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Vol. 7 No. 1 (2016)

L’importance de planifier en vue du vieillissement de la population : Notre ville est-elle amie des aînés?

October 7, 2016


This article has two objectives: to determine to what extent seniors feel that their community meets the needs of an aging population, and to provide a critical reflection on the benefits and challenges of conducting research with a community partner comprised mainly of seniors. Two hundred and eighty-nine seniors who live in the city of Moncton, New Brunswick (Canada) completed and returned a questionnaire as part of this mixed methodology research project. The resulting data was subjected to a statistical analysis, a content analysis, as well as a qualitative identification by theme. Survey results indicate that the presence of ice and snow on sidewalks is the most serious obstacle to the creation of an age friendly community, followed by telephone access to municipal and governmental offices. The main finding of the study is that seniors need to be able to leave their homes to participate fully in community life.