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Age-Friendly Community Highlights and Events

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​Volunteer Opportunity!Board Recruitment Poster Final March 2023.jpg

Independent Living Services (ILS) Simcoe County is looking for people with lived experience to become Board Members. We welcome applicants with relevant lived experience and candidates with a broad reflection of identities including Black, Indigenous, People of Colour, LGBTQ2SI+, age, abilities and socioeconomic background. Internationally trained professionals welcome. In our efforts to be inclusive, accommodations, accessible formats, and communication supports are available upon request.  Please contact jobs@ilssimcoe.ca or call (705) 737-3263.   Application Forms can also be found at:  Seeking Volunteer Board Members

ILS works to help adults with disabilities and seniors remain active members of their communities and thrive as independen​t individuals in their homes, we are seeking members with lived experience from communities throughout Simcoe County.

Community Connection - A discussion on Social Isolation and Social Connection in Simcoe County

Community Connection is a non-profit information and referral service accredited by the Alliance of Information and Referral Systems (AIRS). Our mission is to create and improve access to services for people.  The core areas of work are, providing call centre services for 211, a national 24/7 helpline that connects people to essential services; maintaining a database of community resources and supporting online directories for public access; and producing reports on community needs/trends, and service gaps to support community planning.  Another important area of our work is in our community where we are involved in numerous partnerships, shared service initiatives, and collective impact projects that are collaborative approaches to improve and support access to services for people. Several years ago, Community Connection established a volunteer program with the goal to connect volunteers to organizations and increase awareness of the impact of volunteering in our community.
A recent survey completed by more than 800 people over the age of 55 living in Simcoe County has provided insight to new perspectives on social engagement. The project team made up of a cross-sector of community leaders and service providers aimed to “Reducing Senior Social Isolation” in Simcoe County, surveyed seniors during the month of September 2021 for feedback on their level of social activity, their interests and how best to become or stay involved in th​​eir communities in meaningful ways.  
Click on the links below to view the survey and survey results:

211 - How to Access​​​​ Help During COVID-19 ​​​​

(click on the link to access the 211 website)

211 Ontario can help you find support ​during COVID-19.   211 Ontario is your primary source of information on government and community-based social services.  

Programs and services to help you through this pandemic: 

  • ​Do you fe​el over​​whelmed or anxious about COVID-19? Do you want information on mental health services to manage those feelings?
  • Are you experiencing financial pressure because of self-isolation measures?
  • Do you have questions about applying for Employment Insurance?
  • Do you need help getting groceries or running errands while you are at home sick or self-isolating?​

Simcoe Community Transportation Portal - www.ctlink.ca​ 

A partnership of trusted transportation providers, helping Simcoe County's vulnerable get the transportation they need and helping seniors and people with disabilities get transportation to non-urgent medical appointments.​​​

​​""​Hon. Merrilee Fullerton, Ministry of Long-Term Care with Jane Sinclair, Chair AdvantAge Ontario Board of Directors and General Manager, County of Simcoe Health and Emergency Services. 

Over 100 attendees from the business community, public and non-profit sectors, and academia joined the Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC) for a conference entitled "Ontario’s Aging Population" to mark National Seniors Day.   Jane Sinclair was asked to Moderate as Chair of Advantage Ontario and spoke to some of the County of Simcoe's key accomplishments and innovations; for example, Seniors Campus (Georgian Village); the County of Simcoe's Age- Friendly work on developing a Positive Aging Strategy; as well as the new Age-Friendly Business Recognition Program.

Finding Your Way Ontario  Finding Your Way Press Conference was held on September 20, 2019, Barrie ~ The Alzheimer Society of Ontario's Finding Your Way® is a province-wide program that helps individuals living with dementia, their families and care partners, and communities to recognize the risk of going missing, be prepared for incidents of wandering or going missing, and ensure that people with dementia can live safely in the community.

Georgian College Spa and Esthetics Clinic - Our state-of-the-art facility offers esthetics treatments by our students at reduced rates to the community.  July-August Treatments now available, click on the links below:

The Indigenous Independent Living Care Program provides culturally sensitive
homemaking and assisted living care services to older adults (55+) who selfidentify
as First Nation, Métis or Inuit. Some of the services include Homemaking Services such as light housekeeping, laundry, sweeping/mopping and dusting around the residence. Assisted Living Services include light housekeeping, personal hygiene care, medication support and meal preparation. Low Acuity Services include personal hygiene care and support. Serving the areas of Midland, Wasaga Beach and Collingwood.  Click here for the Indigenous Independent Living Care Program Referral Form for Print

Third Age Barrie - Life Long Learning Association - Learning is ageless…and so are you!!! Whether you are 50 or 95, we hope that learning for the sake of learning inspires you! Research has shown that people who continue to learn new things well into their retirement are healthier and happier than those who don’t. That’s the philosophy behind Third Age Barrie, known by most of us as TAB. We are a group of retirees just like you who are excited about life, learning and the opportunity to be vibrant contributors to society!

Third Age Learning for 50+ in Orillia -  Over 50? Looking for interesting and creative education opportunities to stimulate your mind – without the quizzes, grades and prerequisites?  The Department of Community Engagement and Lifelong Learning at Lakehead University Orillia is pleased to introduce Third Age Learning at Lakehead (TAL). Designed to provide creative and thought-provoking educational opportunities to adult learners in Orillia and surrounding area.

Virtual Seniors' Social - Museum Meet Ups - Every Tuesday and Thursday for the month of February3:00 – 3:30 p.m. Virtual Program. The Simcoe County Museum will be hosting a virtual educational series every Tuesday and Thursday guaranteed to pique your interest. Every Tuesday and Thursday for the month of February we will offer a Fascinating 30 minute talk on different topics related to Simcoe County. Join us for one or all four of these illuminating talks.

The series is free to join and both individuals and groups can attend.

Check our Events Calendar entries for theme details each month - updates will be done once themes and guest speakers are confirmed.​  Advisory: Seniors' Social at The Simcoe County Museum

L.E.A.D.S Program ~ Mondays at the Ramara Centre ~ 9:30am to 11:30am - a series of events (speakers and topics) related to our aging population - held at The Ramara Centre for seniors in the Township of Ramara.  Register by calling (705) 325-3091

Rendezvous Bistro at the Village Pub - Georgian Village in Penetanguishene