Pitt Meadows Named "Age Friendly" Community

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June 09, 2016  #2016-13

 PITT MEADOWS NAMED ‘AGE FRIENDLY’ COMMUNITY

PITT MEADOWS, BC – Pitt Meadows has been recognized under the Age-friendly BC program, and will be receiving a letter of congratulations and $1,000 to create a legacy project or celebration. The Age-friendly BC Recognition program is a partnership between the BC Healthy Communities Society and the Ministry of Health to encourage seniors to stay active and engaged in their communities.

The Age-friendly BC Recognition program acknowledges local governments that have taken four steps to become age-friendly, including establishing an age-friendly advisory or steering committee; passing a local council or district board resolution to support age-friendly activities; conducting an age-friendly assessment; and, developing and publishing an age-friendly action plan.

“Council strives to create a complete community, one that supports livability for all ages, including our seniors,” said Mayor John Becker.

“With a large part of our population heading into their senior years, municipalities need to look at providing opportunities for these residents to connect and engage in the community, given the special requirements they might have. Pitt Meadows as a smaller community is perfectly poised to do that, and we’re pleased to be recognized as part of the Age-friendly BC program.”

Pitt Meadows will tap into seniors’ knowledge by partnering local elementary schools with seniors’ centres to create reading buddies programs and an intergenerational community garden. The community will also reach out to administration of local housing complexes and rental units to discuss the importance of developing a pet-friendly policy, allowing seniors to age in place with their pets.

“We know how important it is for seniors to stay at home and making sure they are as comfortable as possible is important, and for some that includes having a cat or a dog for company,” said Doug Bing, MLA for Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows. “Plans to make seniors residences more pet-friendly will bring smiles to the faces of many seniors.”

Harrison Hot Springs and Maple Ridge are also being honoured, bringing to the total number of B.C. municipalities that have received Age-friendly BC Recognition since 2012 to 39.

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For more information please contact:
Mayor John Becker, Pitt Meadows
jbecker@pittmeadows.bc.ca
604-465-5454