Age-Friendly University Hub

The AFU network consists of institutions of higher education around the globe who have committed themselves to becoming more age-friendly in their programs and policies

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UCalgary joins Age-Friendly University global network

Network provides framework for actively engaging older adults at the community and university level

Feb. 22, 2019

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The 10 Age-Friendly University principles

The Age-Friendly University (AFU) network consists of institutions of higher education around the globe who have endorsed the 10 AFU principles and committed themselves to becoming more age-friendly in their programs and policies.


10 principles

1. to encourage the participation of older adults in all the core activities of the university, including educational and research programs

2. to promote personal and career development in the second half of life and to support those who wish to pursue second careers

3. to recognize the range of educational needs of older adults (from those who were early school-leavers through to those who wish to pursue Master's or PhD qualifications)

4. to promote intergenerational learning to facilitate the reciprocal sharing of expertise between learners of all ages

5. to widen access to online educational opportunities for older adults to ensure a diversity of routes to participation

10 principles

6. to ensure that the university's research agenda is informed by the needs of an aging society and to promote public discourse on how higher education can better respond to the varied interests and needs of older adults

7. to increase the understanding of students of the longevity dividend and the increasing complexity and richness that aging brings to our society

8. to enhance access for older adults to the university's range of health and wellness programs and its arts and cultural activities

9. to engage actively with the university's own retired community

10. to ensure regular dialogue with organizations representing the interests of the aging population

Arizona State University (USA)
Athlone Institute of Technology (Ireland)
California State University, Long Beach (USA)
Central Connecticut State University (USA) — View Press Release
Concordia University Chicago (USA)
Daejon Seniors Centre (South Korea)
Dublin City University (Ireland)
Eastern Michigan University (USA)
Fielding Graduate University (USA)
Florida State University (USA) — View Press Release
Lasell College (USA) — View Press Release
Leeds Beckett University (England)
Maastricht University (The Netherlands)
Massachusetts Gerontology Association (USA) 
McMaster University (Canada)
National College of Ireland (Ireland)
National University of Ireland Galway (Ireland)
Northeastern Illinois University (USA)
Portland State University (USA)
Purdue University (USA)
Royal College of Physicians (Ireland)
Ryerson University (Canada) — View Press Release
Stockton University (USA)
Strathclyde University Glasgow (Scotland)
Trent University (Canada)
Trinity College Dublin (Ireland)
Ulster University (Ireland)
University of Akron (USA)
University of Bratislava (Slovak Republic)
University of California Los Angeles (USA)
University College Dublin (Ireland)
University of Hartford (USA) — View Press Release
University of Manitoba (Canada)
University of Massachusetts, Boston (USA)
University of Montana (USA)
University of New England (USA)
University of Pai Chai (South Korea)
University of Rhode Island (USA)
University of Sherbrooke (Canada)
University of Southern California (USA)
University of Wisconsin-Lacrosse (USA)
Washington University at St. Louis (USA)
West Valley College (USA)
William James College (USA)

The Brenda Strafford Centre on Aging are currently involved in several active research collaborations, including:

Assessing the impact of municipal age-friendly policy implementation in Calgary, Alberta: A secondary analysis of Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging (CLSA) data
Partners: City of Calgary's Age-Friendly Calgary work group; Brenda Strafford Centre on Aging
Funding: Alberta Health Services - Seniors Health Strategic Clinical Network (SCN) Summer Studentship/Brenda Strafford Centre on Aging

A tale of eight cities, age-friendliness, and the Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging (CLSA)
Partners: University of Ottawa, McMaster University, Mount St Vincent University, Universite de Montreal, Universite de Sherbrooke, University of Manitoba, University of Victoria, and the Public Health Agency of Canada
Funding: CIHR - CLSA Catalyst Grant, held by Dr. Elizabeth Kristjansson (PI, UOttawa)

Social support for social participation and physical literacy for older adults
Principle investigator: Dr. Meghan McDonough (Kinesiology); Co-investigators: Dr. Jennifer Hewson (Social Work); Dr. Peter R.E. Crocker (UBC); Collaborators: City of Calgary; Brenda Strafford Centre on Aging
Funding: SSHRC Insight Grant

Aging-in-place with pets: What influences might companion animals have on older persons’ health- and healthcare-seeking behaviours, and under what circumstances? An interdisciplinary scoping review.
Partners: Clinical Veterinary & Diagnostic Services, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine; Department of Family Medicine, Cumming School of Medicine; O'Brien Institute for Public Health; Brenda Strafford Centre on Aging
Funding: Faculty of Veterinary Medicine Student Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE) Award/Brenda Strafford Centre on Aging (in-kind)

People, pets and One Health promotion in Northeast Calgary: Enhancing benefits, redressing nuisances and reducing threats through participatory action research and the makeCalgary platform
Principle Investigator: Melanie Rock (Community Health Sciences/O'Brien Institute for Public Health); Co-Investigator: Cindy Adams (Clinical Veterinary & Diagnostic Services - Faculty of Veterinary Medicine)
Funding: MakeCalgary/O'Brien Institute for Public Health Catalyst Funds

Age-Friendly University (AFU) engagement sessions
The Brenda Strafford Centre on Aging conducted a series of campuses-wide engagement sessions where the recent AFU designation and its principles were discussed, with the aim of helping the Centre identify gaps in the current UCalgary landscape, and for input into strategic priorities. BSCoA will take the lead in formulating measures with which to address these gaps