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What makes the University of Manitoba an age-friendly campus?

In 2016, the University of Manitoba became Canada’s first Age-friendly University.

April 9, 2019 — 

In 2016, the University of Manitoba became Canada’s first Age-friendly University. At that time, it joined a global network of Age-friendly Universities, established by Dublin City University in Ireland. Globally the network now extends to more than 50 universities.

The 10 principles of an Age-friendly University, as identified by Dublin City University speak to: lifelong learning, access to cultural/recreation and wellness programs, inter-generational learning, increasing understanding of the longevity dividend, a research agenda that incorporates aging, engaging with the University’s retired community, and regular dialogue with organizations in the community representing the interests of an aging population.

Since the University of Manitoba endorsed the 10 Age-friendly University principles, a diverse working group from across campus has been identifying and looking to build upon existing age-friendly services and programs at our University. The Centre on Aging has been leading this initiative, under the direction of Dr. Michelle Porter.

How do I find out more about an Age-Friendly University?

On May 7, the Centre on Aging will be hosting their Symposium Workshop from 9 am–12 pm in 203 University College in the Great Hall, 220 Dysart Road, Fort Garry Campus. The Workshop is free to attend and is open to both the UM community and general public.

The Centre’s workshop will put the spotlight on the University of Manitoba as an Age-Friendly University. In addition, a showcase will provide information on existing programs and services at the University, followed by round table discussions to hear about how the University can be more age-friendly. Finally, tours will be available in the afternoon to show some age-friendly campus venues/programs.

To register for the free Workshop, visit: or contact the Centre on Aging for more information: coaman [at] umanitoba [dot] ca or 204-474-8754.

Research at the University of Manitoba is partially supported by funding from the Government of Canada Research Support Fund.

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