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Mobility study changes the conversation

Ageism can be combated through inclusive planning and design which reflects the circumstances of persons of all ages to the greatest extent possible.

District of Clearwater promotes the concept of Clearwater being an “age-friendly” town.

University of Northern British Columbia’s recent mobility study included many seniors. Being included gave seniors the confidence to make their needs known. The results of the study improved the lives of all mobility-challenged people living in the community by revealing ways businesses, busses and road ways could be improved to accommodate those needing easier access to buildings and special considerations for those using medical devices.

The conversations have changed from, “I don’t go to that store because the aisles are too cluttered for me to get my wheel chair down,” to “I really enjoy shopping in that store because there is an automatic door and the products are easy to reach.”

Because of this study, attitudes have changed about using medical devices. Conversations have changed from, “I don’t take my cane because I don’t want to look old,” to, “I feel so much more confident in my walking because I am using my cane.”

When elders are included in the planning conversations about their needs and care, they are empowered to live their lives in a more positive and informed way.

– With the aid of a New Horizons for Seniors’ grant, Wells Gray Country Seniors Society brings awareness to seniors issues with a series of articles supporting WGCSS program called Seniors Taking Charge: Elder Abuse Prevention.

 

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