Midhurst/ June 1, 2017 – Warden Gerry Marshall has proclaimed June as Seniors' Month in Simcoe County, marking the 32nd annual Seniors' Month in Ontario. The Ontario Seniors' Secretariat has dubbed this year's theme as "Living Your Best Life".
By observing the month, the County of Simcoe hopes to emphasize the significance of supporting seniors living in our communities in achieving better health and a better quality of life for many years to come. In support of this commitment, the County recently released the first phase of its Age-Friendly Needs Assessment, a foundational document that includes priorities and key areas of focus to assist in the development of our Positive Aging Strategy. For full details, visit www.simcoe.ca/age-friendly.
"Seniors play such an important role as key contributors to our communities and local economy," said Warden Gerry Marshall. "As our population ages over the coming decades we're taking a proactive approach now by continuing to invest in our seniors' facilities and advance our Positive Aging Strategy to ensure that all our residents can continue to "live their best life" right here in Simcoe County."
The County's Long Term Care and Seniors Services department are hosting a variety of events to
celebrate seniors at our various sites, culminating in a Resident BBQ bringing residents from all four long term care homes together at Sunset Manor in Collingwood on June 19 from noon to 2 p.m.
The County of Simcoe provides seniors services through several programs across the County, including Simcoe Village supportive housing in Beeton, Life Lease Seniors Living at Sunset Village in Collingwood, Adult Day Programs in Penetanguishene and Elmvale, and long term care services in four nursing homes located in Penetanguishene, Beeton, Collingwood, and Orillia.
About the Age-Friendly Community Initiative
The Age-Friendly initiative is guided by funding through the Ontario Seniors' Secretariat and supports local governments and community organizations to undertake strategic planning and develop local plans to address aging demographics and further enable people of all ages to fully participate in community life. After completing extensive public and stakeholder consultation, the County recently issued its Age-Friendly Needs Assessment Executive Summary and will release the full Needs Assessment Report this summer followed by the launch of the Positive Aging Strategy by the end of 2017. For full details, visit www.simcoe.ca/age-friendly.
County of Simcoe is composed of sixteen member municipalities and provides crucial public services to County residents in addition to providing paramedic and social services to the separated cities of Barrie and Orillia. Visit our website at simcoe.ca.
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