Richmond County seeking to roll out age-friendly plan
Project is partnership between municipality and Nova Scotia Department of Seniors
Richmond County is looking to hire a consultant to implement an age friendly communities plan that will target all demographics in the municipality.
The county is looking for a consultant to help in developing the plan, which is to respond to current and future trends in the community and look at issues related to demographics, housing, transportation, health care and other needs.
“Being an age-friendly community is something that came up when we were doing our strategic planning consultations with the communities,” Warden Jason MacLean said in an interview. “We certainly do have a large population over the age of 55, but the age-friendly portion of that isn’t just dealing with that age category. It’s really trying to come up with ideas and strategies to incorporate throughout the entire county that will deal with everybody from toddlers all the way up to seniors.
The project is a partnership between the municipality and the Nova Scotia Department of Seniors. While it will involve looking at all ages, the tender document does note that almost 77 per cent of the county’s population is more than 55 years old. MacLean said he believes that places it behind Guysborough in terms of the oldest municipalities in the province.
By looking at what is needed to better serve various age groups, MacLean said it’s hoped it will help attract and retain residents.
“One thing that came out loud and clear is that we need something either to bring back the young folks who have left or try to do something to retain them,” he said.
MacLean said the county has been working on a draft plan and councillors could get a glimpse at it this week. If it’s to council’s liking, they could vote to accept it at their meeting later this month.
The request for proposals closes Saturday.