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Age-Friendly Resources and Helpful Links to Services

Please click on the links below for lists of age-friendly resources and helpful links:



Civic Participation, Volunteerism, Employment, Intergenerational ActivitiesCivic Participation, Volunteerism, Employment, Intergenerational Activities<span>An age-friendly community should recognize and fulfill older adults' desire to contribute their skills in working, volunteering and participating in the political process and be actively engaged in community life.<p><a href=""><font color="#0066cc">Collingwood Public Library – Seniors Advisory Council </font></a> </p><p><a href=""><font color="#0066cc">City of Barrie Senior Advisory Committee </font></a> </p><p><a href=""><font color="#0066cc">Comfort Keepers</font></a><span lang="EN-US" style="text-decoration:underline;"> </span>– Interested in becoming a caregiver?</p><p><a href=""><font color="#0066cc">Dementia Friends Canada</font></a>- Become a Friend</p><p><a href="" target="_blank">Resources for Seniors Canada</a></p><p><a href="" target="_blank"><font color="#0066cc">Tay Township Seniors Advisory Committee</font></a></p><p><a href=""><font color="#0066cc">Township of Tiny Senior Advisory Committee</font></a></p><p><a href=""><font color="#0066cc">Volunteer Connection</font></a></p><p><a href=""><font color="#0066cc">Volunteer - Explore Volunteering at Find My Spark Ontario</font></a></p><p><a href=""><font color="#0066cc">Volunteer - Find My Spark video - Are you VolunCurious?</font></a></p><p><a href=""><font color="#0066cc">Volunteer - Looking for Volunteer Opportunities in Simcoe County?</font></a></p></span>
Communication / Information (accessibility services, government services, other)Communication / Information (accessibility services, government services, other)<span>An age-friendly community recognizes that information needs to be easily accessible and shared using different methods to make sure that information on important community events and services is delivered in formats appropriate for older adults with varying abilities and resources.<p><a href="" target="_blank">About Your Money Seniors – a free financial education seminar program for Canadian seniors</a></p><p><a href="" target="_blank"><font color="#0066cc">Aging with Confidence - Ontario's Action Plan for Seniors </font></a></p><p><a href="" target="_blank"><font color="#0066cc">Accessible Parking Application - Service Ontario</font></a></p><p><a href="" target="_blank"><font color="#0066cc">Accreditation Canada</font></a></p><p><a href="" target="_blank"><font color="#0066cc">Age-Friendly Communities Planning<span lang="EN-US" style="text-decoration:underline;"> Outreach Initiative</span></font></a>   </p><p><a href="/LongTermCare/Documents/AFC%20Finding%20the%20Right%20Fit%20Guide.pdf" target="_blank"><font color="#0066cc">Age-Friendly Community Planning - Finding The Right Fit</font></a> </p><p><a href="" 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><p><a href="" target="_blank"><font color="#0066cc">Assisted Device Exchange</font></a><span lang="EN-US" style="text-decoration:underline;"> </span></p><p><a href=""><font color="#0066cc">Assistive Device Program - March of Dimes </font></a></p><p>The Change Foundation is an independent health policy think-tank that works to inform positive change in Ontario's health care system with a firm commitment to <a href="">engaging the voices of patients</a>, <a href="">family caregivers</a> and <a href="">health and community care providers</a>.</p><p><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><p><a href="" target="_blank"><font color="#0066cc">GAATES Global Alliance on Accessible Technologies and Environments</font></a> </p><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="" target="_blank"><font color="#0066cc">Government of Canada Resources for Seniors</font></a></p><p><a href="" target="_blank"><font color="#0066cc">Helping Hands - Community Support Services for Seniors and Adults with Physical Disabilities</font></a></p><p><a href="" target="_blank"><font color="#0066cc">Home and Vehicle Modification Program</font></a><span lang="EN-US" style="text-decoration:underline;"> </span>– March of Dimes</p><p><a href="" target="_blank"><font color="#0066cc">Independent Living Services of Simcoe County and Area</font></a></p><p><a href=""><font color="#0066cc">Independent Living Services – Resource Centre</font></a></p><p><a href="" target="_blank"><font color="#0066cc">Info Simcoe County</font></a> - <strong>Need help</strong> finding services in your community? </p><p><a href="" target="_blank"><font color="#0066cc">Living Longer, Living Well: Highlights and Key Recommendations, Provincial Lead, Ontario Seniors Strategy</font></a></p><p><a href="" target="_blank">McMaster Optimal Aging Portal </a></p><p><a href="" target="_blank"><font color="#0066cc">Ministry of Health & Long Term Care – Seniors Services</font></a></p><p><a href="" target="_blank"><font color="#0066cc">Ministry of Seniors Affairs</font></a>  - Find the resources you need to stay independent, healthy and active.</p><p><a href="" target="_blank"><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. </p><p><a href="" target="_blank"><font color="#0066cc">Health Quality Ontario – Palliative Care Report</font></a></p><p><a href="/LongTermCare/Documents/Travelling%20Lawyer%20Service%20now%20Available%20for%20Seniors%20in%20Eastern%20Ontario.pdf" target="_blank"><font color="#0066cc">Travelling Lawyer Service Available for Seniors in Eastern Ontario</font></a> - If you or someone you know could benefit from the Seniors' Lawyer, you can call 613-966-8686 or 1-877-966-8686 or email <a href="" target="_blank"><font color="#0066cc"></font></a>.</p></span>
Health & Community Support Services (helplines, home care, advance care planning, connections to services, etc)Health & Community Support Services (helplines, home care, advance care planning, connections to services, etc)<p>In an age-friendly community health and social services should be available and easy to access by phone and in-person. <a href="">211 Ontario</a>  - Need help finding services in Ontario?<br><br><a href="" target="_blank">A Guide to Helping Senior Citizens Stay Safe at Home</a><br><br><a href="" target="_blank">Advance Care Planning - 5 Steps </a><br><br><a href="" target="_blank">Advance Care Planning Workbook - Speak up</a><br><br><a href="" target="_blank">A Guide to Programs and Services For Seniors In Ontario </a><br><br><a href="/LongTermCare/Documents/Guide2018Final.pdf" target="_blank">Alzheimer Society Simcoe County - Programs and Services Guide - January to June 2018</a><br><br><a href="" target="_blank">Assisted Device Exchange - Independent Living Services</a><span lang="EN-US"> </span> <br><br><a href="" target="_blank">Assistive Device Program - March of Dimes </a><br><br><a href="" target="_blank">Become a Caregiver - Senior Home Care throughout Canada</a><br><br><a href="" target="_blank">Caregivers - Ontario Information for Caregivers</a></p><p>The Change Foundation is an independent health policy think-tank that works to inform positive change in Ontario's health care system with a firm commitment to <a href="">engaging the voices of patients</a>, <a href="">family caregivers</a> and <a href="">health and community care providers</a>.<br><br><a href="" target="_blank">Choosing a Long-Term Care Home (Home and Community Care)</a><br><br><a href="" target="_blank">Comfort Keepers</a><br><br><a href="" target="_blank">Community Connection</a><span lang="EN-US">  </span>- Connecting people to services<br><br><a href="" target="_blank">Community-food-programs</a>   - Calendar of Free and Low Cost Meals<br><br>Dementia - Visit <a href="" target="_blank"></a> to read some personal accounts, take a quiz and make a pledge to spread awareness!<br><br><a href="" target="_blank">Dementia Friends Canada</a><span lang="EN-US"> </span>– Become a Friend<br><br><a href="" target="_blank">Eat food in Simcoe County</a> – Meal Programs<br><br><a href="" target="_blank">Eat Right Ontario</a> – Menu Planning<br><br><a href="" target="_blank">Elder Abuse Ontario</a><span lang="EN-US"> </span>– Help for Seniors<br><br><a href="" target="_blank">End of Life Planning and Care – OMA</a> <br><br><a href="" target="_blank">End of Life Care – Canada .ca</a> <br><br><a href="" target="_blank">End of Life Infographics Statistics – Ontario Medical Association</a> </p><p><a href="" target="_blank">Falls Prevention Information</a> - Simcoe Muskoka Integrated Fall Strategy -  Find information on falls prevention programs, services and resources for older adults and health care providers within Simcoe County and the District of Muskoka<br><br><a href="" target="_blank">Falls Prevention Information - Preventing Falls in and Around your Home</a> - Government of Canada<br><br><a href="" target="_blank">Finding Your Way Ontario - Staying Active and Staying Safe With Memory Loss</a><br><br><a href="" target="_blank">Grand Parent System Support Program (GSSP)</a> - Established in 2015 with the support of a 4 year grant awarded to Simcoe Community Services by the Ontario Trillium Foundation.  It was developed in response to the increased needs and unique challenges experienced by grandparents with the sole responsibility of raising their grandchildren.<br><br><a href="/LongTermCare/Documents/HWN-17-496_SpeechHearingandLanguageClinic_Flyer_V02_LR.pdf" target="_blank">Harmonize for Speech, Hearing and Language Clinic - Georgian College</a><br><br><a href="" target="_blank">HEALTHLINE</a>  OR CALL 310-2222<br><br><a href="" target="_blank">Home and Community care </a> or 1-888-721-2222 (was CCAC) – Connecting you with care<br><br><a href="" target="_blank">Helping Hands - Community Support Services for Seniors and Adults with Physical Disabilities</a><br><br><a href="" target="_blank">Hospices in Simcoe County</a> <br><br><a href="" target="_blank">Independent Living Services of Simcoe County and Area</a><br><br><a href="" target="_blank">Independent Living Services – Resource Centre</a><br><br><a href="" target="_blank">Mental Health Guides for Seniors and their Families</a></p><p><a href="" target="_blank">McMaster Optimal Aging Portal </a></p><p><a href="" target="_blank">North Simcoe Muskoka Healthline</a><br><br><a href="" target="_blank">North Simcoe Muskoka Specialized Geriatric Services</a> - Services include Behavioral Supports, Caregiver Supports, Healthy Living, Help at Home <br><br><a href="" 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) Tel: 1-888-321-0339</p><p><a href="" target="_blank">Resources for Seniors Canada</a></p><p><a href="" target="_blank">Resources for Seniors Ontario</a></p><p><a href="" target="_blank">Seniors for Seniors</a><br><br><a href="/LongTermCare/Documents/Community%20Directory.pdf" target="_blank">Simcoe County Community Directory</a><br><br><a href="/paramedicservices/Pages/paramedicine.aspx" target="_blank">Simcoe County Community Paramedicine</a><br><br> <a href="" target="_blank">Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit</a> - The Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit offers a wide range of programs and public health services focused on promoting and protecting health, and preventing disease, disability and injury. <br><br><a href="/LongTermCare/Documents/Volume1Issue1SMIFSNewsletterFinal.pdf" target="_blank">SMIFS - Simcoe Muskoka Integrated Fall Strategy</a> -  Community organizations working together for the health and wellbeing of seniors to provide an annual fall prevention conference for health care providers, an electronic inventory of programs, services and resources, to support the health and well-being of seniors, and more.  For more information on Fall Prevention: <a href="" target="_blank"></a> </p><p> </p>
Housing (home renovation, modifications, planning, accessibility, grants)Housing (home renovation, modifications, planning, accessibility, grants)<span>The availability of affordable housing that both meets the needs of people as they age and is in their community of choice is crucial to an age-friendly community.<p><a href="/_layouts/15/FIXUPREDIRECT.ASPX?WebId=a41fbfa1-82ca-4939-9932-d97b8d6ad3e9&TermSetId=fb933945-005d-43ad-bb62-b84ef1fa9284&TermId=f00d5d27-33fd-4a9a-8dfa-16036ccf3c5c" target="_blank"><font color="#0066cc">Apply for Home Repairs and Secondary Suites Funding - Social Housing</font></a> - Ontario Renovates Simcoe County</p><p><a href="" target="_blank"><font color="#0066cc">Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation: Aging in Place</font></a></p><p><a href="" target="_blank"><font color="#0066cc">Community Reach</font></a> </p><p><a href="" target="_blank"><font color="#0066cc">Healthy Home Renovation Tax Credit </font></a></p><p><a href="" target="_blank"><font color="#0066cc">Housing for Older Canadians: The Definitive Guide to the Over-55 Market</font></a></p><p><a href="" target="_blank"><font color="#0066cc">Home and Vehicle Modification Program</font></a><span lang="EN-US" style="text-decoration:underline;"> </span>– March of Dimes</p><p><a href="" target="_blank"><font color="#0066cc">Ontario Seniors Homeowners Property Tax Grant</font></a></p><p><a href="" target="_blank">Resources for Seniors Ontario</a></p><p><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><a href="/CorporateCommunications/Pages/progess-report-2016-06-27.aspx" target="_blank"><font color="#0066cc">Simcoe County Local Immigration Partnership</font></a></p></span>
Outdoor Spaces & Buildings (parks, roads, lighting, sidewalks, snow clearing)Outdoor Spaces & Buildings (parks, roads, lighting, sidewalks, snow clearing)<span>Age-friendly outdoor spaces and parks are those that are clean with outdoor seating, well maintained sidewalks, curbs to accommodate wheelchairs, accessible washrooms and pedestrian crossings. Buildings and businesses should be secure, welcoming and accessible with adequate elevators, stairs with railings, wide and automatic doors, wide aisles and accessible parking.<p><a href="/_layouts/15/FIXUPREDIRECT.ASPX?WebId=a41fbfa1-82ca-4939-9932-d97b8d6ad3e9&TermSetId=fb933945-005d-43ad-bb62-b84ef1fa9284&TermId=bfe6d3dc-d178-4d6e-b384-2785403b9df4"><font color="#0066cc">Recreational Use of the Simcoe County Forests</font></a> </p><p><a href="/Planning/Documents/Trails%20Strategy.pdf"><font color="#0066cc">Simcoe County Trails Strategy</font></a> </p><p><a href="/_layouts/15/FIXUPREDIRECT.ASPX?WebId=a41fbfa1-82ca-4939-9932-d97b8d6ad3e9&TermSetId=fb933945-005d-43ad-bb62-b84ef1fa9284&TermId=5c0c0ae5-4f77-4dd7-8ee1-b58ca314218d"><font color="#0066cc">County of Simcoe – Planning </font></a> </p><p><a href=""><font color="#0066cc">Radiated Heated Sidewalks</font></a> – 'Would Japan's Heated Sidewalks Work In Canada? Montreal Thinks So', February 9, 2015, <a href=""><font color="#0066cc">Terry Dawes</font></a></p></span>
Respect & Social InclusionRespect & Social Inclusion<span>An age-friendly community treats older adults with respect and is a place where older adults can feel safe with a sense of belonging. It fosters positive images of ageing and provides opportunities for different generations to integrate socially and challenge ageist stereotypes.<p><a href="" target="_blank"><font color="#0066cc">Elder Abuse Ontario</font></a><span lang="EN-US" style="text-decoration:underline;"> </span>– Help for Seniors</p><p><a href="" target="_blank"><font color="#0066cc">It's Not Right</font></a>  How you can identify abuse and help others at risk</p><p><a href="" target="_blank">Find a Seniors Active Living Centre-Near-You</a> </p><p><a href="" target="_blank"><font color="#0066cc">Fraud and Scams - What Every Older Canadian Should Know</font></a></p><p><a href="" target="_blank">Resources for Seniors Canada</a></p><p><a href="" target="_blank">Resources for Seniors Ontario</a></p><p><a href="" target="_blank"><font color="#0066cc">Safe Living Guide—A Guide to Home Safety for Seniors</font></a></p><p><a href="" target="_blank"><font color="#0066cc">Seniors Safety at Home</font></a></p><p><a href="" target="_blank"><font color="#0066cc">Seniors Guidebook to Safety and Security - RCMP</font></a></p><p><a href="" target="_blank"><font color="#0066cc">Senior Safety Line: 1-866-299-1011</font></a></p><p><a href="" target="_blank"><font color="#0066cc">Senior Wish Association - Barrie, Ontario</font></a></p></span>
Social ParticipationSocial Participation<p> </p><span><p>An age-friendly community should have affordable, accessible and conveniently located events, activities and opportunities for older adults to socialize. Social participation consists of joining in cultural, recreational, educational and spiritual activities within the community such as exercise classes, computer courses, local events like fairs, crafts, card games, etc.</p><p><a href="" target="_blank"><font color="#0066cc">Dancing Makes You Smarter</font></a></p><p><a href="" target="_blank">Find a Seniors Active Living Centre-Near-You</a> </p><p><a href="" target="_blank"><font color="#0066cc">Social Clubs in Simcoe County </font></a> - or Call 211 - to find out about social clubs in your area</p><p><a href="" target="_blank"><font color="#0066cc">Red Hat Society - Experience the Fun of RHS</font></a></p><p><a href="" target="_blank">Resources for Seniors Ontario</a></p></span>
TransportationTransportation<span><div aria-labelledby="ctl00_PlaceHolderMain_ctl04_label" style="display:inline;"><div><p>The availability, accessibility and affordability of different modes of transportation is key in providing older adults with the freedom and independence to get around their community. This can include reliance on forms of transportation like community vans, buses, taxis, and friends or family but can also include safety of personal.</p><p><a href="" target="_blank"><font color="#0066cc">Community Reach</font></a></p><p><a href="/_layouts/15/FIXUPREDIRECT.ASPX?WebId=a41fbfa1-82ca-4939-9932-d97b8d6ad3e9&TermSetId=fb933945-005d-43ad-bb62-b84ef1fa9284&TermId=33ce7abc-d57e-4534-932e-503f275b52fb" target="_blank"><font color="#0066cc">Community Transportation</font></a></p><p><a href="/CorporateCommunications/Pages/County-receives-provincial-funding-to-enhance-co-ordination-of-transportation-services.aspx" target="_blank"><font color="#0066cc">County of Simcoe Receives Provincial Funding to Enhance Co-ordination of Transportation Services</font></a></p><p><a href="" target="_blank">Resources for Seniors Ontario</a></p><p><a href="/Planning/Pages/transit-study.aspx"><font color="#0066cc">Simcoe County Transit Feasibility and Implementation Study</font></a></p></div></div> <div><div><div> <a class="testing" href="/_layouts/15/FIXUPREDIRECT.ASPX?WebId=a41fbfa1-82ca-4939-9932-d97b8d6ad3e9&TermSetId=fb933945-005d-43ad-bb62-b84ef1fa9284&TermId=6ab8a313-38b4-414b-8f19-232336e60fa6" target="_blank"><font color="#0066cc">Building an Age-Friendly Simcoe County</font></a> </div></div></div></span>