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By the year 2016, our province's older adult population will more than double to 4.1 million. That's just the beginning. During the next 25 years, our population of people 65 and over in Canada will double to 10.4 million, making seniors roughly one quarter of the population in 2036.[i]

Ontarians are living longer, healthier lives than ever before. Older adults have the same needs as people of all ages. Accessibility to health care and social services, public transportation, housing, safety and strong social networks all become more central to our lives as we age.[ii]

Simcoe County is experiencing rapid aging above national and provincial averages. The proportion of adults aged 65 and over in Simcoe County is15.7% of the population compared to 14.6% in Ontario and 14.8% in Canada.[iii]   Over the last five years, the proportion of adults aged 65+ has grown 18.3% in the whole County. 

 

 

BackgroundBackground<p>Simcoe County covers a large area, approximately the size of Prince Edward Island, stretching north from Bradford to Georgian Bay, east to Lake Simcoe and west to Grey and Dufferin Counties. It is the largest county in the Province of Ontario based on population, and the second largest based on geographic size. </p><p>The County of Simcoe was established in 1843, and is divided in to 16 municipalities (3 designated francophone areas), 2 separated cities and 2 first nations:</p><table width="100%" class="ms-rteTable-default" cellspacing="0" style="height:387px;"><tbody><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-default"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default" style="width:50%;">Town of Bradford West Gwillimbury</td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default" style="width:50%;">Township of Essa*</td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableOddRow-default"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default">Town of Collingwood</td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default">Township of Oro-Medonte</td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-default"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default">Town of Innisfil</td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default">Township of Ramara</td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableOddRow-default"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default">Town of Midland</td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default">Township of Severn</td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-default"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default">Town of New Tecumseth</td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default">Township of Springwater</td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableOddRow-default"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default">Town of Penetanguishene*</td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default">Township of Tay</td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-default"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default" style="height:1px;">Town of Wasaga Beach</td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default" style="height:1px;">Township of Tiny*</td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableOddRow-default"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default">Township of Adjala-Tosorontio</td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default">City of Barrie</td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-default"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default">Township of Clearview</td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default">City of Orillia</td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableOddRow-default"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default">Mnjikaning First Nation</td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default">Christian Island - Beausoleil</td></tr></tbody></table><p> <span class="ms-rteFontSize-1"><font size="3">   * Designated Francophone area</font></span></p><p>​</p>
The Rapid Aging of Simcoe CountyThe Rapid Aging of Simcoe County<p>Simcoe County experienced substantial growth and development during the census period from 2006 to 2011, increasing from 422,204, to 446,063, a population change of 5.7%.<a href="/LongTermCare/Pages/Age-Friendly-Community%20Pathway.aspx#References"></a><sup><a href="/LongTermCare/Pages/AFC-References.aspx" target="_blank"><font color="#0066cc" size="2">[v]</font></a></sup>  </p><p><img src="/LongTermCare/PublishingImages/dpt/ltc/simcoe/5-Year%20Growth%20in%20Older%20Pop.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:575px;height:288px;" /><br> This County's AFC Seniors' Strategy Framework will not be developed in isolation but will align with all core business areas of the County including participation by the Accessibility Advisory Committee. The framework will cover rural and diverse communities where planning has not begun, as well as build on all of the good work already underway by organizations within our communities to target opportunities for senior service enhancements that fall within the eight (8) WHO dimensions: </p><ol style="list-style-type:decimal;"><li>Outdoor Spaces/Public Buildings</li><li>Transportation</li><li>Housing</li><li>Social Participation</li><li>Respect and Social Inclusion</li><li>Civic Participation and Employment</li><li>Communication and Information</li><li>Community Support and Health Services</li></ol><p>​In an age-friendly community, policies, services, settings and structures support and enable people to remain active as they age.<sup><a href="/LongTermCare/Pages/AFC-References.aspx" target="_blank"><font color="#0066cc" size="2">[vi]</font></a></sup> The County has the capacity and ability to set a regional seniors strategy framework in motion that would guide the lower municipalities, separated cities, first nations and rural communities that reside within its geographical area. This can be achieved by engaging and involving cross sections of its population in collaborating to work on adopting an approach to age friendliness in the County. </p><h2><span></span>Economic Benefits</h2><p>The demographic reality is that the younger generations no longer represent the biggest growth market.<sup><font color="#0066cc" size="2">[iv]</font></sup> Rather, baby boomers, who comprise the 'senior surge', will not only be numerically superior over the coming decades but will also control the bulk of wealth and spending.   ​</p>
How to Adopt an Approach to Age-FriendlinessHow to Adopt an Approach to Age-Friendliness<ul><li>Engagement of seniors: Listen to and involve older people. Seniors better understand the issues related to active and healthy aging;</li><li>Collective Impact: Engage the community in decision making. Public and private sectors in collaborating to improve the health and wellbeing of older adults in our area;</li><li>Promote the inclusion and contributions of older adults in all aspects of community life;</li><li>Assess the age-friendliness of our community (8 dimensions)</li><li>Recognize the wide range of capacities and resources among older people </li><li>Plan collaboratively and around age-friendly outcomes</li><li>Anticipate and respond flexibly to aging-related needs and preferences</li><li>Respect the decisions and lifestyle choices</li><li>Protect and support older adults who are the most vulnerable</li></ul><p>​</p>
Scope of ActionScope of Action<p>The "Getting Started" phase of the program typically takes one to two years. This pathway is a proposal for action by The County of Simcoe who is committed to sharing and obtaining input from its seniors and community stakeholders on the implementation of this framework. Work will be advanced by the Health & Paramedic Services General Manager and the County's core business departments including the Accessibility Advisory Committee, in close collaboration with the AFC project steering committee, a consultant, working groups, senior representatives and advisory groups. </p><p>Rationale/Need: There is a need for seniors' strategic planning to support our aging demographic. The County's AFC Seniors' Strategy Framework will identify priorities to support seniors in our communities and actionable recommendations will be shared with all our communities across the County.  If priorities are not defined, communities with a high number of seniors residing within the County of Simcoe area will be a risk of poorer health outcomes, augmented poverty levels, lack of sustainable housing, accessibility and transportation needs not being met.</p>
ObjectivesObjectives<ol><li>To engage stakeholders in our communities to help define the key principles for aging well in the County of Simcoe; </li><li>To collect more detailed information about age-friendly priorities in our communities by conducting a consultative process and facilitating a needs assessment; </li><li>To increase awareness of communities to help support healthy aging, which will thereby improve the health, well-being, satisfaction and quality of life for seniors residing in our municipality; and </li><li>To incorporate age-friendliness in our communities into the short and long-range strategic planning process for the County of Simcoe </li></ol><p>​</p>
Milestone DatesMilestone Dates<table width="100%" class="ms-rteTable-default" cellspacing="0"><tbody><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:26%;height:148px;"><p><strong>Phase I - Grant Application </strong>(June 2015-March 2016)</p></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:50%;height:148px;"><p><strong>Community Engagement and Collaboration:</strong></p><p><strong>Step 1: </strong> Form AFC Project Steering </p><p><strong>Step 2</strong>:  Hire Consultant to conduct consultation/needs assessment </p></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:26%;"><p><strong>Phase II – Planning<br></strong>(April 2016 – March 2017)</p></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><p><strong>Step 3</strong><strong>   </strong>Identify priorities/determine framework's guiding principles/considerations</p><p><strong>Step 4</strong>:  Develop and seek Council endorsement of Simcoe County's AFC Framework</p></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:26%;"><p><strong>Phase III-Implementation & Evaluation <br></strong>(2017-2027)</p><p><strong> </strong></p><p><strong> </strong></p><p><strong> </strong></p></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><p><strong>Step 5:</strong>  Implement Framework as part of the County's   annual and long term planning processes </p><p>(10-Year Strategic Vision Plan)</p><p><strong>Step 6:</strong>  Seek organizations/partnerships to undertake community actions as identified. Develop specific project plans for priority projects</p><p><strong>Step 7</strong>:  Evaluate effectiveness of Framework and associated action items.</p><p><strong>Step 8</strong>:  Regularly revise Framework as needed</p><p><strong>Step 9</strong>:  Monitor and provide progress reports</p><p><strong>Step 10:</strong>  Obtain funding for more age-friendly projects as indicated.</p></td></tr></tbody></table><p>​</p>
Phase I - Grant Application - Year 1 (June 15, 2015 - March 31, 2015)Phase I - Grant Application - Year 1 (June 15, 2015 - March 31, 2015)<h3>Community Engagement and Collaboration</h3><p></p><h4 style="text-decoration:underline;"><span lang="EN-US">Step 1</span>: Project Steering Committee</h4><ol style="list-style-type:lower-alpha;"><li>Develop a Project Steering Committee to identify the key stakeholders in our communities and how we can bring them together.</li><li>Include local seniors in our collaborative or engage them throughout the various stages of our initiative. </li><li>Send letters of introduction to community members inviting them to participate in the AFC Project Steering Committee.</li><li>Meet with County of Simcoe Executive Committee to promote collaboration from all core business departments.</li><li>Define Request for Proposal Job Scope to hire a Consultant to conduct a comprehensive/ inclusive baseline assessment of the age-friendliness of our community.</li><li>Consult with Georgian College Research Analyst Program to obtain 2-3 students to work with Consultant to design a paper-based survey to seniors as the respondent group to capture information consistent with the eight dimensions of a livable community as identified by the World Health Organization <font color="#0066cc"><a href="/LongTermCare/Pages/AFC-Appendix-1-Eight-(8)-Aspects-of-Community-Life.aspx" target="_blank">(see Appendix 1)</a></font></li><li>Consult widely in developing the County Age-Friendly Community vision, local guiding principles and key goals for our initiative.</li><li>Consultative process: create focus groups, senior roundtables and consultation sessions. Identify who could be involved and identify what skills and strengths they bring as well as what projects that are already in existence or that we could build upon.</li><li>Use University of Waterloo Getting Started tools/resources. </li><li>Invite community members to participate in focus groups and surveys.</li><li>Consolidate information on age friendly projects already underway in our communities.</li></ol><p><strong>Key Tasks:</strong></p><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li>Extend Expression of Interest invitations to local communities</li><li>Build partnerships</li><li>Form a project steering committee to meet regularly</li><li>Establish terms of reference and local guiding principles</li><li>Define Job Scope to hire Consultant</li><li>Create an age-friendly community profile</li><li>Discuss priorities<br></li></ul><p><strong>The members of the AFC Project Steering Committee will have the following responsibilities:</strong></p><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li>Prepare the Terms of Reference and define guiding principles</li><li>Provide strategic direction, planning and guidance to support the project</li><li>Assist with dissemination of information to the broader community</li><li>Support the development and clarification of project outcomes, deliverables and methodologies and/or assign responsibility for development</li><li>Critically review progress of the project</li><li>Anticipate and review project constraints and challenges and provide suggestions for improvements and resolutions</li></ul><h4 style="text-decoration:underline;"><span lang="EN-US">Step 2</span>: Hire Consultant to Conduct Needs Assessments:</h4><p>The County will utilize the ministry grant application funding to hire a consultant to facilitate and guide the research activities to frame this initiative. The Consultant will develop a needs assessment survey that can be adapted by communities to help assess available resources and what residents view as important for successfully aging in place. Students from Georgian College Research Analyst Program will be assisting with the design of the paper-based survey to older adults in the County.</p><p>The survey will be designed to capture information consistent with the eight (8) dimensions of a livable community as identified by the World Health Organization. <font color="#0066cc"><a href="/LongTermCare/Pages/AFC-Appendix-2-Dimensions-of-Age-Friendly-Community-Examples.aspx" target="_blank">(See examples Appendix 2)</a></font></p><p><strong>Key Tasks:</strong></p><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li>Examine tool set</li><li>Create a draft list of questions</li><li>Students create paper-based seniors survey</li><li>Students to compile report of results of paper-based survey</li><li>Plan and conduct consultative process</li><li>Consultant to finalize needs assessment </li><li>Consultant to compile final report</li></ul><p><strong>Examples of Community Consultation Methodologies:</strong></p><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li>Host an event that invites community members from different sectors to mingle and brainstorm ideas for age-friendliness;</li><li>Community events/consultations to identify priorities; </li><li>Create a Reference Group composed of a broad cross-section of our senior population to help guide our process and lay the foundation for a "bottom-up participatory approach" of the project. A community-based reference committee can engage community seniors in the assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation phase of the age-friendly initiative;</li><li>In-person sessions and online surveys;</li><li>Home interviews with older adults who are less likely to participate in mainstream consultations or at risk of isolation;</li><li>Feedback sessions with local groups; </li><li>Presentations to local councils;</li><li>Pilot testing of focus group questionnaires;</li><li>Press releases, newsletters, flyers, bulletins;</li><li>Age-Friendly Community pages on County website;</li></ul><p>​</p>
Phase II - Planning - Year 2 (April 1st, 2016 - March 31st, 2017)Phase II - Planning - Year 2 (April 1st, 2016 - March 31st, 2017)<h4 style="text-decoration:underline;"><span lang="EN-US">Step 3</span>: Identify Priorities</h4><p>The results of the surveys, needs assessments and consultation process will be utilized to determine the guiding principles of the County of Simcoe AFC Framework and to identify priorities, gaps and service requirements. Strategies and action items will be identified through, for example, 'brainstorming' sessions among committee members. </p><p>As recommended in the <a href="/LongTermCare/Documents/AFC%20Finding%20the%20Right%20Fit%20Guide.pdf" target="_blank"><font color="#0066cc">Age-Friendly Cities: A Guide</font></a>, specific questions, as adapted from John M. Bryson' s Applying Private-Sector Strategic Planning in the Public Sector<sup class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1"></sup><a href="/LongTermCare/Pages/AFC-References.aspx" target="_blank"><span class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1">[vii]</span> </a>and Michael Quinn Patton's 'Utilization-Focused Evaluation' [U-FE] framework.<a href="/LongTermCare/Pages/AFC-References.aspx" target="_blank">[viii]</a> will be utilized to build open discussion, strategize and to discuss concerns that our municipality's councillors and staff could have. </p><ol style="list-style-type:decimal;"><li>What are the alternatives we might pursue to address this issue?</li><li>What are the barriers to these alternatives?</li><li>What approaches exist (if any) to overcome those barriers?</li><li>What are the priority actions for the next two to three years and three to five years, and what resources are currently at hand to implement the strategies (such as municipal staff or programs that are responsible for senior related services and programs)?</li><li>What specific actions do we need to take short term and longer term to implement the strategies and who is responsible for each step?</li></ol><p><strong>Key Tasks</strong></p><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li>Analyze information collected through needs assessment</li><li>Identify strategies to become age-friendly</li><li>Identify strategies that could be combined with age friendly projects already underway in our communities.</li><li>Turn strategies into actions that will guide the County's community age-friendly Framework for future annual and long term planning and development</li></ul><p>Ultimately a seniors' strategy framework will be developed to enhance infrastructure, programs, services, and policies to address the needs of current and future older adults and to guide the 16 lower tier municipalities, 2 separated cities and 2 first nations and rural communities in our area.</p><p style="text-decoration:underline;"><span lang="EN-US"><strong>Step 4</strong></span><strong>: Endorsement of Age Friendly Community and Seniors' Strategy Framework for the County of Simcoe</strong></p><p>To increase the likelihood that key strategies will receive continued attention from our community, the municipal council will be asked to officially adopt the proposed framework.  As well, specific municipal departments, services providers and community organizations will be sought to willingly undertake community actions.</p><p><strong>Key Tasks</strong></p><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li>Schedule a presentation to council to obtain their endorsement of the County of Simcoe's AFC Framework.</li><li>Incorporate County of Simcoe AFC Framework in County's 10-Year Strategic Plan</li><li>Integrate elements of framework into other key municipal plans, such as official plans, secondary plans, housing strategies, transportation and transit master plans, urban design guidelines and street designs.</li><li>Involve stakeholders (well-known local members of the business community and other community leaders) in the action planning process.</li></ul><p>​</p>
Phase III - Implementation and Evalutation - Year 3 (2017-2027)Phase III - Implementation and Evalutation - Year 3 (2017-2027)<p>Once the issues, needs and priorities have been defined and the County's AFC Framework has been endorsed, deliverables and simple indicators under the eight (8) age-friendly domains will be put in place to monitor progress. </p><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li><p><span lang="EN-US" style="text-decoration:underline;">Step 5</span>:  Implement Framework as part of the County's annual and long term planning process  (3-year, 5-year, 10-year Plans)</p></li><li><p><span lang="EN-US" style="text-decoration:underline;">Step 6</span>:  Seek organizations/partnerships to undertake community actions as identified and develop specific project plans for priority projects. </p></li><li><p><span lang="EN-US" style="text-decoration:underline;">Step 7</span>:  Evaluate effectiveness of framework and associated action items.</p></li><li><p><span lang="EN-US" style="text-decoration:underline;">Step 8</span>:  Regularly revise framework as needed</p></li><li><p><span lang="EN-US" style="text-decoration:underline;">Step 9</span>:  Monitor and provide progress reports</p></li><li><p><span lang="EN-US" style="text-decoration:underline;">Step 10</span>: Obtain funding for more age-friendly projects as indicated </p></li></ul><p><strong>Key Tasks</strong></p><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li>Ensure sustainability of initiative through the formation of AFC Committees and Seniors Advisory groups to analyze  </li><li>Identification of indicators to monitor progress and outcomes</li><li>Provide Progress and Sustainability Reports to stakeholders</li></ul><p>​</p>
Appendix 1: Eight (8) Aspects of Community LifeAppendix 1: Eight (8) Aspects of Community Life<p><strong><a href="/LongTermCare/Documents/Eight%20Dimensions%20of%20AFC.pdf" target="_blank"><font color="#0066cc"></font></a></strong></p><p>The World Health Organization framework for Age-Friendly Communities can be used to assess and enhance the age-friendliness of communities. The framework identifies eight aspects of community life that overlap and interact to directly affect older adults, as such:</p><span style="text-decoration:underline;"></span><ul><li><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Outdoor Spaces and Public Buildings</span>: When people view a neighbourhood as safe and accessible it encourages outdoor activities or engagement with the community. Accessibility involves removing barriers that limit opportunities for people with disabilities, including older adults with age-related impairments, and allowing older adults to participate in social activities or to access important health and social services and businesses. </li><li><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Transportation</span>: The condition and design of transportation-related infrastructure such as signage, traffic lights and sidewalks affects personal mobility. Access to reliable, affordable public transit becomes increasingly important when driving becomes stressful or challenging.</li><li><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Housing</span>: For many older adults, aging in place is desirable. The availability of appropriate, affordable housing with a choice of styles and locations and that incorporates flexibility through adaptive features is essential for age-friendly communities.</li><li><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Social Participation</span>: Interacting with family and friends is an important part of positive mental health and community awareness. Social participation involves the level of interaction that older adults have with other members of their community and the extent that the community itself makes this interaction possible.</li><li><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Respect and Social Inclusion</span>: Community attitudes, such as a general feeling of respect and recognizing the role that older adults play in our society, are critical factors for establishing an age-friendly community. Age-friendly communities foster positive images of aging and intergenerational understanding to challenge negative attitudes.</li><li><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Civic Participation and Employment</span>: Civic engagement includes older adults' desire to be involved in aspects of community life that extend beyond their day-to-day activities, such as volunteering, becoming politically active, voting or working on committees. Economic security is important for many older adults, particularly those with low and fixed incomes. The ability of an older adult to remain employed or find new employment provides economic security, and it benefits employers who recognize the experience and commitment that older employees bring to the workplace</li><li><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Communication and Information</span>: Age-friendly communities make sure that information about community events or important services is both readily accessible and in formats that are appropriate for older adults. Moreover, an age-friendly community recognizes the diversity within the older adult population and promotes outreach initiatives to non-traditional families, ethnocultural minorities, newcomers and aboriginal communities.</li><li><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Community Support and Health Services</span>: Good mental and physical health contributes to quality of life and age-friendliness. When evaluating age-friendliness, consider access to community-related services that support physical or mental well-being and the availability of health promotion or awareness services that promote and support healthy behaviours and life choices. .[iv] </li></ul><p>​</p>
Appendix 2: Dimensions of Age-Friendly Community ExamplesAppendix 2: Dimensions of Age-Friendly Community Examples<p>The table below provides examples of initiatives in each dimension from the Grant Application Program Guidelines.</p><table width="100%" class="ms-rteTable-default" cellspacing="0" style="height:1955px;"><tbody><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:242px;height:46px;"><p style="text-align:center;"><strong>A</strong><strong>g</strong><strong>e</strong><strong>-</strong><strong>Fri</strong><strong>e</strong><strong>nd</strong><strong>l</strong><strong>y</strong><strong> </strong><strong>Dim</strong><strong>e</strong><strong>ns</strong><strong>i</strong><strong>on</strong></p></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:58%;height:46px;"><p style="text-align:center;"><strong>E</strong><strong>xa</strong><strong>mp</strong><strong>l</strong><strong>e</strong><strong>s</strong><strong> </strong><strong>of Init</strong><strong>i</strong><strong>a</strong><strong>ti</strong><strong>v</strong><strong>e</strong><strong>s</strong></p></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:242px;height:300px;"><p><strong>1.</strong>   <strong>Outdoor Spaces and Public Buildings</strong><br>Outdoor spaces and public buildings that are pleasant, clean, secure and physically accessible</p></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:58%;height:300px;"><p>Design pavements and sidewalks with low curbs that taper off to the road and are wide enough to accommodate wheelchairs and other mobility devices.</p><p>Add accessible public washrooms with clear signage in convenient locations.</p><p>Increase outdoor seating at transit stops, in parks and public spaces that are well spaced and well maintained.</p></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:242px;"><p><strong>2.</strong>   <strong>Transportation</strong><br>Public transportation that is accessible and affordable</p></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:58%;"><p>Design public transportation routes with connections to all municipal areas.</p><p>Start a community transportation service that is affordable and accessible.</p><p>Launch an outreach campaign to provide information about transportation options, routes, costs and timetables.</p></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:242px;"><p><strong>3.</strong>   <strong>Housing</strong><br>Housing that is affordable, appropriately located, well built, well designed and secure.<br><br> </p></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:58%;"><p>Include affordable housing options for older adults in municipal plans.</p><p>Develop affordable services and/or programs that support the option for seniors to remain in their homes.</p><p>Design accessible indoor spaces to allow freedom of movement in all rooms and passageways.</p></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:242px;"><table width="100%" class="ms-rteTable-1" cellspacing="0"><tbody><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-1"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-1" style="width:100%;"><p><strong><span></span>4.</strong> <strong>Social Participation </strong><br>Opportunities for seniors to participate in leisure, social, cultural and spiritual activities with people of all ages and cultures. <span></span></p><p><br> </p></td></tr></tbody></table></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:58%;"><p><span></span>Organize free or affordable events, activities or courses held at venues that are accessible, well lit and conveniently located. </p><p>Start an outreach program for older adults who do not or cannot leave their homes. </p><p>Offer a range of events or activities, including both age-specific and intergenerational activities.</p></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:242px;"><p><strong>5. </strong><strong>Respect and Social Inclusion</strong><strong> <br></strong>Older adults are treated with respect and are included in civic life. </p><p><br> </p></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:58%;">Invite older adults to participate in and contribute their input on public issues or services. <span></span><p></p><p>Create local awards and events to honour the contributions of seniors in the community. </p><p>Create community activities that bring together different generations, such as arts and crafts, youth-taught computer courses, and "honorary grandparent" programs. </p></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:242px;"><p><strong>6. Civic Participation & Employment <br></strong>Opportunities for employment and volunteerism that cater to older adults' interests and abilities. </p></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:58%;"><p><strong>Civic Participation & Employment <br></strong>Opportunities for employment and volunteerism that cater to older adults' interests and abilities. Create training opportunities for older adults to learn or improve their skills in paid, civic or volunteer work. </p><p>Introduce programs or services that support older adults in finding paid employment. </p><p>Encourage the representation of older adults on councils, boards and committees. <span></span></p></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:242px;"><p><strong>7. Communication and Information <br></strong>Age-friendly communication and information is available. </p></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:58%;"><p>Organize regular and widespread distribution of information in a variety of formats (for example, audio, print and electronic). </p><p>Provide access to computers and the Internet in public places at minimal or no cost. </p><p>Set up a program that invites seniors to sign up for monthly telephone calls that provide information about upcoming local activities and events. <span></span></p></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:242px;"><p><strong><span></span>8. </strong><strong>Community Support & Health Services <br></strong>Community support and health services tailored to older adults' needs. <span></span></p></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:58%;"><p><span></span>Coordinate the availability of specialized health care services </p><p>Provide affordable health and home care services.  </p><p>Offer education programs on elder care for caregivers and health care professionals.<span></span></p></td></tr></tbody></table><p>​</p>
ReferencesReferences<p><font color="#0066cc">[i]</font> Federation of Canadian Municipalities – Canada's Aging Population; The Municipal Role in Canada's demographic shift<br><font color="#0066cc">[ii]</font> Finding the Right Fit, Age-Friendly Community Planning<br><font color="#0066cc">[iii]</font> Statistics Canada, 2011 Census of Population<br><span></span><font color="#0066cc">[iv]</font><span></span>  Gunter, B. (2012). Understanding the Older Consumer: The Grey Market. London: Routledge<br><font color="#0066cc">[v]</font> Statistics Canada, 2011 Census of Population<br><font color="#0066cc">[vi]</font> AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities<br><font color="#0066cc"></font><font color="#0066cc">[vii]</font> John M. Bryson: "Applying Private-Sector Strategic Planning in the Public Sector"<br><font color="#0066cc">[viii]</font>Michael Quinn Patton: "Utilization-Focused Evaluation" [U-FE] framework​</p><font color="#000000" face="Times New Roman"> </font><font color="#000000" face="Times New Roman"> </font>
Age-Friendly Resources and Helpful Links to ServicesAge-Friendly Resources and Helpful Links to Services<h3>Services for Seniors</h3><p><font color="#0066cc"><a href="http://www.infosimcoecounty.ca/" target="_blank"><font color="#0066cc">211 Central East Ontario</font></a></font></p><p><a href="http://www.211ontario.ca/" target="_blank"><font color="#0066cc">211 Ontario</font></a></p><p><a href="http://www.seniors.gov.on.ca/en/seniorsguide/index.php" target="_blank"><font color="#0066cc">A Guide to Program and Services for Seniors in Ontario</font></a></p><p><a href="https://www.ontario.ca/page/get-accessible-parking-permit" target="_blank">Accessible Parking Application - Service Ontario</a></p><p><a href="https://accreditation.ca/" target="_blank">Accreditation Canada</a></p><p><a href="http://www.communityconnection.ca/" target="_blank"><font color="#0066cc">Community Connection</font></a></p><p><span></span><a href="/CorporateCommunications/Pages/library-link-2016-01-05.aspx" target="_blank"><font color="#0066cc">County of Simcoe Launches Library Link Pilot Project </font></a></p><div class="link-item"><a href="http://gaates.org/027BuiltEnvironment.php"><font color="#0066cc">GAATES Global Alliance on Accessible Technologies and Environments</font></a></div><div class="link-item"> </div><div class="link-item"><a href="http://www.ilssimcoe.ca/" target="_blank">Independant Living Services of Simcoe County and Area</a></div><div class="link-item"> </div><div class="link-item"><a href="http://www.ocsco.ca/home-old?404"><font color="#0066cc">Ontario Society of Senior Citizens Organizations</font></a> - A Starting Point to Help seniors get information on health related topics, affordability, access to services, and more on the Journey of Life provided by Ontario Society of Senior Citizens' Organizations. </div><p><a href="http://seniorsforseniors.ca/services" target="_blank">Seniors for Seniors</a></p><h3>Community Planning</h3><p><span></span><a href="/LongTermCare/Documents/AFC%20Finding%20the%20Right%20Fit%20Guide.pdf"><font color="#0066cc">Age-Friendly Community Planning - Finding The Right Fit</font></a> </p><p><a href="http://www.agefriendlyontario.ca/age-friendly-communities?_ga=1.55186859.1679761671.1458222810" target="_blank"><font color="#0066cc">Age Friendly Community Planning Outreach</font></a></p><p><a href="/LongTermCare/Documents/Age-Friendly%20and%20Remote%20Communities%20-%20A%20Guide.pdf" target="_blank"><font color="#0066cc">Age-Friendly Rural and Remote Communities: A Guide</font></a></p><font color="#000000" face="Times New Roman"></font><font color="#000000" face="Times New Roman"> </font><font color="#000000" face="Times New Roman"> </font><p><a href="/LongTermCare/Documents/Global_age_friendly_cities_Guide_English.pdf" target="_blank"><font color="#0066cc">Global Age-Friendly Cities - A Guide</font></a></p><p><a href="/paramedicservices/Pages/paramedicine.aspx" target="_blank"><font color="#0066cc">Simcoe County Community Paramedicine</font></a></p><p><a href="http://www.choosingwiselycanada.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/EN-Collection.pdf" target="_blank">Six Things Physicians and Patients Should Question</a></p><h3>Care Planning and Support</h3><p><a href="http://www.advancecareplanning.ca/" target="_blank">Advance Care Planning - 5 Steps </a></p><p><a href="http://www.myspeakupplan.ca/" target="_blank">Advance Care Planing Workbook - Speakup</a></p><p><a href="/LongTermCare/Documents/Program%20and%20Services%20Guide%20Spring%202017.pdf">Alzheimer Society Simcoe County Programs and Services Guide 2017</a></p><p><span lang="EN-US"><a href="http://www.assistivedeviceexchange.ca/" target="_blank">Assisted Devices Exchange</a></span></p><p><a href="http://www.seniors.gc.ca/eng/sb/caregivers/on/index.shtml" target="_blank">Caregivers - Ontario Information for Caregivers</a></p><p><a href="http://healthcareathome.ca/nsm/en/performance/Documents/LTC%20Waitlist%20Report_for%20web.pdf" target="_blank">Choosing a Long-Term Care Home (Home and Community Care)</a></p><p><a href="http://comfortkeepers.ca/" target="_blank">Comfort Keepers</a></p><p><a href="http://helpinghandsorillia.ca/" target="_blank"><font color="#0066cc">Helping Hands - Community Support Services for Seniors and Adults with Physical Disabilities</font></a></p><font face="Tahoma" size="7"></font><font color="#000000" face="Times New Roman"> </font><font color="#000000" face="Times New Roman"> </font><p><a href="http://www.carp.ca/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/Living-Well-Living-Longer.pdf" target="_blank"><font color="#0066cc">Living Longer, Living Well: Highlights and Key Recommendations, Provincial Lead, Ontario Seniors Strategy</font></a></p><p><a href="http://patientombudsman.ca/" target="_blank">Patient Ombudsman</a> - Patient Ombudsman is a champion for fairness in Ontario’s health sector organizations defined as public hospitals, long-term care homes and community care access corporations (CCACs)</p><h3><span aria-hidden="true"></span>General Interest</h3><p><a href="http://comfortkeepers.ca/" target="_blank">Become a Caregiver</a></p><p><a href="https://socialdance.stanford.edu/syllabi/smarter.htm" target="_blank"><font color="#0066cc">Dancing Makes You Smarter</font></a></p><font color="#000000" face="Times New Roman"> </font><h3>Health and Safety</h3><p><span lang="EN-US"><span lang="EN-US"><span aria-hidden="true"></span><a href="http://www.infosimcoecounty.ca/" target="_blank"><font color="#0066cc">2-1-1 - Call 2-1-1 when you don't know where to turn</font></a><span aria-hidden="true"></span></span></span></p><p><span lang="EN-US"><a href="http://www.dementiafriends.ca/" target="_blank"><font color="#0066cc">Dementia Friends Canada</font></a></span></p><p><a href="http://agefriendlyontario.ca/age-friendly-communities?_ga=1.236354758.637804926.1466620327" target="_blank"><font color="#0066cc">Eat Right Ontario</font></a></p><p><a href="http://www.elderabuseontario.com/" target="_blank"><font color="#0066cc">Elder Abuse Ontario</font></a></p><p><a href="http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/hl-vs/iyh-vsv/life-vie/fp-pc-eng.php" target="_blank"><font color="#0066cc">Falls Prevention Information - Preventing Falls in and Around your Home</font></a></p><p><a href="http://findingyourwayontario.ca/" target="_blank"><font color="#0066cc">Finding Your Way Ontario - Staying Active and Staying Safe With Memory Loss</font></a></p><p><a href="https://www.canada.ca/en/employment-social-development/corporate/seniors/forum/fraud-scams.html?=undefined&wbdisable=false">Fraud and Scams - What Every Older Canadian Should Know</a></p><p><a href="http://ccsmh.ca/booklet/" target="_blank">Multi-Lingual Mental Health Guides for Seniors and their Families</a></p><p><a href="http://nsmhealthline.ca/" target="_blank"><font color="#0066cc">North Simcoe Muskoka Healthline</font></a></p><p><a href="http://www.phac-aspc.gc.ca/seniors-aines/publications/public/injury-blessure/safelive-securite/index-eng.php" target="_blank"><font color="#0066cc">Safe Living Guide—A Guide to Home Safety for Seniors</font></a></p><p><a href="http://www.rcmp-grc.gc.ca/en/seniors-guidebook-safety-and-security" target="_blank">Seniors Guidebook to Safety and Security - RCMP</a></p><p><a title="Seniors Guidebook to Safety and Security" href="http://www.rcmp-grc.gc.ca/en/seniors-guidebook-safety-and-security" target="_blank"><img class="ms-rteImage-2" src="/LongTermCare/PublishingImages/Age-Friendly%20Pictures/6a2943be97060d622e2cfb107a5754af.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:324px;height:421px;" /></a> </p><p><a href="https://www.alarms.org/guide-to-senior-safety-at-home/" target="_blank">Seniors Safety at Home</a></p><a href="https://www.canada.ca/en/employment-social-development/corporate/seniors/forum/fraud-scams.html" target="_blank"></a><p><a href="http://news.harvard.edu/gazette/story/2017/04/tai-chi-can-prevent-elderly-from-falls-add-mental-agility/?utm_source=SilverpopMailing&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=04.26.2017%20%281%29" target="_blank">Tai chi can prevent elderly from falls, add mental agility | Harvard Gazette</a> </p><h3>Housing</h3><p><a href="https://www.cmhc-schl.gc.ca/en/co/acho/index.cfm" target="_blank"><font color="#0066cc">Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation: Aging in Place</font></a></p><p><a href="https://www.cmhc-schl.gc.ca/odpub/pdf/67514.pdf" target="_blank"><font color="#0066cc">Housing for Older Canadians: The Definitive Guide to the Over-55 Market</font></a></p><p style="margin:0in 0in 8pt;"><a href="/SocialHousing/Pages/ourahhps.aspx" target="_blank"><font color="#0066cc">Simcoe County 10 Year Affordable Housing and Homelessness Prevention Strategy</font></a></p><p style="margin:0in 0in 8pt;"><a href="/CorporateCommunications/Pages/progess-report-2016-06-27.aspx" target="_blank"><font color="#0066cc">Simcoe County Local Immigration Partnership</font></a></p><h3><span aria-hidden="true"></span>Seniors Organizations</h3><p><a href="http://www.ontario.ca/page/ontarios-action-plan-seniors"><font color="#0066cc">Ontario's Action Plan for Seniors</font></a></p><p><span lang="EN-US"><a href="http://agefriendlyontario.ca/age-friendly-communities?_ga=1.236354758.637804926.1466620327"><font color="#0066cc">Ontario Age-Friendly Communities Network Exchange</font></a></span></p><p><a href="http://www.seniors.gov.on.ca/en/index.php" target="_blank"><font color="#0066cc">Ontario Seniors’ Secretariat</font></a></p><p><span lang="EN-US"><a href="http://www.seniors.gov.on.ca/en/resources/index.php" target="_blank"><font color="#0066cc">Ontario Seniors' Secretariat Publications and Resources </font></a></span></p><p><a href="http://redhatsociety.com/" target="_blank"><font color="#0066cc">Red Hat Society - Experience the Fun of RHS</font></a></p><p><a href="http://www.aseniorwish.com/" target="_blank"><font color="#0066cc">Senior Wish Association - Barrie, Ontario<span aria-hidden="true"></span></font></a></p><h3>Transportation</h3><p><a href="/Planning/Pages/transit-study.aspx" target="_blank">Simcoe County Transit Feasibility and Implementation Study</a></p><h3>Volunteering</h3><font color="#000000" face="Times New Roman"> </font><p><a href="http://volunteerconnection.ca/">Volunteer Connection</a></p><p><a href="http://www.findmyspark.ca/" target="_blank">Volunteer - Explore Volunteering at Find My Spark Ontario</a></p><p><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H-mCRTW_5FU" target="_blank">Volunteer - Find My Spark video - Are you VolunCurious?</a></p><p><a href="https://simcoecounty.cioc.ca/volunteer/" target="_blank">Volunteer - Looking for Volunteer Opportunities in Simcoe County?</a></p><font color="#000000" face="Times New Roman"> </font><h3> </h3><p> </p><div class="link-item"><div class="description"> </div> </div>