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Advocacy GroupsAdvocacy Groups<h4><a href="/LongTermCare/Pages/AFC-Other-Resources.aspx">Click here for m<span lang="EN-US"><span lang="EN-US">ore Age-Friendly Resources and Helpful Links to Services</span></span></a></h4><p><span style="color:#212121;line-height:105%;font-size:12pt;"><a href="http://www.concernedfriends.ca/" target="_blank"><font color="#0066cc">Concerned Friends in Ontario in Long Term Care</font></a>  For over 30 years Concerned Friends has been advocating for improvements in the long-term care system in Ontario on behalf of Ontario residents and families: Answer hundreds of confidential calls on our toll-free helpline; Meet with families and residents to reconcile long-term care issues; Your voice.</span></p><p><span style="color:#212121;line-height:105%;font-size:12pt;"><span style="color:#212121;line-height:105%;font-size:12pt;"><span style="color:#212121;line-height:105%;font-size:12pt;"><span style="color:#212121;line-height:105%;font-size:12pt;"><span style="color:#212121;line-height:105%;font-size:12pt;"><span style="color:#212121;line-height:105%;font-size:12pt;"><a href="http://www.fco.ngo/" target="_blank"><font color="#0066cc">Family Councils Program in Ontario</font></a>  Family Councils Ontario works with Family Councils in Long-Term Care Homes across Ontario. Our mission is to lead and support families in improving quality of life in Long-Term Care.<br><span style="color:#212121;line-height:105%;font-size:12pt;"><span style="color:#212121;line-height:105%;font-size:12pt;"><span style="color:#212121;line-height:105%;font-size:12pt;"><span style="color:#212121;line-height:105%;font-size:12pt;"><span style="color:#212121;line-height:105%;font-size:12pt;"><span style="color:#212121;line-height:105%;font-size:12pt;"><br><span style="color:#212121;line-height:105%;font-size:12pt;"><span style="color:#212121;line-height:105%;font-size:12pt;"><span style="color:#212121;line-height:105%;font-size:12pt;"><a href="http://www.nicenet.ca/" target="_blank"><font color="#0066cc">National Initiative for the Care of the Elderly (NICE)</font></a>  <span style="line-height:1.6em;">NICE is an international network of researchers, practitioners and students dedicated to improving the care of older adults, both in Canada and abroad.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p><a href="/LongTermCare/Pages/AFC-Other-Resources.aspx" target="_blank"></a>
Age-Friendly Community ResourcesAge-Friendly Community Resources<h4><a href="/LongTermCare/Pages/AFC-Other-Resources.aspx">Click here for m<span lang="EN-US"><span lang="EN-US">ore Age-Friendly Resources and Helpful Links to Services</span></span></a> </h4><p><a href="http://www.agefriendlyontario.ca/age-friendly-communities?_ga=1.55186859.1679761671.1458222810" target="_blank" style="color:#0066cc;">Age Friendly Community Planning Outreach</a>  An age-friendly community (AFC) is a community where policies, services and physical spaces are designed to enable people of all ages to live in a secure and accessible physical and social environment. AFCs contribute to good health and allow people to continue to participate fully in society throughout their lifetime. The Ministry of Seniors Affairs (MSA) is helping to implement AFCs across the province through its <a href="http://www.ontario.ca/seniors/ontarios-action-plan-seniors" style="color:#0066cc;"> Action Plan for Seniors</a><strong><em> </em></strong>and the <a href="http://www.seniors.gov.on.ca/en/afc/guide.php" style="color:#0066cc;"> Finding the Right Fit AFC Planning Guide</a> and the AFC Planning Grant Program. </p><p><a href="/_layouts/15/FIXUPREDIRECT.ASPX?WebId=a41fbfa1-82ca-4939-9932-d97b8d6ad3e9&TermSetId=fb933945-005d-43ad-bb62-b84ef1fa9284&TermId=6ab8a313-38b4-414b-8f19-232336e60fa6" style="color:#0066cc;">Age-Friendly Simcoe County </a><span lang="EN-US"> From the World Health Organization (WHO) to our municipal government, there is a call for an age-friendly society.  The County of Simcoe recognizes the Age-Friendly Community (AFC) concept as an initiative that falls within their mandate and, in support of our aging population, has chosen to develop a framework for the communities that reside within its geographical area.  Developing a framework will help our community stakeholders identify, plan and address needs and priorities related to older adults in our area.  </span></p><p><span lang="EN-US"><span lang="EN-US"><span lang="EN-US"><a href="http://www.homeforlifesgb.com/" target="_blank" style="color:#0066cc;">Home For Life - Enabling Seniors to Stay at Home</a>  Home for Life recruits and trains volunteers to provide some support services to people who need help to remain confident in their home as long as possible. Some of the services provided by volunteers are friendly visiting, dog walking, shopping assistance, meal preparation, lawn care, and driving to appointments.  Other Home for Life volunteers provide computer training to new users for things like: how to use a computer, surf the Internet, use email, and some free online services such as Skype which keep people connected to family and friends.</span></span></span></p><p><span lang="EN-US"><span lang="EN-US"><span lang="EN-US"><span lang="EN-US"><a href="http://www.ontario.ca/seniorsguide" target="_blank" style="color:#0066cc;">Seniors' Guide - Ontario Seniors Secretariat</a>​  Find information on resources available for seniors in Ontario, including tax credits, health, caregiving, housing, driving and staying safe.</span></span></span></span></p>
AssociationsAssociations<h4><a href="/LongTermCare/Pages/AFC-Other-Resources.aspx">Click here for m<span lang="EN-US"><span lang="EN-US">ore Age-Friendly Resources and Helpful Links to Services</span></span></a></h4><p><a href="http://www.advantageontario.ca/" target="_blank"><font color="#0066cc">Advantage Ontario</font></a>  AdvantAge Ontario is the trusted voice for senior care. We are community-based, not-for-profit organizations dedicated to supporting the best possible aging experience. </p><p><a href="http://www.cmha.ca/" target="_blank"><font color="#0066cc">Canadian Mental Health Association</font></a>  The Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), founded in 1918, is one of the oldest voluntary organizations in Canada. Each year, we provide services and supports to more than 1.3 million Canadians through the combined efforts of more than 11,000 volunteers and staff across Canada in over 330 communities.</p><p><a href="https://www.rhra.ca/en/information-for-retirement-home-residents/complaints/" target="_blank"><font color="#0066cc">Retirement Homes Regulatory Authority (RHRA) Reporting Website</font></a>  By law, all retirement homes in Ontario are required to have a procedure for responding to complaints about the operation of the home. In addition, all staff members working in the home are required to be trained on the home’s complaints procedure. You can find the home’s complaints procedure in the information package provided to you or you can ask the home for a copy.</p>
Government Services - FederalGovernment Services - Federal<h4><a href="/LongTermCare/Pages/AFC-Other-Resources.aspx">Click here for m<span lang="EN-US"><span lang="EN-US">ore Age-Friendly Resources and Helpful Links to Services</span></span></a></h4><p><a href="http://www.canadabenefits.gc.ca/f.1.2c.6.3z.1rdq.5.2st.3.4ns%40.jsp?lang=en" style="color:#0066cc;">Government of Canada Benefits</a>  Benefits Finder - Answer questions to get a customized list of benefits for which you may be eligible. The Benefits Finder may suggest benefits from federal, provincial or territorial governments, and does not collect or track your information. The more questions you answer, the more customized your results will be.        </p><p><a href="https://www.canada.ca/en/national-seniors-council.html" target="_blank" style="color:#0066cc;"> National Seniors Council</a>  The National Seniors Council engages with seniors, stakeholders and experts to provide advice to the Government of Canada on current and emerging issues and opportunities related to the health, well-being and quality of life of seniors. The Council produces <a href="https://www.canada.ca/en/national-seniors-council/programs/publications-reports.html" style="color:#0066cc;"> reports and publications</a> based on their findings.<br><br><a href="https://www.canada.ca/en/employment-social-development/corporate/portfolio/service-canada.html" style="color:#0066cc;">Service Canada</a>  Service Canada provides Canadians with a single point of access to a wide range of government services and benefits. We are committed to improving services for Canadians by working with partners to provide access to the full range of government services and benefits that Canadians want and need through the Internet, by telephone, in person or by mail.<br><br><a href="https://www.canada.ca/en/employment-social-development/corporate/seniors/forum.html" style="color:#0066cc;">Seniors Canada Resources ​</a> Federal/Provincial/Territorial Ministers Responsible for Seniors Forum is an intergovernmental body established to share information, discuss new and emerging issues related to seniors, and work collaboratively on key projects. </p>
Government Services - ProvincialGovernment Services - Provincial<h4><a href="/LongTermCare/Pages/AFC-Other-Resources.aspx">Click here for m<span lang="EN-US"><span lang="EN-US">ore Age-Friendly Resources and Helpful Links to Services</span></span></a></h4><p><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><font color="#0066cc">Central Local Health Integration Network (Central LHIN)</font></span>  - The Central Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) is one of 14 LHINs established by the provincial government through the <em><a href="http://www.e-laws.gov.on.ca/html/statutes/english/elaws_statutes_06l04_e.htm" style="color:#0066cc;">Local Health System Integration Act (LHSIA), 2006</a></em>, to plan, coordinate, integrate and fund health services at the local level.    <span>LHINs work with local health service providers and communities to design real-life solutions that improve access to care, better coordinate services and improve people’s experience with the health care system.</span></p><p><span><a href="http://www.centralhealthline.ca/" target="_blank" style="color:#0066cc;"> Central Health Line.ca - Health Services for Central Region​</a></span></p><p><span><a href="http://www.health.gov.on.ca/en/public/programs/ltc/default.aspx" target="_blank" style="color:#0066cc;">Government of Ontario - Home, Community and Residential Care Services for Seniors</a>: </span></p><ul><li><a href="http://www.ontario.ca/health-and-wellness/homecare-seniors" style="color:#0066cc;">Homecare for seniors</a></li><li><a href="http://www.ontario.ca/health-and-wellness/find-retirement-home" style="color:#0066cc;">Find a retirement home</a> </li><li><a href="http://www.health.gov.on.ca/en/public/programs/ltc/home-finder.aspx" style="color:#0066cc;">Find a long-term care home</a> </li><li><a href="http://www.ontario.ca/health-and-wellness/temporary-respite-care-caregivers" style="color:#0066cc;">Temporary respite care for caregivers</a> </li><li><a href="http://www.ontario.ca/health-and-wellness/long-term-care-home-complaint-process" style="color:#0066cc;">Long-term care home complaint process</a> </li><li><a href="http://www.health.gov.on.ca/en/public/programs/ltc/31_pr_inspections.aspx" style="color:#0066cc;">New long-term care home quality inspection program</a></li><li><a href="http://www.health.gov.on.ca/en/public/programs/ltc/lsaa_policies.aspx" style="color:#0066cc;">Long-Term Care Home Service Accountability Agreement (L-SAA)</a></li><li><a href="http://www.health.gov.on.ca/en/public/programs/ltc/archived_ltch.aspx" style="color:#0066cc;">Long-term care home archived policies</a></li><li><a href="http://www.health.gov.on.ca/en/public/programs/ltc/forms.aspx" style="color:#0066cc;">Forms</a></li></ul><p><a href="http://www.health.gov.on.ca/en/public/programs/" target="_blank" style="color:#0066cc;">Government of Ontario - Health Providers, Programs and Services</a> </p><p><a href="http://www.e-laws.gov.on.ca/html/statutes/english/elaws_statutes_07l08_e.htm" target="_blank"><font color="#0066cc">Long-Term Care Homes Act 2007, S.O. 2007, C.8</font></a>  For download or print</p><p><a href="http://www.health.gov.on.ca/" target="_blank" style="color:#0066cc;">Ministry of Health and Long Term Care</a></p><p><a href="http://publicreporting.ltchomes.net/en-ca/Search_Selection.aspx" target="_blank" style="color:#0066cc;">Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care Public Reporting Website </a></p><p><a href="http://www.nsmhealthline.ca/" target="_blank" style="color:#0066cc;">NSM Health Line.ca - Health Services for North Simcoe Muskoka</a></p><p><a href="http://healthcareathome.ca/nsm/en" style="color:#0066cc;">North Simcoe Muskoka Local Health Integration Network (NSM LHIN)</a>  If you, or someone you care about, needs health care services at home, at school or in the community, or if you are considering supported living programs or long-term care options, home and community care at the North Simcoe Muskoka (NSM) Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) can help. </p><p><a href="http://www.health.gov.on.ca/en/public/programs/ltc/scss.aspx" target="_blank" style="color:#0066cc;">Ontario's Seniors Care Strategy</a></p><p><a href="http://www.seniors.gov.on.ca/en/index.php" target="_blank" style="color:#0066cc;">Ontario Seniors' Secretariat</a>​</p><h3>Public Reporting</h3><ul><li><a href="http://publicreporting.ltchomes.net/en-ca/Search_Selection.aspx" target="_blank">Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care Public Reporting Website </a></li><li><a href="https://www.rhra.ca/en/information-for-retirement-home-residents/complaints/" target="_blank">Retirement Homes Regulatory Authority (RHRA) Reporting Website</a></li></ul>
HealthHealth<h4><a href="/LongTermCare/Pages/AFC-Other-Resources.aspx">Click here for m<span lang="EN-US"><span lang="EN-US">ore Age-Friendly Resources and Helpful Links to Services</span></span></a></h4><p>​<span style="text-decoration:underline;"><font color="#0066cc">Alzheimer Society of Canada</font></span>  Behind every person with Alzheimer's disease and other dementias, there are hundreds of people dedicated to helping. The Alzheimer Society is the leading not-for-profit health organization working nationwide to improve the quality of life for Canadians affected by Alzheimer's disease and other dementias and advance the search for the cause and cure. Active in communities right across Canada, the Society has programs and services near you.</p><p><a href="http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/fn-an/food-guide-aliment/index-eng.php" target="_blank" style="color:#0066cc;">Canada's Food Guide </a> Learn about Canada's food guides and how they can help you make healthy food choices. Also access history, labelling, advertising and copyright information for our guides.</p><p><a href="http://ontario.cmha.ca/mental-health/services-and-support/support-for-families-and-caregivers/" target="_blank"><font color="#0066cc">Canadian Mental Health Association - Support for Families and Caregivers</font></a>   Founded in 1952, the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), Ontario, is a non-profit, charitable organization committed to making mental health possible for all.</p><p><a href="http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/dhp-mps/index-eng.php" style="color:#0066cc;">Drug and Health Products Information</a>  Health Canada plays an active role in ensuring that you have access to safe and effective drugs and health products. The Department strives to maintain a balance between the potential health benefits and risks posed by all drugs and health products. Our highest priority in determining the balance is public safety.</p><p><a href="http://www.phac-aspc.gc.ca/hp-ps/hl-mvs/pa-ap/index-eng.php" target="_blank" style="color:#0066cc;">Government of Canada - Benefits of Physical Activity</a>  Physical activity plays an important role in the health, well-being and quality of life of Canadians. People who are physically active live longer, healthier lives. Active people are more productive, and more likely to avoid illness and injury.</p><p><a href="http://www.phac-aspc.gc.ca/seniors-aines/index-eng.php" target="_blank" style="color:#0066cc;">Government of Canada - Public Health Agency of Canada (Seniors) - Information on Aging and Seniors</a>         </p><p><a href="http://www.healthycanadians.gc.ca/eating-nutrition/healthy-eating-saine-alimentation/safety-salubrite/vulnerable-populations/older-adults-adultes-agees-eng.php" target="_blank" style="color:#0066cc;">Government of Canada - Safe Food Handling for Adults 60+</a>  Most people who get food poisoning can have a full recovery. But for older adults, serious longer-term problems can be more common.</p><p><a href="http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/hl-vs/seniors-aines/index-eng.php" target="_blank" style="color:#0066cc;">Health Canada (Senior Healthy Living)</a>  Canadians are enjoying longer life spans and better health than ever before. The proportion of seniors in the Canadian population is expected to double by 2025. Health Canada is proactively conducting research and planning to better understand the needs of Canadian seniors and to ensure that programs and services respond to Canada's demographic aging.</p><p><a href="http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/hl-vs/iyh-vsv/index-eng.php" target="_blank" style="color:#0066cc;">It's Your Health</a>  <em>It's Your Health</em> (<abbr>IYH</abbr>) is a joint publication produced by Health Canada and the Public Health Agency of Canada that provides information you can trust on a wide range of health and safety issues. <a title="Link to read more about It's Your Health." href="https://www.canada.ca/en/health-canada/services/healthy-living/your-health/health-canada.html" style="color:#0066cc;">Read more about <em>It's Your Health</em></a>.</p><p><a href="https://www.publichealthontario.ca/en/BrowseByTopic/InfectiousDiseases/JustCleanYourHands/Pages/Just-Clean-Your-Hands.aspx" target="_blank" style="color:#0066cc;">Just Clean Your Hands - Public Health Ontario </a>- Launched by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC) in 2008, the multi-faceted, evidence-based Just Clean Your Hands (JCYH) program was developed to help reduce health care-associated infections and the spread of infection by providing focused education and tools for promotion, evaluation and auditing to health care providers.</p><p><a href="http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/dhp-mps/medeff/index-eng.php" target="_blank" style="color:#0066cc;">MedEffect - Health Product Safety </a> MedEffect Canada provides consumers, patients, and health professionals with easy access to: <a href="https://www.canada.ca/en/health-canada/services/drugs-health-products/medeffect-canada/adverse-reaction-reporting.html" style="color:#0066cc;">Report an adverse reaction or side effect</a>; <a href="https://www.canada.ca/en/health-canada/services/drugs-health-products/medeffect-canada/advisories-warnings-recalls.html" style="color:#0066cc;">Obtain new safety information on drugs and other health products</a>; and <a href="https://www.canada.ca/en/health-canada/services/drugs-health-products/medeffect-canada/adverse-reaction-reporting/adverse-reaction-reporting-adverse-reaction-reporting-information.html" style="color:#0066cc;">Learn and better understand the importance of reporting side effects</a>.</p><p><a href="https://www.mesotheliomaguide.com/mesothelioma/" target="_blank"><font color="#0066cc">Mesothelioma</font></a>  - is a rare and aggressive cancer that develops in the protective lining around the lungs, abdomen, and heart. It is caused by exposure to asbestos and can take 20-50 years to develop.</p>
On-Line ToolsOn-Line Tools<h4><a href="/LongTermCare/Pages/AFC-Other-Resources.aspx">Click here for m<span lang="EN-US"><span lang="EN-US">ore Age-Friendly Resources and Helpful Links to Services</span></span></a></h4><p><a href="https://www.canada.ca/en/services/benefits/publicpensions/cpp/retirement-income-calculator.html" target="_blank"><font color="#0066cc">Government of Canada - Canada Retirement Income Calculator</font></a>  The Canadian Retirement Income Calculator will provide you with retirement income information, including the Old Age Security (OAS) pension and Canada Pension Plan (CPP) retirement benefits.</p><p><a href="https://www.canada.ca/en/employment-social-development/services/my-account.html" style="color:#0066cc;">My Service Canada Account (MSCA)</a>  Provides convenient and secure access to view and update your Employment Insurance (<abbr>EI</abbr>), Canada Pension Plan (<abbr>CPP</abbr>), and Old Age Security (<abbr>OAS</abbr>) information online.</p><p><a href="http://www.aadnc-aandc.gc.ca/" target="_blank" style="color:#0066cc;">Indigenous Services Canada (ISC)</a>  works collaboratively with partners to improve access to high quality services for First Nations, Inuit and Métis. Our vision is to support and empower Indigenous peoples to independently deliver services and address the socio-economic conditions in their communities.</p><p><a href="https://www.cmhc-schl.gc.ca/" target="_blank" style="color:#0066cc;">Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporatio (CMHC)</a>  Backed by more than 70 years of experience, the CMHC works with community organizations, the private sector, non-profit agencies and all levels of government to help create innovative solutions to today's housing challenges, anticipate tomorrow's needs, and improve the quality of life for all Canadians. </p><p><a href="https://www.canada.ca/en/employment-social-development/services/student-financial-aid.html" target="_blank" style="color:#0066cc;">Government of Canada - CanLearn</a>  Information and tools designed to help you save, plan and pay for post-secondary education.</p><p><a href="https://www.canada.ca/en/employment-social-development/corporate/seniors/forum.html" target="_blank" style="color:#0066cc;">Government of Canada - Caregiver Information</a>  Over 8 million Canadians currently care for someone they know and this number is expected to increase as a result of Canada’s aging population. You will likely need to support someone you know who has a physical disability, a mental health challenge, a long-term illness or a degenerative disease. Caring for someone else often means juggling personal commitments, work, family time and care responsibilities.</p><p><a href="https://www.canada.ca/en/employment-social-development/programs/new-horizons-seniors.html" target="_blank"><font color="#0066cc">Government of Canada - New Horizons for Seniors Program</font></a>   The growth in the population of seniors in Canada is accelerating, with the total number of seniors projected to reach approximately 10 million by 2036. Empowering seniors, encouraging them to share their knowledge, skills and experience with others in the community, and enhancing seniors' social well-being and community vitality are goals of the New Horizons for Seniors Program. The Program provides grants and contributions funding for projects led or inspired by seniors who want to make a difference in the lives of others and in their communities.</p><p><a href="https://www.canada.ca/en/services/benefits/disability.html" target="_blank" style="color:#0066cc;">Government of Canada - People with Disabilities</a>   Includes information on disability pensions and children’s benefits, savings plans and a gasoline tax refund program.</p><p><span><a href="http://www.veterans.gc.ca/" target="_blank" style="color:#0066cc;">Government of Canada - Veteran Affairs Canada</a> </span></p><p><span><a href="http://www.fcac-acfc.gc.ca/Eng/forConsumers/lifeEvents/livingRetirement/Pages/livingor-vivreouv.aspx" target="_blank"><font color="#0066cc">Living or Travelling Abroad in Retirement</font></a>  Everything you need to know to prepare to leave Canada to live in a foreign country.  </span></p><p>​</p>
Revenue ServicesRevenue Services<h4><a href="/LongTermCare/Pages/AFC-Other-Resources.aspx">Click here for m<span lang="EN-US"><span lang="EN-US">ore Age-Friendly Resources and Helpful Links to Services</span></span></a></h4><p><a href="http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/esrvc-srvce/tx/ndvdls/netfile-impotnet/" target="_blank" style="color:#0066cc;">Canada Review Agency NETFILE</a>  NETFILE is an electronic tax-filing service that allows you to send your individual income tax and benefit return directly to the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) using the Internet <span lang="EN">and a NETFILE-certified software product</span><span lang="EN">.</span></p><p><span lang="EN"><span lang="EN"><a href="http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/seniors/" target="_blank" style="color:#0066cc;">Canada Revenue Agency (Seniors)</a>  Changes to your taxes when you retire or turn 65 years old.</span></span></p><p><span lang="EN"><span lang="EN"><span lang="EN"><span lang="EN"><a href="http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/tx/ndvdls/tpcs/pnsn-splt/menu-eng.html" target="_blank" style="color:#0066cc;">Pension Income Splitting</a>   You (the <a href="https://www.canada.ca/en/revenue-agency/services/tax/individuals/topics/pension-income-splitting.html#Pensioner" style="color:#0066cc;"> transferring spouse or common-law partner</a>) may be able to jointly elect with your spouse or common-law partner (the <a href="https://www.canada.ca/en/revenue-agency/services/tax/individuals/topics/pension-income-splitting.html#PensionTransferee" style="color:#0066cc;"> receiving spouse or common-law partner</a>) to split your eligible pension income if you meet <strong>all</strong> of the requirements.</span></span></span></span></p><p><span lang="EN"><span lang="EN"><span lang="EN"><span lang="EN"><a href="http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/rrsp/" target="_blank" style="color:#0066cc;">Registered Retirement Savings Plan (RRSP)</a>  Information for annuitants, contributors, or beneficiaries of registered plans for retirement, buying or building a qualified home, or continuing education. ​</span></span></span></span></p>
Safety and SecuritySafety and Security<h4><a href="/LongTermCare/Pages/AFC-Other-Resources.aspx">Click here for m<span lang="EN-US"><span lang="EN-US">ore Age-Friendly Resources and Helpful Links to Services</span></span></a></h4><p><a href="http://www.consumerinformation.ca/eic/site/032.nsf/eng/home"><font color="#0066cc">Canadian Consumer Handbook</font></a>  The Consumer Handbook is intended to help you become a better-informed and more confident consumer. It offers information on a wide range of topics such as online shopping, contracts, housing and home renovations, identity theft, collection agencies, and much more, to help you build your buying skills.</p><p><a href="/LongTermCare/Pages/Resident-and-Family-Safety.aspx" target="_blank" style="color:#0066cc;">County of Simcoe Long Term Care and Seniors Services Resident, Family and Staff Safety</a></p><p><a href="http://www.phac-aspc.gc.ca/seniors-aines/publications/public/injury-blessure/bruno-alice/index-eng.php" target="_blank" style="color:#0066cc;">Government of Canada - Bruno and Alice - A Love Story about Seniors and Safety​</a>  Injuries are responsible for the discomfort, hospitalization, disabilities, institutionalization, and even death of many Canadians in their senior years. A great number of these injuries are preventable and measures to prevent them should be the concern of health practitioners, governments and communities everywhere.  This series of twelve illustrated stories follows the whimsical romance of two active seniors who, through lack of prevention, end up in awkward situations and almost miss their rendez-vous with love. The stories offer insight into some of the <em>personal</em> preventive measures seniors can take to make their environment safer and prevent injuries.</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">Government of Canada - Preventing Falls in and Around Your Home</font></a>  Anyone can fall, but the risk of falling becomes greater with age. There are a number of simple steps you can take in and around your home to help prevent falls and the injuries caused by falling.</p><p><a href="http://www.seniors.gc.ca/eng/pie/eaa/resources.shtml"><font color="#0066cc">Resources on Elder Abuse</font></a></p><p><a href="https://www.canada.ca/en/employment-social-development/services/sin/reports/code-of-practice/annex-1.html" target="_blank"><font color="#0066cc">Social Insurance Number Protection</font></a><strong>  </strong>The Social Insurance Number Code of Practice Annex 1 - Fraud and identity theft: Do's and Don'ts to protect yourself and your SIN​</p>