Midhurst/ September 29, 2017 – The County of Simcoe recognizes October 1, 2017 as National Seniors Day and International Day of Older Persons. The day provides an opportunity for residents to celebrate seniors for their many and varied contributions to their families, workplaces and communities and raise awareness about issues affecting older adults.
According to Statistics Canada, Simcoe County is experiencing rapid aging above national and provincial averages. The proportion of adults aged 65 and over in Simcoe County is 18 per cent of the population compared to 16.7 per cent in Ontario and 16.9 per cent in Canada. As a provider of services to seniors, the County of Simcoe is proud to honour the seniors living in our communities.
"Seniors play a vital role as key contributors to our communities and local economy and it is important that we acknowledge and celebrate all that our older citizens have done for us," said Warden Gerry Marshall. "As our population ages over the coming decades, we're taking a proactive approach by continuing to invest in our seniors' facilities and advance our Positive Aging Strategy to meet the needs of all our residents."
As part of the County's Age Friendly Community activities, led by an Age-Friendly Communities Advisory Committee of more than 35 members representing various organizations and older adults across the region, the County will be celebrating our Older Adults through recognition and planned activities of this very important day. As such, a proclamation is being declared by Warden Gerry Marshall to acknowledge and thank our seniors for their tremendous contributions to our families, friends, businesses and communities.
In addition, the County of Simcoe's Long Term Care and Seniors Services Department will be hosting a variety of events to celebrate National Seniors Day at various sites.
Age-Friendly Community Initiative
The County of Simcoe received funding from the Government of Ontario of as part of its Age-Friendly Community Planning Grant Program. The funding served to establish a baseline assessment of Simcoe County's age-friendliness and to determine the recommendations for action according to scope of community responsibility. A variety of community engagement processes were used to collect feedback from residents 60 years of age and older, caregivers, and service providers of older adults to produce the "Building an Age-Friendly Simcoe County - 2016 Community Needs Assessment" and an abridged Executive Summary. Both versions can be found on the website at http://www.simcoe.ca/age-friendly. The information from the "Building an Age-Friendly Simcoe County - 2016 Community Needs Assessment" will be used to support the development of Simcoe County's Positive Aging Strategy to be released in 2018.
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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