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Last call to help shape Sarnia’s age-friendly plan

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Troy Shantz

How does Sarnia’s transportation system stack up? What about outdoor spaces? Where do we rate for housing?

These are a few of the things Sarnians, especially those 55-plus, where asked about in a recent “age-friendly” survey.

“When you think about surveys that go out to communities usually you think about (getting) 10% back but we went over that,” said Dale Mosely, Sarnia’s accessibility co-ordinator.

“They embraced it and they realized that maybe there needs to be changes in this community. Maybe there are some good recommendations.”

Though Sarnia is doing some things well there are other areas that might be improved, Mosely said.

“So what are this things?”

Through surveys and focus groups, the provincially funded project gathered local opinion and compares Sarnia to the World Health Organization’s eight essential for an age-friendly community, things like housing, transportation, community supports and health services.

Thee findings will be presented at a public forum on Nov. 24 along with recommended priorities to support Sarnia’s aging demographic.

“Whoever attends is going to have a role to play in developing the final version of our action plan,” said Mosely, adding it’s the last opportunity for public feedback before an Action Plan is presented to city council in the new year.

The city conducted the survey with help from Lambton College faculty and students in the applied research department.

“It keeps it in this community and the students get to learn from this experience,” Mosely said.

IF YOU GO:

WHAT: Age-Friendly Summit

WHEN: Nov. 24, 2016, 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

WHERE: Lambton College Event Centre, 1485 London Rd. Sarnia

COST: Free

 

 

 

 

 

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