This chapter provides a background on how community-level factors can be the difference between enabling and disabling older adults, which sheds light on the debates and discussions needed to help Canadians age better. It gives an overview and critique of the World Health Organization's (WHO) Age-Friendly City (AFC) model. It also fills the disciplinary and geographic gap in the aging literature by focusing on the local and generates a wider, more inclusive, discussion on aging in Canadian communities. The chapter embraces debates from a range of disciplines, public and private actors, and individual community members and highlights the diversity of challenges, opportunities, and policies influencing and being influenced by Canada's aging population. It addresses the questions on how well Canada's homes support the health and wellbeing of older adults and what can be done to make it better.
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