Province names Hampton as newest ‘age-friendly’ community

New Brunswick seniors looking for a suitable home needn’t look any further than Hampton, according to the provincial government.

Officials announced Tuesday the town, located northwest of Saint John, has been recognized as an “age-friendly community.”

“Seniors want to be able to remain in their homes and in their communities as long as possible and living in an age-friendly community supports this wish,” said Kathy Bockus, New Brunswick’s minister responsible for seniors, in a news release.

“New Brunswick seniors deserve to age with dignity and in comfort.”

Officials said being age-friendly means making improvements to infrastructure to increase accessibility for seniors.

That includes transportation, outdoor spaces and housing issues, and promoting social inclusion, intergenerational opportunities and active living.

The province said Hampton is the 13th community in New Brunswick to receive the award since 2017.

Hampton Mayor Robert Doucet said the recognition makes him feel thrilled.

“Hampton is a wonderful place to reside, for all ages,” he said.

“We are proud to offer an age-friendly community for New Brunswickers to live in or visit.”