships have helped to make the Clarenville region more age-friendly.
Reid said he feels that the Summerford Age-Friendly Committee is on the right road to help Summerford become another strong age-friendly community. Their Age-Friendly Survey Results contains valuable information and is a great place to start.
He encouraged them to develop a plan and put it into action. He advised them as well to engage all stakeholders including the business community and the younger generation and especially the seniors and their families.