Rural Roundup — May 4, 2023
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The Municipality of Russell-Binscarth is among more than 90 jurisdictions that are part of the Manitoba Age-Friendly initiative.
Age-friendly communities work toward supporting healthy, active lifestyles and value community facilities, programs and services that make it easier for people of all ages and abilities to participate in social, recreational and business activities.
The World Health Organization started the Age-Friendly Communities movement in 2008, and it has been adopted by communities around the world. The United Nations Decade of Healthy Aging, 2021 to 2030, is a global collaboration aimed at improving the lives of older people, their families and residents of the communities they live in.
Russell joined the Age-Friendly Manitoba Initiative in 2011 and held a community consultation meeting the following year. The report indicated several areas in which the community is age-friendly but many that could be improved.
Russell-Binscarth renewed its commitment to becoming more age-friendly through a municipal resolution in 2021, and has been involved in a study by a group of master’s students from the faculty of architecture at the University of Manitoba.
An age-friendly leadership group hosted a public meeting in the community on April 25 to take a look at different local organizations’ policies and practices through an age-friendly lens. The meeting was facilitated by members of the Manitoba Association of Senior Communities’ resource team.
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