Thinking about your community

     

The type of community you live in can also impact your ability to live independently.

Age-friendly communities encourage seniors and other residents to stay active and engaged, and make it easy to do so with features such as well-maintained sidewalks and benches, accessible buildings, and good public transportation.

Age-friendly communities also provide seniors with access to essential supports and services such as shopping, health care providers and recreational activities.

  • How age-friendly is my community?
  • What supports and services does my community offer to meet my needs and help me maintain my independence as I age?
  • Do I need to consider moving to a community with more services?
  • Am I close to the supports and services that I need now and may need in the future?
  • What assistance may I be eligible for from governments or helping agencies?

Getting around

Being able to get to appointments, shopping and recreational activities is an important part of being as independent as possible. For many people, this involves driving.

Planning for independence includes thinking about what to do when you are ready to, or must, retire from driving.

Many people outlive the ability to drive safely due to medical conditions that are more common as you age. It is important to consider how you will get around if you are no longer able to drive. It is also important to start thinking about other transportation options available in your community such as public transit, taxis, low-cost transportation services or family and friends.

  • As I age, can I get to the services that I need and the activities that I enjoy?
  • Am I aware of my medical conditions that could impact my ability to drive?
  • Am I aware of the signs that suggest I may need to consider retiring from driving? Do I know where to go to test my driving ability?
  • If I am no longer able to drive, do I have access to reliable and affordable alternatives in my community?

Will the cost of alternative transportation be more or less than owning my own vehicle?

The type of community you live in can also impact your ability to live independently.

Age-friendly communities encourage seniors and other residents to stay active and engaged, and make it easy to do so with features such as well-maintained sidewalks and benches, accessible buildings, and good public transportation.

Age-friendly communities also provide seniors with access to essential supports and services such as shopping, health care providers and recreational activities.

  • How age-friendly is my community?
  • What supports and services does my community offer to meet my needs and help me maintain my independence as I age?
  • Do I need to consider moving to a community with more services?
  • Am I close to the supports and services that I need now and may need in the future?
  • What assistance may I be eligible for from governments or helping agencies?

Getting around

Being able to get to appointments, shopping and recreational activities is an important part of being as independent as possible. For many people, this involves driving.

Planning for independence includes thinking about what to do when you are ready to, or must, retire from driving.

Many people outlive the ability to drive safely due to medical conditions that are more common as you age. It is important to consider how you will get around if you are no longer able to drive. It is also important to start thinking about other transportation options available in your community such as public transit, taxis, low-cost transportation services or family and friends.

  • As I age, can I get to the services that I need and the activities that I enjoy?
  • Am I aware of my medical conditions that could impact my ability to drive?
  • Am I aware of the signs that suggest I may need to consider retiring from driving? Do I know where to go to test my driving ability?
  • If I am no longer able to drive, do I have access to reliable and affordable alternatives in my community?
  • Will the cost of alternative transportation be more or less than owning my own vehicle?

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Thinking about supports

 

 

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The McClemont Team

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CENTURY 21 First Canadian Corp., Brokerage*
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