Age- and Dementia-Inclusive Built Environments

TBG in the News: Samantha Biglieri interviewed on CBC Radio on preparedness of municipalities in supporting an aging population

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Samantha Biglieri, Planner and leader of the Age- and Dementia-Inclusive Built Environment services at TBG was interviewed by five CBC Radio programmes on January 2-3 for a paper she co-authored with colleague Dr. Maxx Hartt (Cardiff University) on assessing the preparedness of Ontario municipalities in being able to support their aging populations. The research examined two things:

  1.  Population projections for all municipalities in Ontario with populations over 10,000;
  2. Examined whether or not a municipality had an 'Age-Friendly City' Plan. 

The research determined that small municipalities were most likely to have the greatest proportion of older adults 20 years into the future, and they were also the least likely to have started any Age-Friendly Planning. 

For more information or any questions you may have, please see this Press Release from the University of Waterloo, or contact Samantha directly at 


tbg Publications in the fall issue of plan canada

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TBG Planner Samantha Biglieri recently authored/coauthored two articles in the Fall 2017 issue of the Canadian Institute of Planners' Plan Canada Magazine. See the abstracts below for a preview:  

Biglieri, S. "Dementia + Planning: Expanding Accessibility through Design and the Planning Process"

Abstract: Contrary to popular belief, over two thirds of Canadians with dementia live in the community as opposed to congregate living. This begs a question that has not been adequately explored in planning practice or academia: How can we as planners who deal with land-use, community design, and public consultation every day, understand and meet the needs of people with dementia (PWD) who are citizens just like everyone else? After examining existing work on the relationship between the built environment and PWD, I argue a dementia-specific approach to planning practice and research is needed in the Canadian context. 

Hartt, M. & Biglieri, S. "Is Ontario Ready for the Silver Tsunami?"

Abstract: For the first time ever, Canadian seniors outnumber youth. In this article we examine the extend of current, and projected, aging in Ontario municipalities. We assess if, and to what extend, local governments have begun to plan for older adults. We find that senior dependency is expected to rise in every Ontario municipality. Small municipalities are particularly vulnerable as they are expected to experience the most severe aging and are least likely to have initiated community age-friendly planning.