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By the year 2016, our province's older adult population will more than double to 4.1 million. That's just the beginning. During the next 25 years, our population of people 65 and over in Canada will double to 10.4 million, making seniors roughly one quarter of the population in 2036.[i]

Ontarians are living longer, healthier lives than ever before. Older adults have the same needs as people of all ages. Accessibility to health care and social services, public transportation, housing, safety and strong social networks all become more central to our lives as we age.[ii]

Simcoe County is experiencing rapid aging above national and provincial averages. The proportion of adults aged 65 and over in Simcoe County is15.7% of the population compared to 14.6% in Ontario and 14.8% in Canada.[iii]   Over the last five years, the proportion of adults aged 65+ has grown 18.3% in the whole County. 

 

 

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="https://www.barrie.ca/Living/Pages/AgeFriendlyCity.aspx" target="_blank"><font color="#0066cc">Age</font> Friendly Barrie</a> - Age-friendly cities provide access to services that enable everyone, not just seniors, to live full and productive lives.</p><p><a href="http://comfortkeepers.ca/"><font color="#0066cc">Comfort Keepers</font></a><span lang="EN-US" style="text-decoration:underline;"> </span>– Interested in becoming a caregiver?   We help maintain independence and quality of life with local, loving in-home care. Comfort Keepers® caregivers travel to clients’ homes to provide care services and living assistance, allowing seniors and disabled individuals to live comfortably and independently.</p><p><a href="http://www.dementiafriends.ca/"><font color="#0066cc">Dementia Friends Canada</font></a> - Dementia Friends Canada is a national campaign that’s helping Canadians to learn a little about dementia, and then turn that understanding into simple actions that can improve the lives of people living with dementia.</p><p><a href="https://www.canada.ca/en/employment-social-development/corporate/seniors/forum.html" target="_blank"><font color="#0066cc">Resources for Seniors Canada</font></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><p><a href="http://www.tay.ca/en/your-municipality/seniors-advisory-committee.asp" target="_blank"><font color="#0066cc">Tay Township Seniors Advisory Committee</font></a> - As a Committee of Council, the Tay Seniors Advisory Committee (TSAC) shall act as a liaison to enrich and enhance the lives of seniors in the Township, identify barriers, form partnerships with the community, and act as a public forum for issues affecting seniors.</p><p><a href="http://www.tiny.ca/Pages/Senior-Services.aspx">Township of Tiny Senior Advisory Committee</a> - The Township of Tiny is committed to exploring opportunities to enhance senior services.  Creating a community where older people are valued and can enjoy good health, happiness, and fulfillment is our priority.</p><p><a href="http://volunteerconnection.ca/"><font color="#0066cc">Volunteer Connection</font></a> - Volunteer Connection is a program that<strong> Community Connection</strong> runs to promote and support volunteerism in an effort to connect all people to meaningful volunteer opportunities.  Services include a referral and matching service for volunteer placement within the community for all ages, education and support for volunteers and community service agencies and organizations through topic and issue related workshops, and community outreach.</p><p><a href="http://www.findmyspark.ca/"><font color="#0066cc">Volunteer - Explore Volunteering at Spark Ontario</font></a> - By aggregating volunteer opportunities and other resources into a single, accessible website, SPARK encourages Ontarians make their communities better places to live and work through volunteering. By focusing on finding and promoting nontraditional volunteering opportunities AND engaging nontraditional volunteers, SPARK is forging new pathways in volunteering and inviting more Ontarians to join the circle of community.  <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H-mCRTW_5FU"><font color="#0066cc">Volunteer - Find My Spark video - Are you VolunCurious?</font></a> - Click to watch this YouTube video.  </p><p><a href="https://simcoecounty.cioc.ca/volunteer/"><font color="#0066cc">Volunteer - Looking for Volunteer Opportunities in Simcoe County?</font></a></p><p><a href="/LongTermCare/Pages/SMIFS-Simcoe-Muskoka-Cyber-Seniors-Program.aspx" target="_blank">Volunteer with the SMIFS Simcoe Muskoka Cyber Seniors Program</a> - The goal of this program is to increase family and social connectedness in seniors to reduce the risk of isolation.  The 14 week program introduces the senior to the basics of an iPad, then walks them through using email, texting, FaceTime or video calls, in an effort to make communication with family more accessible.  Facebook and YouTube will also be explored as will any other interest of the senior.  </p></span>
Communication / Information (accessibility services, government services, other)Communication / Information (accessibility services, government services, other)<p>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><p><a href="https://cba.ca/about-your-money-seniors?l=en-us" target="_blank">About Your Money Seniors</a> - Your Money Seniors is a set of three, free, one-hour, non-commercial seminars for Canadian seniors. Seminars are presented by local bankers who volunteer their time and expertise to deliver the seminar to seniors’ groups.<br><br><a href="https://www.ontario.ca/page/aging-confidence-ontario-action-plan-seniors" target="_blank">Aging with Confidence - Ontario's Action Plan for Seniors </a> - Read our plan to support seniors at all stages of life, so that they can remain independent, healthy and active, safe and socially connected.   <br><br><a href="https://www.ontario.ca/page/get-accessible-parking-permit" target="_blank">Accessible Parking Application - Service Ontario</a> - How to get an accessible parking permit. Accessible parking permits are issued to a person or business and not a vehicle.  Permit holders must have been in the vehicle and the permit displayed on the dashboard in order to park in an accessible parking space.  <br><br><a href="https://accreditation.ca/" target="_blank">Accreditation Canada</a> - Accreditation Canada is a not-for-profit organization that is dedicated to working with patients, policy makers and the public to improve the quality of health and social services for all.  Accreditation Canada works to bring the best of health care from around the world home (and vice versa) and works closely with health and social services organizations in Canada and abroad to develop a sustainable culture of improvement that betters safety and efficiency, working to save and improve lives. From the standards used to the frontline assessments conducted and everything in between, patients and families are full partners in what Accreditation Canada does.<br><br><a href="https://agefriendlyontario.ca/age-friendly-communities?_ga=1.236354758.637804926.1466620327" target="_blank">Age-Friendly Communities Planning<span lang="EN-US"> Outreach Initiative</span></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">Action Plan for Seniors</a> and the <a href="http://www.seniors.gov.on.ca/en/afc/guide.php">Finding the Right Fit AFC Planning Guide</a> and the AFC Planning Grant Program.  The AFC Planning Outreach Initiative builds on these initiatives. <br><br><a href="/LongTermCare/Documents/AFC%20Finding%20the%20Right%20Fit%20Guide.pdf" target="_blank">Age-Friendly Community Planning - Finding The Right Fit</a> - The Ontario Seniors’ Secretariat (OSS), the Accessibility Directorate of Ontario (ADO), the University of Waterloo and McMaster University worked together to develop this guide. For more information about the OSS and the ADO, please visit www.ontario.ca/seniors and www.ontario.ca/AccessON. <br><br><a href="/LongTermCare/Documents/Age-Friendly%20and%20Remote%20Communities%20-%20A%20Guide.pdf" target="_blank">Age-Friendly Rural and Remote Communities: A Guide</a> - In September 2006, the Federal/Provincial/Territorial (F/P/T) Ministers. Responsible for Seniors endorsed the Age-Friendly Rural/Remote Communities Initiative (AFRRCI). The Initiative has two main objectives: 1. to increase awareness of what seniors need to maintain active, healthy and productive lives within their communities by identifying indicators of agefriendly rural or remote communities; and 2. to produce a practical guide that rural and remote communities across Canada can use to identify common barriers, and to foster dialogue and action that supports the development of age-friendly communities.<br><br><a title="Taxes" href="http://alzheimersocietyblog.ca/caregiver-tax-guide-caregiver-tax-credit-questions-answered/" target="_blank">Alzheimer Society - Caregiver Tax Guide: Your caregiver tax credit questions, answered</a><br><br>Anti-Fraud Information:  <a href="http://www.competitionbureau.gc.ca/eic/site/cb-bc.nsf/vwapj/Little-Black-Book-Scams-2-e.pdf/$file/Little-Black-Book-Scams-2-e.pdf" target="_blank">Competition Bureau Canada - The Little Black Book of Scams</a> <br><br><a href="http://www.assistivedeviceexchange.ca/" target="_blank">Assisted Device Exchange</a><span lang="EN-US"> The Assistive Device Exchange (A.D.E.) is available to those who would like to sell or give-away an assistive device and to those who are looking for an assistive device to buy or find as a give away.</span><br><br><a href="http://www.marchofdimes.ca/EN/programs/adp/Pages/Adp.aspx">March of Dimes Assistive Devices Program</a> - March of Dimes Canada Assistive Devices Program assists adults with physical disabilities who are in financial need to purchase assistive devices that increase their mobility and functional independence.  The Program can help to buy, repair and maintain a wide variety of mobility or assistive equipment. The Program may also have contact information or resources to assist you in locating additional funding sources for disability management and return to work programs. <br><br><a href="http://www.antifraudcentre.ca/index-eng.htm" target="_blank">Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre</a> - The Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre (CAFC) is the central agency in Canada that collects information and criminal intelligence on such matters as mass marketing fraud (e.g., telemarketing), advance fee fraud (e.g., West African letters), Internet fraud and identification theft complaints.<br><br>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="http://www.changefoundation.ca/patient-engagement-overview/">engaging the voices of patients</a>, <a href="http://www.changefoundation.ca/family-caregivers-overview/">family caregivers</a> and <a href="http://www.changefoundation.ca/integration-of-care-summary/">health and community care providers</a>.<br><br><a href="/CorporateCommunications/Pages/library-link-2016-01-05.aspx" target="_blank">County of Simcoe Launches Library Link Pilot Project </a>- The County of Simcoe launched a  pilot project called Library Link. The initiative establishes community libraries as welcoming hubs in Simcoe County to help immigrants feel at home, access materials in different languages, and find local community information and referral support.<br><br><a href="http://www.clearingourpath.ca/" target="_blank">CNIB - Clearing Our Path </a>- a definitive resource for guidelines and industry best practice for creating accessible buildings and environments for people who are blind or partially sighted<br><br><a href="http://alzheimer.ca/en/on/We-can-help/First-link" target="_blank">First Link®</a> - Whether you are living with Alzheimer's disease, another form of dementia, or supporting someone who is, our First Link® program connects you and your family to your local Alzheimer Society programs and other community services. First Link is about helping you and your family make informed choices so you can live better with dementia at every stage of the disease. Connecting with First Link means you can:  Receive one-on-one or group support; Be referred to local healthcare providers and community services; Meet other people in similar circumstances and exchange experiences; get the help you need to plan your future.<br><br><a href="http://gaates.org/projects/" target="_blank">(GAATES) Global Alliance on Accessible Technologies and Environments</a> - is the leading international organization dedicated to the promotion of accessibility of the built and virtual environments and to promoting the Guiding Principles of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD).</p><p><a href="/LongTermCare/Documents/Global_age_friendly_cities_Guide_English.pdf" target="_blank">Global Age-Friendly Cities - A Guide by<font color="#000000"> (WHO) World Health Organization</font></a> -  An age-friendly city encourages active ageing by optimizing opportunities for health, participation and security in order to enhance quality of life as people age.  In practical terms, an age-friendly city adapts its structures and services to be accessible to and inclusive of older people with varying needs and capacities.</p><p><a href="http://helpinghandsorillia.ca/" target="_blank">Helping Hands - Community Support Services for Seniors and Adults with Physical Disabilities</a> - Helping Hands maintains a unique service model by providing a wide range of home care and community support services for seniors and adults with a physical disability. These services are subsidized by government funding and utilize the generosity of volunteers. By relying on volunteers, Helping Hands is able to keep its costs as affordable as possible.</p><p><a href="http://www.hqontario.ca/Portals/0/documents/system-performance/palliative-care-report-en.pdf" target="_blank">Health Quality Ontario – Palliative Care Report</a> - At Health Quality Ontario, palliative care is one of three areas of emerging focus in our new strategic plan (along with mental health and addictions care and primary care). This report bolsters our understanding of the palliative care services that Ontarians receive at the end of their life – such as those in hospital, in the home (including home visits from doctors) and unplanned visits to the emergency department. </p><p><a href="http://www.marchofdimes.ca/EN/programs/hvmp/Pages/HomeandVehicle.aspx" target="_blank">Home and Vehicle Modification Program (March of Dimes Canada)</a><span lang="EN-US"> - March of Dimes Canada's Home & Vehicle Modification Program provides funding for basic home and/or vehicle modifications. The program is intended to assist permanent Ontario residents with a substantial impairment expected to last one year or more, with their disability management. </span><br><br><a href="http://www.ilssimcoe.ca/" target="_blank"><font color="#0066cc">Independent Living Services of Simcoe County and Area</font></a> - As the Independent Living Services of Simcoe County & Area assists individuals with physical disabilities or limitations to live independently in our community by offering a variety of personal support services as well as works collaboratively with community members to make Simcoe County a welcoming place for all citizens.   <a href="http://ilssimcoe.ca/programs/accessibility-resource-centre-%28arc%29">Independent Living Services of Simcoe County and Area – Resource Centre</a><br><br><a href="http://www.infosimcoecounty.ca/" target="_blank">Info Simcoe County</a> - Need help finding services in your community? </p><p><a href="http://www.carp.ca/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/Living-Well-Living-Longer.pdf" target="_blank">Living Longer, Living Well: Highlights and Key Recommendations, Provincial Lead, Ontario Seniors Strategy</a> -  Highlights and Key Recommendations from the Report Submitted to the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care and the Minister Responsible for Seniors on recommendations to inform a Seniors Strategy for Ontario<br><br><a href="https://www.mcmasteroptimalaging.org/" target="_blank"><font color="#0066cc">McMaster Optimal Aging Portal </font></a>- Your source for healthy aging information <br><br><a href="http://www.health.gov.on.ca/en/public/programs/ltc/default.aspx" target="_blank">Government of Ontario, Ministry of Health & Long Term Care – Home, Community and Residential Care Services</a><br><br><a href="https://www.ontario.ca/page/ministry-seniors-affairs/" target="_blank">Ministry of Seniors Affairs</a>  - Find the resources you need to stay independent, healthy and active.<br><br><a href="http://www.ocsco.ca/home-old?404" target="_blank">Ontario Society of Senior Citizens Organizations</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. <br><br><a href="https://www.canada.ca/en/employment-social-development/corporate/seniors/forum.html" target="_blank"><font color="#0066cc">Resources for Seniors Canada</font></a> - (Government of Canada) 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><p><a href="/LongTermCare/Documents/Travelling%20Lawyer%20Service%20now%20Available%20for%20Seniors%20in%20Eastern%20Ontario.pdf" target="_blank">Travelling Lawyer Service Available for Seniors in Eastern Ontario</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="mailto:calc@lao.on.ca" target="_blank">calc@lao.on.ca</a>.<br><br></p>
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. These services should also meet the range of needs older adults might have. </p><p><a href="http://www.211ontario.ca/" target="_blank">211 Ontario</a>  - Need help finding services in Ontario?</p><p><a href="http://www.seniors.gov.on.ca/en/seniorsguide/index.php" target="_blank"><font color="#0066cc">A Guide to Programs and Services For Seniors In Ontario </font></a>- Find information on resources available for seniors in Ontario, including tax credits, health, caregiving, housing, driving and staying safe.</p><p><a href="https://www.activeagingcanada.ca/">Active Aging Canada </a> subscribes to the World Health Organization’s (WHO) definition of active living as: A way of life in which physical, social, mental, emotional and spiritual activities are valued and are integrated into daily living.<strong>  </strong>Active Aging Canada sees its role within the scope of this broad and inclusive definition, with its primary focus is on the promotion of physical activity, while recognizing the critical linkages of physical health with social, mental, emotional and spiritual well-being.</p><p><a href="http://www.advancecareplanning.ca/" target="_blank">Advance Care Planning - 5 Steps </a>- Advance Care Planning is a process of thinking about and sharing your wishes for future health care. It can help you tell others what would be important if you were ill and unable to communicate. Click here to read about the <br><a href="http://www.myspeakupplan.ca/" target="_blank">Advance Care Planning Workbook - Speak up</a><br><br><a title="Taxes" href="http://alzheimersocietyblog.ca/caregiver-tax-guide-caregiver-tax-credit-questions-answered/" target="_blank">Alzheimer Society - Caregiver Tax Guide: Your caregiver tax credit questions, answered</a></p><p><a href="/LongTermCare/Documents/Guide2018Final.pdf" target="_blank">Alzheimer Society Simcoe County - Programs and Services Guide - January to June 2018</a></p><p><a href="https://www.asbestos.com/mesothelioma/" target="_blank">Asbestos.com - A world of support for families affected by mesothelioma</a> - Mesothelioma is a rare asbestos-related cancer that affects nearly 3,000 people each year in the United States, and it forms on the linings of the lungs, abdomen or heart.</p><p><a href="http://www.awhl.org/about-us" target="_blank">Assaulted Women's Helpline 24/7 Tel: 1-866-863-0511 </a> (<a href="http://www.awhl.org/about-us">http://www.awhl.org/about-us</a>)  For over 30 years, the Assaulted Women’s Helpline has served as a free, anonymous and confidential 24-hour telephone and TTY crisis telephone line to all women in the province of Ontario who have experienced any form of abuse.  We provide crisis counselling, safety planning, emotional support, information and referrals accessible 7 days a week, 365 days a year.  We work in tandem with community partners and sister agencies towards bridging gaps in service and identifying emerging issues or trends relevant to the women we work with.</p><p><a href="http://www.assistivedeviceexchange.com/" target="_blank"><font color="#0066cc">Assisted Device Exchange</font></a> - The Assistive Device Exchange (A.D.E.) is available to those who would like to sell or give-away an assistive device and to those who are looking for an assistive device to buy or find as a give away.</p><p><a href="http://www.assistivedeviceexchange.ca/" target="_blank">Assisted Devices Exchange - Independent Living Services</a><span lang="EN-US"> - Independent Living Services of Simcoe County & Area (ILS) is a charitable organization that was created in 1976 to provide support and services to people with physical disabilities or limitations in Simcoe County and area and to assist individuals to lead dignified, productive, and independent lives. ILS has always promoted and encouraged opportunities for participation in our communities. </span></p><p><span lang="EN-US"><a href="http://www.uwo.ca/ccaa/"><font color="#0066cc">Canadian Centre for Activity and Ageing</font></a> - The CCAA is proud to be Canada’s leader in current research and program development for improved physical ability and healthy aging for older adults within the <a href="http://www.uwo.ca/fhs/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer"><font color="#0066cc">Faculty of Health Science</font></a> at Western University.</span><br></p><p><a href="http://www.csep.ca/en/about-csep/about-the-canadian-society-for-exercise-physiology" target="_blank"><strong>Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology (CSEP)</strong> </a> A voluntary organization composed of professionals interested and involved in the scientific study of exercise physiology, exercise biochemistry, fitness and health. CSEP (then known as the Canadian Association of Sport Sciences), was founded at the Pan American Games, Winnipeg, Manitoba in 1967 - the result of four years of cooperative efforts by the Canadian Medical Association and the Canadian Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance.</p><p><a href="http://www.seniors.gc.ca/eng/sb/caregivers/on/index.shtml" 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="http://www.changefoundation.ca/patient-engagement-overview/" target="_blank">engaging the voices of patients</a>, <a href="http://www.changefoundation.ca/family-caregivers-overview/" target="_blank">family caregivers</a> and <a href="http://www.changefoundation.ca/integration-of-care-summary/" target="_blank">health and community care providers</a>.</p><p><a href="https://www.carrotrewards.ca/home/">Carrott Rewards</a> - Rewards Program App - Complete healthy offers and be rewarded for making healthy lifestyle choices. </p><p><a href="http://www.clearingourpath.ca/" target="_blank">CNIB - Clearing Our Path </a>- a definitive resource for guidelines and industry best practice for creating accessible buildings and environments for people who are blind or partially sighted</p><p><a href="http://healthcareathome.ca/nsm/en/performance/Documents/LTC%20Waitlist%20Report_for%20web.pdf" target="_blank">Choosing a Long-Term Care Home (Home and Community Care)</a><br><br><a href="http://comfortkeepers.ca/" target="_blank">Comfort Keepers</a> - We help maintain independence and quality of life with local, loving in-home care. Comfort Keepers® caregivers travel to clients’ homes to provide care services and living assistance, allowing seniors and disabled individuals to live comfortably and independently.<br><br><a href="http://www.communityconnection.ca/" target="_blank">Community Connection</a><span lang="EN-US">  </span>- Need help finding services in your community?<br><br><a href="http://www.communityconnection.ca/community-food-programs.page.46.html" target="_blank">Community-food-programs</a>   - Calendar of free and low cost meals<br><br>Dementia - <a href="https://ilivewithdementia.ca/" target="_blank">I Live With Dementia - </a><a href="http://www.ilivewithdementia.ca/" target="_blank">www.ilivewithdementia.ca</a> click on link to read some personal accounts, take a quiz and make a pledge to spread awareness.<br><br><a href="http://www.dementiafriends.ca/" target="_blank">Dementia Friends Canada</a><span lang="EN-US"> </span>– Dementia Friends Canada is a national campaign that’s helping Canadians to learn a little about dementia, and then turn that understanding into simple actions that can improve the lives of people living with dementia.</p><p><a href="https://foodinsimcoe.cioc.ca/" target="_blank">Eat food in Simcoe County</a> – Online Access to Information about food policy, nutritious and affordable food access and security in Simcoe County<br><br><a href="http://www.eatrightontario.ca/en/MenuPlanner.aspx" target="_blank">Unlock Food.ca</a> – UnlockFood.ca (formerly <a href="http://www.unlockfood.ca/en/Articles/Promotional-Material/Government-Funding-to-maintain-EatRight-Ontario-se"><font color="#0066cc">EatRightOntario.ca</font></a>) is a bilingual award winning website brought to you by Dietitians of Canada.  On UnlockFood.ca you’ll find information on nutrition, food and healthy eating as well as recipes, videos and interactive healthy eating tools.  The content is written and reviewed by dietitians using the trusted information in the <a href="https://www.pennutrition.com/index.aspx" target="_blank"><font color="#0066cc">Practice-based Evidence in Nutrition (PEN<strong><sup>®</sup></strong>) database</font></a>. </p><p><span style="color:black;font-family:"arial",sans-serif;font-size:12pt;"><a href="https://dealspotr.com/article/how-to-senior-proof-your-home" target="_blank"><font color="#0066cc">Eighty Plus Tips, Resources, and Discounts - making our homes safer for seniors to live in - Dealspotr.com</font></a> - For a variety of reasons, our elders often move in with us or need help making their own homes safer as they grow older. In either case, there are numerous ways we can ensure their safety in the home. </span></p><p><a href="http://www.elderabuseontario.com/" target="_blank">Elder Abuse Ontario</a><span lang="EN-US"> </span>– Elder Abuse Ontario (formerly known as ONPEA, The Ontario Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse) is a provincial, charitable, non-profit organization focused on supporting the implementation of <strong>The Ontario Strategy to Combat Elder Abuse</strong> and has been doing so since 2002.   The framework of the Strategy focuses on service coordination, building local capacity of front-line workers, caregivers, and community networks, by providing public education and training of professionals/service providers and families of seniors, to raise awareness around elder abuse issues.</p><p><a href="http://www.ontariosdoctors.com/end-of-life-planning-care/" target="_blank">End of Life Planning and Care – OMA</a> - Ontario’s doctors are committed to ensuring the highest quality of life possible during your end of life. The Ontario Medical Association has developed a Framework for End-of-Life Care that identifies the key elements for high quality end of life care.  With some reflection, dialogue, planning and access to palliative care, we can improve patients’ and family experiences at end of life. The elements are outlined on this web page with links to resources and tools related to preparing for end-of-life. <br><br><a href="https://www.canada.ca/en/health-canada/topics/end-life-care.html" target="_blank">End of Life Care – Canada .ca</a> - About end-of-life care, including palliative and medical assistance in dying.<br><br><a href="http://www.fallspreventioninfo.ca/" 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="http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/hl-vs/iyh-vsv/life-vie/fp-pc-eng.php" target="_blank">Falls Prevention Information - Preventing Falls in and Around your Home</a> - Government of Canada - It's Your Health - This article was produced in collaboration with the Public Health Agency of Canada.</p><p><a href="http://findingyourwayontario.ca/living-safely-with-dementia/?t=1&cn=ZmxleGlibGVfcmVjcw%3D%3D&refsrc=email&iid=b4392a68cf704d88bfff3403a34a8cb5&uid=3384630430&nid=244+272699400">Finding Our Way - Living with Dementia</a>: The risks when people with dementia go missing are high in the cold winter months.  It can also happen without warning. Disorientation and confusion can impact someone who is living with dementia, even close to home.</p><p><a href="http://findingyourwayontario.ca/" target="_blank">Finding Your Way Ontario - Staying Active and Staying Safe With Memory Loss</a> - Finding Your Way®<font style="font-size:100%;">  helps people living with dementia, their families, caregivers and communities to recognize the risk of going missing, be prepared for incidents of going missing, and ensure that people with dementia can live safely in the community.</font></p><p><a href="http://alzheimer.ca/en/on/We-can-help/First-link" target="_blank">First Link®</a> - Whether you are living with Alzheimer's disease, another form of dementia, or supporting someone who is, our First Link<sup>®</sup> program connects you and your family to your local Alzheimer Society programs and other community services. First Link is about helping you and your family make informed choices so you can live better with dementia at every stage of the disease. Connecting with First Link means you can:  Receive one-on-one or group support; Be referred to local healthcare providers and community services; Meet other people in similar circumstances and exchange experiences; get the help you need to plan your future.</p><p><a href="https://www.simcoecommunityservices.ca/grandparent-system-support-program/" 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.</p><p><a href="/LongTermCare/Documents/HWN-17-496_SpeechHearingandLanguageClinic_Flyer_V02_LR.pdf" target="_blank">Harmonize for Speech, Hearing and Language Clinic - Georgian College</a> - The Harmonize for Speech, Hearing and Language Clinic at Georgian College is a valuable community resource for speech, language and hearing services. Communicative Disorders Assistant students provide speech-language and hearing services to clients under the supervision of the clinic speech-language pathologist and/or audiologist.<br><br><a href="http://healthcareathome.ca/nsm/en/news/Pages/Connecting%20You%20With%20Care.aspx" target="_blank">Home and Community Care </a> or 1-888-721-2222 (formerly CCAC) – Anyone can call to find out about home and community care services. We have a responsive team of staff who are able to answer your questions and help you access the care you need.  There are a variety of <a href="http://healthcareathome.ca/nsm/en/Lists/Publications"><font color="#0066cc">supportive resources</font></a> available on home and community care services, including a Guide to our Services, and a Support Guide for Caregivers.  All home care services and staff from the North Simcoe Muskoka Community Care Access Centre (NSM CCAC) transferred to the NSM Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) on May 3rd, 2017. This is part of <a href="http://health.gov.on.ca/en/ms/ecfa/healthy_change/"><font color="#0066cc">Ontario's Patients First: Action Plan for Health Care</font></a> which is increasing access to care, reducing wait times and improving the patient experience. </p><p><a href="http://helpinghandsorillia.ca/" target="_blank">Helping Hands</a> - Helping Hands maintains a unique service model by providing a wide range of home care and community support services for seniors and adults with a physical disability. These services are subsidized by government funding and utilize the generosity of volunteers. By relying on volunteers, Helping Hands is able to keep its costs as affordable as possible.<br><br><a href="https://simcoecounty.cioc.ca/results.asp?STerms=hospices&SType=A&CMType=S&OComm=&OCommID" target="_blank">Hospices in Simcoe County</a> - A complete Directory of Hospices in Simcoe County<br><br><a href="http://www.ilssimcoe.ca/" target="_blank">Independent Living Services of Simcoe County and Area</a> -  As the Independent Living Services of Simcoe County & Area assists individuals with physical disabilities or limitations to live independently in our community by offering a variety of personal support services as well as works collaboratively with community members to make Simcoe County a welcoming place for all citizens.<br><br><a href="http://ilssimcoe.ca/programs/accessibility-resource-centre-%28arc%29" target="_blank">Independent Living Services – Resource Centre</a> - This Centre serves Seniors 65+ and 55+ with age related illness at no charge across Simcoe County and Muskoka.  ARC was established to provide guidance and information to seniors as they take necessary steps required to remain in their own homes as they age.  ARC educates and assists people by searching out the best solutions for their unique needs and is intended to complement and support existing health care services.</p><p><a href="http://www.marchofdimes.ca/EN/programs/adp/Pages/Adp.aspx" target="_blank"><font color="#0066cc">March of Dimes Assistive Devices Program</font></a> - <span style="line-height:1.6em;">March of Dimes Canada Assistive Devices Program assists adults with physical disabilities who are in financial need to purchase assistive devices that increase their mobility and functional independence.  The Program can help to buy, repair and maintain a wide variety of mobility or assistive equipment. The Program may also have contact information or resources to assist you in locating additional funding sources for disability management and return to work programs.</span></p><p><a href="http://ccsmh.ca/booklet/" target="_blank">Mental Health Guides for Seniors and their Families</a> - The mission of the CCSMH is to promote the mental health of seniors by connecting people, ideas and resources. </p><p><a href="https://www.mcmasteroptimalaging.org/" target="_blank">McMaster Optimal Aging Portal </a>- Your source for healthy aging information </p><p><a href="http://www.nsmsgs.ca/" target="_blank">North Simcoe Muskoka Specialized Geriatric Services</a> - Services include Behavioral Supports, Caregiver Supports, Healthy Living, Help at Home </p><p><a href="http://nsmhealthline.ca/" target="_blank"><font color="#0066cc">nsmhealthline.ca</font></a>  (310-2222) - North Simcoe Muskoka Healthline is an innovative website that puts accurate and up-to-date information about health services at the fingertips of consumers and health care providers across the North Simcoe Muskoka region of Ontario. nsmhealthline.ca provides easy access to a reliable source of data, and empowers consumers to find the services they need close to home.<br><br><a href="http://patientombudsman.ca/" 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="https://www.canada.ca/en/employment-social-development/corporate/seniors/forum.html" target="_blank">Resources for Seniors Canada</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><p><a href="https://www.ontario.ca/page/information-seniors" target="_blank">Resources for Seniors Ontario</a> - See what programs and services are available to help you lead a healthy, active and engaged life over 65.</p><p><a href="http://seniorsforseniors.ca/services" target="_blank">Seniors for Seniors</a> - Our companions come from a variety of backgrounds and professions and include retired nurses, business people, social workers, teachers, personal support workers, homemakers and paramedics. While their backgrounds may vary, all of our mature companions share the desire and passion to assist seniors in living happier more independent lives in the comfort of their home, retirement home, assisted living facility or nursing home.<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> - These programs promote Paramedics to work in collaboration with other health care professionals and community agencies to connect patients with needed health and community services. These connections assist patients to participate in their care, maintain independence and promote involvement in their communities. <br><br> <a href="http://www.simcoemuskokahealth.org/" 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="http://www.fallspreventioninfo.ca/" target="_blank">fallspreventioninfo.ca</a> </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="https://www.asbestos.com/mesothelioma/" target="_blank">Asbestos.com - A world of support for families affected by mesothelioma</a> - Mesothelioma is a rare asbestos-related cancer that affects nearly 3,000 people each year in the United States, and it forms on the linings of the lungs, abdomen or heart.</p><p><a href="http://www.assistivedeviceexchange.com/" target="_blank">Assisted Device Exchange</a> - The Assistive Device Exchange (A.D.E.) is available to those who would like to sell or give-away an assistive device and to those who are looking for an assistive device to buy or find as a give away.</p><p><a href="http://www.communityreach.ca/" target="_blank">Community Reach</a> - Community Reach North Simcoe is a charitable organization that has been offering transportation programs since 2004. With a history of innovative programming in a variety of areas including Transportation, Housing and Volunteer Programs the organization has always responded to community needs.</p><p><a href="https://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/progess-report-2016-06-27.aspx" target="_blank">County of Simcoe Local Immigration Partnership releases Community Settlement Strategy Progress Report </a>- The Progress Report highlights community success stories, underlines remaining priorities, and provides recommendations for further community engagement. </p><p><a href="https://www.ontario.ca/page/healthy-homes-renovation-tax-credit" target="_blank"><font color="#0066cc">Healthy Home Renovation Tax Credit (Ontario Government) </font></a>- As a senior 65 years or older in Ontario, you could qualify for a tax credit to help with the cost of making your home safer and more accessible.</p><p><font color="#0066cc"><a href="http://publications.gc.ca/collections/collection_2013/schl-cmhc/NH15-295-4-2012-eng.pdf" target="_blank">Housing for Older Canadians: The Definitive Guide to the Over-55 Market</a> </font></p><p><a href="http://www.marchofdimes.ca/EN/programs/hvmp/Pages/HomeandVehicle.aspx" target="_blank"><font color="#0066cc">Home and Vehicle Modification Program - March of Dimes Canada</font></a> - March of Dimes Canada's Home & Vehicle Modification Program provides funding for basic home and/or vehicle modifications. The program is intended to assist permanent Ontario residents with a substantial impairment expected to last one year or more, with their disability management.</p><p><span style="color:black;font-family:"arial",sans-serif;font-size:12pt;"><span style="color:black;font-family:"arial",sans-serif;font-size:12pt;"><a href="https://dealspotr.com/article/how-to-senior-proof-your-home" target="_blank"><font color="#0066cc">Eighty Plus Tips, Resources, and Discounts - making our homes safer for seniors to live in - Dealspotr.com</font></a> - For a variety of reasons, our elders often move in with us or need help making their own homes safer as they grow older. In either case, there are numerous ways we can ensure their safety in the home. </span></span></p><p><a href="http://www.fin.gov.on.ca/en/credit/shptg/index.html" target="_blank"><font color="#0066cc">Ontario Seniors Homeowners Property Tax Grant</font></a> - If you're a low-to-moderate income senior, you may be eligible for up to $500 back on your property taxes.</p><p><a href="https://www.ontario.ca/page/information-seniors" target="_blank">Ageing Well - Resources for Seniors Ontario</a> - See what programs and services are available to help you lead a healthy, active and engaged life over 65.</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> - The 10-Year Affordable Housing and Homelessness Prevention Strategy outlines the strategic opportunities and priority activities to be implemented by the County of Simcoe and its municipal partners between Janu­ary 1, 2014 and January 1, 2024. </p></span>
The Rapid Aging of Simcoe CountyThe Rapid Aging of Simcoe County<p>Simcoe County experienced substantial growth and development during the census period from 2006 to 2011, increasing from 422,204, to 446,063, a population change of 5.7%.<a href="/LongTermCare/Pages/Age-Friendly-Community%20Pathway.aspx#References"></a><sup><a href="/LongTermCare/Pages/AFC-References.aspx" target="_blank"><font color="#0066cc" size="2">[v]</font></a></sup>  </p><p><img src="/LongTermCare/PublishingImages/dpt/ltc/simcoe/5-Year%20Growth%20in%20Older%20Pop.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:575px;height:288px;" /><br> This County's AFC Seniors' Strategy Framework will not be developed in isolation but will align with all core business areas of the County including participation by the Accessibility Advisory Committee. The framework will cover rural and diverse communities where planning has not begun, as well as build on all of the good work already underway by organizations within our communities to target opportunities for senior service enhancements that fall within the eight (8) WHO dimensions: </p><ol style="list-style-type:decimal;"><li>Outdoor Spaces/Public Buildings</li><li>Transportation</li><li>Housing</li><li>Social Participation</li><li>Respect and Social Inclusion</li><li>Civic Participation and Employment</li><li>Communication and Information</li><li>Community Support and Health Services</li></ol><p>​In an age-friendly community, policies, services, settings and structures support and enable people to remain active as they age.<sup><a href="/LongTermCare/Pages/AFC-References.aspx" target="_blank"><font color="#0066cc" size="2">[vi]</font></a></sup> The County has the capacity and ability to set a regional seniors strategy framework in motion that would guide the lower municipalities, separated cities, first nations and rural communities that reside within its geographical area. This can be achieved by engaging and involving cross sections of its population in collaborating to work on adopting an approach to age friendliness in the County. </p><h2><span></span>Economic Benefits</h2><p>The demographic reality is that the younger generations no longer represent the biggest growth market.<sup><font color="#0066cc" size="2">[iv]</font></sup> Rather, baby boomers, who comprise the 'senior surge', will not only be numerically superior over the coming decades but will also control the bulk of wealth and spending.   ​</p>
Respect & Social InclusionRespect & Social Inclusion<span><p>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><p style="text-align:center;"><a href="http://www.elderabuseontario.com/" target="_blank"><font color="#0066cc"><strong>Senior Safety Line: 1-866-299-1011 (Elder Abuse Ontario)</strong></font></a><strong> </strong>- Elder Abuse Ontario envisions an Ontario where seniors are free from abuse, have a strong voice and are safe and respected.</p><p><a href="https://www.ontario.ca/page/find-seniors-active-living-centre-near-you?utm_source=shortlinks&utm_medium=web&utm_campaign=dfwu" target="_blank"><font color="#0066cc">Active Living Centres - Find a Seniors Active Living Centre-Near-You - Government of Ontario</font></a> - Seniors Active Living Centres offer social, cultural, learning and recreational programs for seniors that promote health and well-being.  Use the map to find a centre near you by city, address or postal code.</p><p><a href="http://www.elderabuseontario.com/" target="_blank"><font color="#0066cc">Elder Abuse Ontario</font></a><span lang="EN-US" style="text-decoration:underline;"> </span>– Elder Abuse Ontario (formerly known as ONPEA, The Ontario Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse) is a provincial, charitable, non-profit organization focused on supporting the implementation of The Ontario Strategy to Combat Elder Abuse and has been doing so since 2002.  The framework of the Strategy focuses on service coordination, building local capacity of front-line workers, caregivers, and community networks, by providing public education and training of professionals/service providers and families of seniors, to raise awareness around elder abuse issues.</p><p><a href="http://itsnotright.ca/" target="_blank"><font color="#0066cc">It's Not Right - Neighbours, Friends and Families</font></a> - The <a href="http://www.learningtoendabuse.ca/">Centre for Research and Education on Violence Against Women and Children</a> (CREVAWC), <a href="http://www.neighboursfriendsandfamilies.ca/" target="_blank"><font color="#0066cc">Neighbours, Friends and Families</font></a>, <a href="http://www.cnpea.ca/" target="_blank"><font color="#0066cc">The Canadian Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse</font></a> (CNPEA) as well as professionals and passionate advocates from all over the country contributed to the development <strong>It's Not Right - Neighbours, Friends and Families</strong> representing the very best collective thinking in Canada for public education on abuse and neglect of older adults.</p><p><a href="https://www.canada.ca/en/employment-social-development/corporate/seniors/forum/fraud-scams.html?=undefined&wbdisable=false" target="_blank"><font color="#0066cc">Fraud and Scams - Government of Canada</font></a> - What every older Canadian should know about: Fraud and scams.  </p><p><a href="/LongTermCare/Pages/Seniors-Programs-and-Services%27-Pen-Pal-Program.aspx" target="_blank">Pen Pal Program - Seniors Programs and Services</a> - </p><div aria-labelledby="ctl00_PlaceHolderMain_ctl04_label" style="display:inline;">Do you enjoy writing letters?  Do you appreciate the surprise of receiving personal mail?   Imagine the joy you could bring to a senior who has limited social engagement.   Become a Pen Pal to a senior in your community.  Your letter can make all the difference to someone who feels alone. </div><p><a href="https://www.canada.ca/en/employment-social-development/corporate/seniors/forum.html" target="_blank">Resources for Seniors CANADA</a> </p><p><a href="https://www.ontario.ca/page/information-seniors" target="_blank">Resources for Seniors ONTARIO</a></p><p><a href="http://www.phac-aspc.gc.ca/seniors-aines/publications/public/injury-blessure/safelive-securite/index-eng.php" target="_blank"><font color="#0066cc">Safe Living Guide - Government of Canada</font></a> - A Guide to Home Safety for Seniors</p><p><a href="https://www.alarms.org/guide-to-senior-safety-at-home/" target="_blank">Seniors Safety at Home - Alarms.org</a> - This resource guide will review the steps that can be taken to create a safe living area for seniors, discuss how technology can assist, and how to gauge the warning signs that indicate an entirely different approach may be necessary. It concludes with a list of resources for additional information on senior safety.</p><p><a href="http://www.rcmp-grc.gc.ca/en/seniors-guidebook-safety-and-security" target="_blank"><font color="#0066cc">Seniors Guidebook to Safety and Security - Royal Canadian Mounted Policy (RCMP)</font></a> - This guide is for seniors, their family members, care-givers, friends, and anyone else who may find it useful. It is not meant to include everything but tries to answer some common concerns when it comes to seniors' safety and security.  The information in this guide can also be used to help people and their loved ones discuss this topic to help recognize a potential crime situation and show how to reduce or remove the risk.</p><p><a href="http://www.elderabuseontario.com/" target="_blank"><font color="#0066cc">Senior Safety Line: 1-866-299-1011 (Elder Abuse Ontario)</font></a> - Elder Abuse Ontario envisions an Ontario where seniors are free from abuse, have a strong voice and are safe and respected.</p><p><a href="http://www.aseniorwish.com/" target="_blank">Senior Wish Association - Barrie, Ontario</a> - We are a wish granting charity that has a goal of improving the lives of Seniors by having their wishes met by a supporting community.</p><p><a href="https://simcoecounty.cioc.ca/results.asp?STerms=social+clubs&SType=A&CMType=S&OComm=&OCommID" 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></span>
How to Adopt an Approach to Age-FriendlinessHow to Adopt an Approach to Age-Friendliness<ul><li>Engagement of seniors: Listen to and involve older people. Seniors better understand the issues related to active and healthy aging;</li><li>Collective Impact: Engage the community in decision making. Public and private sectors in collaborating to improve the health and wellbeing of older adults in our area;</li><li>Promote the inclusion and contributions of older adults in all aspects of community life;</li><li>Assess the age-friendliness of our community (8 dimensions)</li><li>Recognize the wide range of capacities and resources among older people </li><li>Plan collaboratively and around age-friendly outcomes</li><li>Anticipate and respond flexibly to aging-related needs and preferences</li><li>Respect the decisions and lifestyle choices</li><li>Protect and support older adults who are the most vulnerable</li></ul><p>​</p>
Social ParticipationSocial Participation<p><span>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.</span></p><p><span><a title="https://www.activeagingcanada.ca/" href="https://www.activeagingcanada.ca/"><font color="#0066cc">Active Aging Canada </font></a> subscribes to the World Health Organization’s (WHO) definition of active living as: <strong>A way of life in which physical, social, mental, emotional and spiritual activities are valued and are integrated into daily living.  </strong>Active Aging Canada sees its role within the scope of this broad and inclusive definition, with its primary focus is on the promotion of physical activity, while recognizing the critical linkages of physical health with social, mental, emotional and spiritual well-being.</span></p><p><a title="https://www.ontario.ca/page/find-seniors-active-living-centre-near-you?utm_source=shortlinks&utm_medium=web&utm_campaign=dfwu" href="https://www.ontario.ca/page/find-seniors-active-living-centre-near-you?utm_source=shortlinks&utm_medium=web&utm_campaign=dfwu" target="_blank"><font color="#0066cc">Active Living Centres - Find a Seniors Active Living Centre-Near-You - Government of Ontario</font></a> - Seniors Active Living Centres offer social, cultural, learning and recreational programs for seniors that promote health and well-being.  Use the map to find a centre near you by city, address or postal code.</p><p><span lang="EN-US"><a href="http://www.uwo.ca/ccaa/"><font color="#0066cc">Canadian Centre for Activity and Ageing</font></a> - The CCAA is proud to be Canada’s leader in current research and program development for improved physical ability and healthy aging for older adults within the <a href="http://www.uwo.ca/fhs/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer"><font color="#0066cc">Faculty of Health Science</font></a> at Western University.</span></p><p><span lang="EN-US"><a title="http://www.csep.ca/en/about-csep/about-the-canadian-society-for-exercise-physiology" href="http://www.csep.ca/en/about-csep/about-the-canadian-society-for-exercise-physiology" target="_blank"><font color="#0066cc">Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology (CSEP) </font></a> A voluntary organization composed of professionals interested and involved in the scientific study of exercise physiology, exercise biochemistry, fitness and health. CSEP (then known as the Canadian Association of Sport Sciences), was founded at the Pan American Games, Winnipeg, Manitoba in 1967 - the result of four years of cooperative efforts by the Canadian Medical Association and the Canadian Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance.</span></p><p><span lang="EN-US"><a title="https://www.carrotrewards.ca/home/" href="https://www.carrotrewards.ca/home/" target="_blank"><font color="#0066cc">Carrott Rewards</font></a> - Rewards Program App - Complete healthy offers and be rewarded for making healthy lifestyle choices. </span></p><p><a title="https://socialdance.stanford.edu/syllabi/smarter.htm" href="https://socialdance.stanford.edu/syllabi/smarter.htm" target="_blank">Dancing Makes You Smarter</a> - Use It or Lose It: Dancing Makes You Smarter, Longer.  Growing evidence reveals that stimulating one's mind by dancing can ward off Alzheimer's disease and other dementias, much as physical exercise can keep the body fit.  Dancing also increases cognitive acuity at all ages. </p><a title="/LongTermCare/Pages/Seniors-Programs-and-Services%27-Pen-Pal-Program.aspx" href="/LongTermCare/Pages/Seniors-Programs-and-Services%27-Pen-Pal-Program.aspx" target="_blank">Pen Pal Program - Seniors Programs and Services</a>:  <div aria-labelledby="ctl00_PlaceHolderMain_ctl04_label" style="display:inline;">Do you enjoy writing letters?  Do you appreciate the surprise of receiving personal mail?   Imagine the joy you could bring to a senior who has limited social engagement.   Become a Pen Pal to a senior in your community.  Your letter can make all the difference to someone who feels alone. </div><p><a title="http://redhatsociety.com/" href="http://redhatsociety.com/" target="_blank"><font color="#0066cc">Red Hat Society - Experience the Fun of RHS</font></a> - The <span>Red Hat Society</span> is a playgroup for women created to connect like-minded women, make new friends and enrich lives through the power of fun and friendship.</p><p><a title="https://www.canada.ca/en/employment-social-development/corporate/seniors/forum.html" href="https://www.canada.ca/en/employment-social-development/corporate/seniors/forum.html" target="_blank"><font color="#0066cc">Resources for Seniors CANADA</font></a> </p><p><a title="https://www.ontario.ca/page/information-seniors" href="https://www.ontario.ca/page/information-seniors" target="_blank"><font color="#0066cc">Resources for Seniors ONTARIO</font></a></p><p><a title="https://simcoecounty.cioc.ca/results.asp?STerms=social+clubs&SType=A&CMType=S&OComm=&OCommID" href="https://simcoecounty.cioc.ca/results.asp?STerms=social+clubs&SType=A&CMType=S&OComm=&OCommID" 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 title="/LongTermCare/Pages/SMIFS-Simcoe-Muskoka-Cyber-Seniors-Program.aspx" href="/LongTermCare/Pages/SMIFS-Simcoe-Muskoka-Cyber-Seniors-Program.aspx" target="_blank">Volunteer with the SMIFS Simcoe Muskoka Cyber Seniors Program</a> - The goal of this program is to increase family and social connectedness in seniors to reduce the risk of isolation.  The 14 week program introduces the senior to the basics of an iPad, then walks them through using email, texting, FaceTime or video calls, in an effort to make communication with family more accessible.  Facebook and YouTube will also be explored as will any other interest of the senior.  </p><p> </p>
Scope of ActionScope of Action<p>The "Getting Started" phase of the program typically takes one to two years. This pathway is a proposal for action by The County of Simcoe who is committed to sharing and obtaining input from its seniors and community stakeholders on the implementation of this framework. Work will be advanced by the Health & Paramedic Services General Manager and the County's core business departments including the Accessibility Advisory Committee, in close collaboration with the AFC project steering committee, a consultant, working groups, senior representatives and advisory groups. </p><p>Rationale/Need: There is a need for seniors' strategic planning to support our aging demographic. The County's AFC Seniors' Strategy Framework will identify priorities to support seniors in our communities and actionable recommendations will be shared with all our communities across the County.  If priorities are not defined, communities with a high number of seniors residing within the County of Simcoe area will be a risk of poorer health outcomes, augmented poverty levels, lack of sustainable housing, accessibility and transportation needs not being met.</p>
TransportationTransportation<div><div><div><div><div><div><div aria-labelledby="ctl00_PlaceHolderMain_ctl04_label"><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="http://www.communityreach.ca/" target="_blank"><font color="#0066cc">Community Reach</font></a> - Community Transportation - TLC (Transportation Linking Communitites) TLC is an inclusive community program providing rides for people without access to transportation.</p><div aria-labelledby="ctl00_PlaceHolderMain_ctl04_label"><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 (County of Simcoe)</font></a> - The County of Simcoe is committed to addressing strategies to support coordinated transportation systems throughout Simcoe County so that residents can access health and wellness services, employment, personal appointments, recreation activities, and can participate fully in their communities. </p></div><p><a href="https://www.ontario.ca/page/information-seniors" target="_blank"><font color="#0066cc">Resources for Seniors ONTARIO</font></a></p><p><a href="/Planning/Pages/transit-study.aspx"><font color="#0066cc">Simcoe County Transit Feasibility and Implementation Study</font></a> - The Simcoe County Transit Feasibility and Implementation Study is an opportunity to respond to the challenge of supporting transit initiatives in and between smaller urban communities and the larger centres, as well as understanding and addressing the needs of vast rural areas and spread out geographically.</p><p><a href="/CorporateCommunications/Pages/County-receives-provincial-funding-to-enhance-co-ordination-of-transportation-services.aspx" target="_blank"><font color="#0066cc">Transportation Press Release (Midhurst/ August 18, 2015) - County of Simcoe Receives Provincial Funding to Enhance Co-ordination of Transportation Services</font></a> - The County of Simcoe received funding from the Government of Ontario to develop a portal to enhance the co-ordination of transportation services among community transportation providers.</p></div></div></div></div></div> </div></div></div>
ObjectivesObjectives<ol><li>To engage stakeholders in our communities to help define the key principles for aging well in the County of Simcoe; </li><li>To collect more detailed information about age-friendly priorities in our communities by conducting a consultative process and facilitating a needs assessment; </li><li>To increase awareness of communities to help support healthy aging, which will thereby improve the health, well-being, satisfaction and quality of life for seniors residing in our municipality; and </li><li>To incorporate age-friendliness in our communities into the short and long-range strategic planning process for the County of Simcoe </li></ol><p>​</p>
Milestone DatesMilestone Dates<table width="100%" class="ms-rteTable-default" cellspacing="0"><tbody><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:26%;height:148px;"><p><strong>Phase I - Grant Application </strong>(June 2015-March 2016)</p></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:50%;height:148px;"><p><strong>Community Engagement and Collaboration:</strong></p><p><strong>Step 1: </strong> Form AFC Project Steering </p><p><strong>Step 2</strong>:  Hire Consultant to conduct consultation/needs assessment </p></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:26%;"><p><strong>Phase II – Planning<br></strong>(April 2016 – March 2017)</p></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><p><strong>Step 3</strong><strong>   </strong>Identify priorities/determine framework's guiding principles/considerations</p><p><strong>Step 4</strong>:  Develop and seek Council endorsement of Simcoe County's AFC Framework</p></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:26%;"><p><strong>Phase III-Implementation & Evaluation <br></strong>(2017-2027)</p><p><strong> </strong></p><p><strong> </strong></p><p><strong> </strong></p></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><p><strong>Step 5:</strong>  Implement Framework as part of the County's   annual and long term planning processes </p><p>(10-Year Strategic Vision Plan)</p><p><strong>Step 6:</strong>  Seek organizations/partnerships to undertake community actions as identified. Develop specific project plans for priority projects</p><p><strong>Step 7</strong>:  Evaluate effectiveness of Framework and associated action items.</p><p><strong>Step 8</strong>:  Regularly revise Framework as needed</p><p><strong>Step 9</strong>:  Monitor and provide progress reports</p><p><strong>Step 10:</strong>  Obtain funding for more age-friendly projects as indicated.</p></td></tr></tbody></table><p>​</p>
Phase I - Grant Application - Year 1 (June 15, 2015 - March 31, 2015)Phase I - Grant Application - Year 1 (June 15, 2015 - March 31, 2015)<h3>Community Engagement and Collaboration</h3><p></p><h4 style="text-decoration:underline;"><span lang="EN-US">Step 1</span>: Project Steering Committee</h4><ol style="list-style-type:lower-alpha;"><li>Develop a Project Steering Committee to identify the key stakeholders in our communities and how we can bring them together.</li><li>Include local seniors in our collaborative or engage them throughout the various stages of our initiative. </li><li>Send letters of introduction to community members inviting them to participate in the AFC Project Steering Committee.</li><li>Meet with County of Simcoe Executive Committee to promote collaboration from all core business departments.</li><li>Define Request for Proposal Job Scope to hire a Consultant to conduct a comprehensive/ inclusive baseline assessment of the age-friendliness of our community.</li><li>Consult with Georgian College Research Analyst Program to obtain 2-3 students to work with Consultant to design a paper-based survey to seniors as the respondent group to capture information consistent with the eight dimensions of a livable community as identified by the World Health Organization <font color="#0066cc"><a href="/LongTermCare/Pages/AFC-Appendix-1-Eight-(8)-Aspects-of-Community-Life.aspx" target="_blank">(see Appendix 1)</a></font></li><li>Consult widely in developing the County Age-Friendly Community vision, local guiding principles and key goals for our initiative.</li><li>Consultative process: create focus groups, senior roundtables and consultation sessions. Identify who could be involved and identify what skills and strengths they bring as well as what projects that are already in existence or that we could build upon.</li><li>Use University of Waterloo Getting Started tools/resources. </li><li>Invite community members to participate in focus groups and surveys.</li><li>Consolidate information on age friendly projects already underway in our communities.</li></ol><p><strong>Key Tasks:</strong></p><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li>Extend Expression of Interest invitations to local communities</li><li>Build partnerships</li><li>Form a project steering committee to meet regularly</li><li>Establish terms of reference and local guiding principles</li><li>Define Job Scope to hire Consultant</li><li>Create an age-friendly community profile</li><li>Discuss priorities<br></li></ul><p><strong>The members of the AFC Project Steering Committee will have the following responsibilities:</strong></p><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li>Prepare the Terms of Reference and define guiding principles</li><li>Provide strategic direction, planning and guidance to support the project</li><li>Assist with dissemination of information to the broader community</li><li>Support the development and clarification of project outcomes, deliverables and methodologies and/or assign responsibility for development</li><li>Critically review progress of the project</li><li>Anticipate and review project constraints and challenges and provide suggestions for improvements and resolutions</li></ul><h4 style="text-decoration:underline;"><span lang="EN-US">Step 2</span>: Hire Consultant to Conduct Needs Assessments:</h4><p>The County will utilize the ministry grant application funding to hire a consultant to facilitate and guide the research activities to frame this initiative. The Consultant will develop a needs assessment survey that can be adapted by communities to help assess available resources and what residents view as important for successfully aging in place. Students from Georgian College Research Analyst Program will be assisting with the design of the paper-based survey to older adults in the County.</p><p>The survey will be designed to capture information consistent with the eight (8) dimensions of a livable community as identified by the World Health Organization. <font color="#0066cc"><a href="/LongTermCare/Pages/AFC-Appendix-2-Dimensions-of-Age-Friendly-Community-Examples.aspx" target="_blank">(See examples Appendix 2)</a></font></p><p><strong>Key Tasks:</strong></p><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li>Examine tool set</li><li>Create a draft list of questions</li><li>Students create paper-based seniors survey</li><li>Students to compile report of results of paper-based survey</li><li>Plan and conduct consultative process</li><li>Consultant to finalize needs assessment </li><li>Consultant to compile final report</li></ul><p><strong>Examples of Community Consultation Methodologies:</strong></p><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li>Host an event that invites community members from different sectors to mingle and brainstorm ideas for age-friendliness;</li><li>Community events/consultations to identify priorities; </li><li>Create a Reference Group composed of a broad cross-section of our senior population to help guide our process and lay the foundation for a "bottom-up participatory approach" of the project. A community-based reference committee can engage community seniors in the assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation phase of the age-friendly initiative;</li><li>In-person sessions and online surveys;</li><li>Home interviews with older adults who are less likely to participate in mainstream consultations or at risk of isolation;</li><li>Feedback sessions with local groups; </li><li>Presentations to local councils;</li><li>Pilot testing of focus group questionnaires;</li><li>Press releases, newsletters, flyers, bulletins;</li><li>Age-Friendly Community pages on County website;</li></ul><p>​</p>
Phase II - Planning - Year 2 (April 1st, 2016 - March 31st, 2017)Phase II - Planning - Year 2 (April 1st, 2016 - March 31st, 2017)<h4 style="text-decoration:underline;"><span lang="EN-US">Step 3</span>: Identify Priorities</h4><p>The results of the surveys, needs assessments and consultation process will be utilized to determine the guiding principles of the County of Simcoe AFC Framework and to identify priorities, gaps and service requirements. Strategies and action items will be identified through, for example, 'brainstorming' sessions among committee members. </p><p>As recommended in the <a href="/LongTermCare/Documents/AFC%20Finding%20the%20Right%20Fit%20Guide.pdf" target="_blank"><font color="#0066cc">Age-Friendly Cities: A Guide</font></a>, specific questions, as adapted from John M. Bryson' s Applying Private-Sector Strategic Planning in the Public Sector<sup class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1"></sup><a href="/LongTermCare/Pages/AFC-References.aspx" target="_blank"><span class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1">[vii]</span> </a>and Michael Quinn Patton's 'Utilization-Focused Evaluation' [U-FE] framework.<a href="/LongTermCare/Pages/AFC-References.aspx" target="_blank">[viii]</a> will be utilized to build open discussion, strategize and to discuss concerns that our municipality's councillors and staff could have. </p><ol style="list-style-type:decimal;"><li>What are the alternatives we might pursue to address this issue?</li><li>What are the barriers to these alternatives?</li><li>What approaches exist (if any) to overcome those barriers?</li><li>What are the priority actions for the next two to three years and three to five years, and what resources are currently at hand to implement the strategies (such as municipal staff or programs that are responsible for senior related services and programs)?</li><li>What specific actions do we need to take short term and longer term to implement the strategies and who is responsible for each step?</li></ol><p><strong>Key Tasks</strong></p><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li>Analyze information collected through needs assessment</li><li>Identify strategies to become age-friendly</li><li>Identify strategies that could be combined with age friendly projects already underway in our communities.</li><li>Turn strategies into actions that will guide the County's community age-friendly Framework for future annual and long term planning and development</li></ul><p>Ultimately a seniors' strategy framework will be developed to enhance infrastructure, programs, services, and policies to address the needs of current and future older adults and to guide the 16 lower tier municipalities, 2 separated cities and 2 first nations and rural communities in our area.</p><p style="text-decoration:underline;"><span lang="EN-US"><strong>Step 4</strong></span><strong>: Endorsement of Age Friendly Community and Seniors' Strategy Framework for the County of Simcoe</strong></p><p>To increase the likelihood that key strategies will receive continued attention from our community, the municipal council will be asked to officially adopt the proposed framework.  As well, specific municipal departments, services providers and community organizations will be sought to willingly undertake community actions.</p><p><strong>Key Tasks</strong></p><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li>Schedule a presentation to council to obtain their endorsement of the County of Simcoe's AFC Framework.</li><li>Incorporate County of Simcoe AFC Framework in County's 10-Year Strategic Plan</li><li>Integrate elements of framework into other key municipal plans, such as official plans, secondary plans, housing strategies, transportation and transit master plans, urban design guidelines and street designs.</li><li>Involve stakeholders (well-known local members of the business community and other community leaders) in the action planning process.</li></ul><p>​</p>
Phase III - Implementation and Evalutation - Year 3 (2017-2027)Phase III - Implementation and Evalutation - Year 3 (2017-2027)<p>Once the issues, needs and priorities have been defined and the County's AFC Framework has been endorsed, deliverables and simple indicators under the eight (8) age-friendly domains will be put in place to monitor progress. </p><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li><p><span lang="EN-US" style="text-decoration:underline;">Step 5</span>:  Implement Framework as part of the County's annual and long term planning process  (3-year, 5-year, 10-year Plans)</p></li><li><p><span lang="EN-US" style="text-decoration:underline;">Step 6</span>:  Seek organizations/partnerships to undertake community actions as identified and develop specific project plans for priority projects. </p></li><li><p><span lang="EN-US" style="text-decoration:underline;">Step 7</span>:  Evaluate effectiveness of framework and associated action items.</p></li><li><p><span lang="EN-US" style="text-decoration:underline;">Step 8</span>:  Regularly revise framework as needed</p></li><li><p><span lang="EN-US" style="text-decoration:underline;">Step 9</span>:  Monitor and provide progress reports</p></li><li><p><span lang="EN-US" style="text-decoration:underline;">Step 10</span>: Obtain funding for more age-friendly projects as indicated </p></li></ul><p><strong>Key Tasks</strong></p><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li>Ensure sustainability of initiative through the formation of AFC Committees and Seniors Advisory groups to analyze  </li><li>Identification of indicators to monitor progress and outcomes</li><li>Provide Progress and Sustainability Reports to stakeholders</li></ul><p>​</p>
Appendix 1: Eight (8) Aspects of Community LifeAppendix 1: Eight (8) Aspects of Community Life<p><strong><a href="/LongTermCare/Documents/Eight%20Dimensions%20of%20AFC.pdf" target="_blank"><font color="#0066cc"></font></a></strong></p><p>The World Health Organization framework for Age-Friendly Communities can be used to assess and enhance the age-friendliness of communities. The framework identifies eight aspects of community life that overlap and interact to directly affect older adults, as such:</p><span style="text-decoration:underline;"></span><ul><li><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Outdoor Spaces and Public Buildings</span>: When people view a neighbourhood as safe and accessible it encourages outdoor activities or engagement with the community. Accessibility involves removing barriers that limit opportunities for people with disabilities, including older adults with age-related impairments, and allowing older adults to participate in social activities or to access important health and social services and businesses. </li><li><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Transportation</span>: The condition and design of transportation-related infrastructure such as signage, traffic lights and sidewalks affects personal mobility. Access to reliable, affordable public transit becomes increasingly important when driving becomes stressful or challenging.</li><li><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Housing</span>: For many older adults, aging in place is desirable. The availability of appropriate, affordable housing with a choice of styles and locations and that incorporates flexibility through adaptive features is essential for age-friendly communities.</li><li><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Social Participation</span>: Interacting with family and friends is an important part of positive mental health and community awareness. Social participation involves the level of interaction that older adults have with other members of their community and the extent that the community itself makes this interaction possible.</li><li><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Respect and Social Inclusion</span>: Community attitudes, such as a general feeling of respect and recognizing the role that older adults play in our society, are critical factors for establishing an age-friendly community. Age-friendly communities foster positive images of aging and intergenerational understanding to challenge negative attitudes.</li><li><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Civic Participation and Employment</span>: Civic engagement includes older adults' desire to be involved in aspects of community life that extend beyond their day-to-day activities, such as volunteering, becoming politically active, voting or working on committees. Economic security is important for many older adults, particularly those with low and fixed incomes. The ability of an older adult to remain employed or find new employment provides economic security, and it benefits employers who recognize the experience and commitment that older employees bring to the workplace</li><li><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Communication and Information</span>: Age-friendly communities make sure that information about community events or important services is both readily accessible and in formats that are appropriate for older adults. Moreover, an age-friendly community recognizes the diversity within the older adult population and promotes outreach initiatives to non-traditional families, ethnocultural minorities, newcomers and aboriginal communities.</li><li><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Community Support and Health Services</span>: Good mental and physical health contributes to quality of life and age-friendliness. When evaluating age-friendliness, consider access to community-related services that support physical or mental well-being and the availability of health promotion or awareness services that promote and support healthy behaviours and life choices. .[iv] </li></ul><p>​</p>
Appendix 2: Dimensions of Age-Friendly Community ExamplesAppendix 2: Dimensions of Age-Friendly Community Examples<p>The table below provides examples of initiatives in each dimension from the Grant Application Program Guidelines.</p><table width="100%" class="ms-rteTable-default" cellspacing="0" style="height:1955px;"><tbody><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:242px;height:46px;"><p style="text-align:center;"><strong>A</strong><strong>g</strong><strong>e</strong><strong>-</strong><strong>Fri</strong><strong>e</strong><strong>nd</strong><strong>l</strong><strong>y</strong><strong> </strong><strong>Dim</strong><strong>e</strong><strong>ns</strong><strong>i</strong><strong>on</strong></p></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:58%;height:46px;"><p style="text-align:center;"><strong>E</strong><strong>xa</strong><strong>mp</strong><strong>l</strong><strong>e</strong><strong>s</strong><strong> </strong><strong>of Init</strong><strong>i</strong><strong>a</strong><strong>ti</strong><strong>v</strong><strong>e</strong><strong>s</strong></p></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:242px;height:300px;"><p><strong>1.</strong>   <strong>Outdoor Spaces and Public Buildings</strong><br>Outdoor spaces and public buildings that are pleasant, clean, secure and physically accessible</p></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:58%;height:300px;"><p>Design pavements and sidewalks with low curbs that taper off to the road and are wide enough to accommodate wheelchairs and other mobility devices.</p><p>Add accessible public washrooms with clear signage in convenient locations.</p><p>Increase outdoor seating at transit stops, in parks and public spaces that are well spaced and well maintained.</p></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:242px;"><p><strong>2.</strong>   <strong>Transportation</strong><br>Public transportation that is accessible and affordable</p></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:58%;"><p>Design public transportation routes with connections to all municipal areas.</p><p>Start a community transportation service that is affordable and accessible.</p><p>Launch an outreach campaign to provide information about transportation options, routes, costs and timetables.</p></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:242px;"><p><strong>3.</strong>   <strong>Housing</strong><br>Housing that is affordable, appropriately located, well built, well designed and secure.<br><br> </p></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:58%;"><p>Include affordable housing options for older adults in municipal plans.</p><p>Develop affordable services and/or programs that support the option for seniors to remain in their homes.</p><p>Design accessible indoor spaces to allow freedom of movement in all rooms and passageways.</p></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:242px;"><table width="100%" class="ms-rteTable-1" cellspacing="0"><tbody><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-1"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-1" style="width:100%;"><p><strong><span></span>4.</strong> <strong>Social Participation </strong><br>Opportunities for seniors to participate in leisure, social, cultural and spiritual activities with people of all ages and cultures. <span></span></p><p><br> </p></td></tr></tbody></table></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:58%;"><p><span></span>Organize free or affordable events, activities or courses held at venues that are accessible, well lit and conveniently located. </p><p>Start an outreach program for older adults who do not or cannot leave their homes. </p><p>Offer a range of events or activities, including both age-specific and intergenerational activities.</p></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:242px;"><p><strong>5. </strong><strong>Respect and Social Inclusion</strong><strong> <br></strong>Older adults are treated with respect and are included in civic life. </p><p><br> </p></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:58%;">Invite older adults to participate in and contribute their input on public issues or services. <span></span><p></p><p>Create local awards and events to honour the contributions of seniors in the community. </p><p>Create community activities that bring together different generations, such as arts and crafts, youth-taught computer courses, and "honorary grandparent" programs. </p></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:242px;"><p><strong>6. Civic Participation & Employment <br></strong>Opportunities for employment and volunteerism that cater to older adults' interests and abilities. </p></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:58%;"><p><strong>Civic Participation & Employment <br></strong>Opportunities for employment and volunteerism that cater to older adults' interests and abilities. Create training opportunities for older adults to learn or improve their skills in paid, civic or volunteer work. </p><p>Introduce programs or services that support older adults in finding paid employment. </p><p>Encourage the representation of older adults on councils, boards and committees. <span></span></p></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:242px;"><p><strong>7. Communication and Information <br></strong>Age-friendly communication and information is available. </p></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:58%;"><p>Organize regular and widespread distribution of information in a variety of formats (for example, audio, print and electronic). </p><p>Provide access to computers and the Internet in public places at minimal or no cost. </p><p>Set up a program that invites seniors to sign up for monthly telephone calls that provide information about upcoming local activities and events. <span></span></p></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:242px;"><p><strong><span></span>8. </strong><strong>Community Support & Health Services <br></strong>Community support and health services tailored to older adults' needs. <span></span></p></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:58%;"><p><span></span>Coordinate the availability of specialized health care services </p><p>Provide affordable health and home care services.  </p><p>Offer education programs on elder care for caregivers and health care professionals.<span></span></p></td></tr></tbody></table><p>​</p>
ReferencesReferences<p><font color="#0066cc">[i]</font> Federation of Canadian Municipalities – Canada's Aging Population; The Municipal Role in Canada's demographic shift<br><font color="#0066cc">[ii]</font> Finding the Right Fit, Age-Friendly Community Planning<br><font color="#0066cc">[iii]</font> Statistics Canada, 2011 Census of Population<br><span></span><font color="#0066cc">[iv]</font><span></span>  Gunter, B. (2012). Understanding the Older Consumer: The Grey Market. London: Routledge<br><font color="#0066cc">[v]</font> Statistics Canada, 2011 Census of Population<br><font color="#0066cc">[vi]</font> AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities<br><font color="#0066cc"></font><font color="#0066cc">[vii]</font> John M. Bryson: "Applying Private-Sector Strategic Planning in the Public Sector"<br><font color="#0066cc">[viii]</font>Michael Quinn Patton: "Utilization-Focused Evaluation" [U-FE] framework​</p><font color="#000000" face="Times New Roman"> </font><font color="#000000" face="Times New Roman"> </font>
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