2nd International Conference on Age-Friendly Cities: The CDRV at the Heart of the Action

The 2nd International Conference on Age-Friendly Cities (AFC) will be held in Quebec City from September 9 to 11, 2013, under the theme Living and Aging Together in Our Community. This vast World Health Organization (WHO) initiative, launched at the Research Centre on Aging and in Sherbrooke, is now implemented in hundreds of municipalities throughout Canada.

Researcher Suzanne Garon, of the Research Centre on Aging and the chair of the conference's international scientific committee, was beaming when she found out that Professor Alan Walker, the father of "active aging", will be presenting the opening address at the conference dedicated to Age-Friendly Cities. "Ministers from important nations have also confirmed their presence," said Garon, who along with fellow coworker, Researcher Maire Beaulieu, participated in the early stages of the Age-Friendly Cities initiative.

In 2006-2007, both researchers contributed to the WHO-steered pilot project by working with a few dozen cities to test the AFC concept. In 2008, Sherbrooke - along with Drummondville, Rimouski, Quebec City's borough of Charlesbourg, Rivière-du-Loup, Granby and the MRC of Témiscamingue - became one of the first pilot cities in Quebec to undertake the initiative proposed by the AFC. The Gouvernement du Québec was soon backing the initiative which was renamed Municipalités amies des ainées (MADA or age-friendly municipalities). Since 2009, the research team has implemented a knowledge transfer program (guide, training, conference, etc.) with the backing of the Secrétariat aux aînés du Québec and the Carrefour action municipale et famille.

Organized by Quebec's health care and social services ministry and co-sponsored by the WHO, the 2nd International Conference on Age-Friendly Cities (AFC) is promising to be an exceptional event, with dozens of scientific conferences and a Global Village which will serve both as an exhibition hall and a discussion venue in which new technologies will be prominent. The Global Village will serve as an informal gathering place where AFC tools and initiatives will be exhibited.

The content and activities of the 2nd Conference will focus on four themes:

  • Age-friendly cities as social innovation;
  • The roles of various stakeholders;
  • The interface between built and social environments;
  • An evaluation of AFC initiatives.

This major gathering is intended for any person who is concerned with the aging of populations, whether working for municipal administrations; the health, social, and community services sectors; urban planning and transportation; in research; or any branch of government. A simultaneous interpretation service is also available on site.

The CSSS-IUGS Research Centre on Aging will be represented at these conventions, both for scientific communications and for the Global Village.

For further information:

2nd International Conference on Age-Friendly Cities: http://www.afc2013.ca/en/

Municipalités amies des aînés / Québec: www.vadaquebec.ca

Contact and information: Laurent Fontaine, communication adviser, 819 780 2220, extension 45285

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