Welcome to Random Age-Friendly
People are indeed living longer which can be attributed largely to a combination of factors, such as improvements in public health, better nutrition, the availability of medications and a reduction in smoking, including secondhand smoke. Studies have also indicated that people are more informed on how to further prolong their lives through things like becoming more physically and socially active as well as healthier eating.
Statistics Canada records the number of people age 100 and over in Canada has increased by 50% in a ten-year period between 1996 and 2006 and is set to triple by the year 2031.
The population in Newfoundland and Labrador is aging faster than the rest of Canada with the highest median age of 44.6 years. It is estimated that currently in Newfoundland and Labrador there are over 220,000 residents 50 years of age and older–about 42% of our population; and, as of July 2015, 97,269 of us (18.4% of the population) are 65 and older. This is caused by declining birth rates, people living longer and migration patterns–people moving back to their home province after retirement.
The “Age Wave” is happening throughout all of Canada with the fastest growth rates being in the 50 to 65 and the 85 to 100 age groups. The number of people 65 and over will surpass children 14 and younger for the first time in Canadian history between 2015 and 2021 according to government estimates. The aging demographics are expected to continue well into the future.
Growing older is sometimes looked at in a negative way with little thought given to the many positive things that life experience brings and the opportunities it presents. A long life is a goal we all cherish – something to celebrate – and we must be prepared for what this stage of life will bring.
The Road to Age-Friendly Communities
Random Age-Friendly Communities was established as an organization in June 2007. This organization implemented an initiative which has completed a vision of aging and recognition of the well-being of all people as they age.
An Age-Friendly Community provides opportunities for seniors related to physical, mental, social interaction, a safe environment, literacy/education and computer education.
The Municipality of Clarenville and Community Groups are involved in program planning and services which explore how seniors can fully participate in their community.
The Random Age-Friendly Community has been classified into three broad categories:
- Health, Wellness and Security – includes health, wellness, safety, security and income security.
- Continuous Learning, Work and Participation in Society – includes work and retirement, social participation and cultural diversity.
- Supporting and Caring in the Community – includes living arrangements, transportation, work & retirement and family/informal care giving.
As residents of our community, you are invited to become part of a community-based organization that focuses on making Clarenville and surrounding areas the most age-friendly community in our Province.