JUNE IS SENIORS MONTH

Aging Strong: Respect and Protect Seniors

 

Good morning,

Please join me in proclaiming June as Seniors’ Month and use it as an opportunity to highlight the importance of seniors, and the services and programs available to them in your communities, or through your organization.

Our government’s theme this year is Aging Strong: Respect and Protect Seniors.

Aging is about living, and everyone should be able to age strong, in an Ontario that is open to all. Our theme represents the importance of seniors’ valued experience and independence as they age, while celebrating their many contributions in building this province, and protecting what matters most to them.

Seniors are very important to our Government. At the current rate of growth, by 2023, this population will grow by 400,000 to 3 million seniors. We know that seniors want to age at home and in their community, but they need help accessing services, finding transportation and making social connections.

I am pleased to inform you that during Seniors’ Month, the government will hold in-person public consultations at Seniors Active Living Centres across the province to hear from seniors, the people who care for them, and the organizations who support them on how to best support and invest in our seniors.

 

Seniors’ Month is a time to recognize the seniors in our lives and promote the different services and programs we have available in our communities to keep them socially engaged and active, which is one of the key ways to help prevent social isolation and elder abuse.

I encourage you to be a champion of Seniors’ Month and work with your municipalities and local MPPs to find ways to recognize seniors in your community through events or social gatherings.

Included with this letter, you will find a: poster, fact sheet, and tip sheet. If you have any questions about Seniors’ Month, or if you are hosting a seniors’ event in June, please send the event details directly to Ministry officials at infoseniors@ontario.ca. We can help promote your event via social media through our Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn accounts.

For more information on supports for seniors, please visit: Ministry for Seniors and Accessibility.

Please also see: A Guide to Programs and Services for Seniors in Ontario at: https://files.ontario.ca/seniors-guide-english-web.pdf.

Thank you for your support in celebrating Ontario’s seniors.

Information for Seniors in Ontario

The Ministry for Seniors and Accessibility offers many community supports and tools to help seniors stay physically active and to help prevent social isolation and elder abuse. This factsheet describes the make up of Ontario’s senior population and provides information about the programs and services available for them.

Ontario’s senior population

  • Most seniors living in Ontario want to age at home and in their community.
  • Ontario seniors’ experience with aging may be impacted by a variety of factors such as gender, ethnicity, health, education, financial security, etc.
  • Ontario has the most culturally diverse seniors’ population in the country and is home to over half of all immigrant seniors in Canada. Almost half (53 per cent) of seniors in Ontario are immigrants.
  • 28% of seniors in Ontario, aged 65-69 are working.
  • 30% are at risk of becoming socially isolated.

Staying active

Seniors Active Living Centre programs help local seniors stay active, become more involved in their community and meet new friends. These programs include:

  • Unique social activities.
  • Learning and educational opportunities.
  • Recreational programming.

There are over 300 programs across the province that serve 115,000 seniors annually.

To find a Seniors Active Living Centre program, please visit the Ministry of Seniors and Accessibility, contact your municipality or call 2-1-1.

Staying engaged

The Seniors Community Grant program supports projects in local communities that encourage seniors to remain active and engaged and to continue learning. These grants help non-profit organizations develop programs for seniors that:

  • Reduce social isolation.
  • Increase safety and well-being.
  • Prevent elder abuse.
  • Help engage seniors with Seniors Active Living Centres.

For those interested in applying, general questions about the program can be answered by calling 1-833-SCG INFO (1-833-724-4636) or by emailing seniorscommunitygrant@ontario.ca.

 

Staying connected

Age-Friendly Communities are inclusive, accessible environments with programs and services that help seniors stay connected. These communities can include:

  • Outdoor spaces and buildings that are accessible for seniors
  • Accessible communication and information about services and programs
  • Improved transportation services and housing for seniors
  • More social and civic participation opportunities

Staying healthy

Ontario will be providing low-income seniors access to quality dental care through a new publicly-funded dental care program, beginning in late summer 2019.

Ontarians aged 65 and over with an income of $19,300 or less or couples with a combined annual income of $32,300 or less, who do not have dental benefits, will qualify for the Ontario Seniors Dental Care Program. The services will be accessed through public health units, community health centres and Aboriginal Health Access Centres across the province. See Publicly Funded Dental Care for further information

Keeping safe and secure

Seniors Active Living Fairs help to connect seniors and their caregivers with others in their community. These fairs help seniors learn about key issues that affect their health and well-being.

Topics covered at Seniors Active Living Fairs may include:

  • Healthy living
  • Fraud prevention
  • Elder abuse
  • Fall prevention
  • Driving
  • How to reduce social isolation

In 2018-19, about 70 fairs were delivered across the province.

For more information on ministry programs and services, please visit the Ministry for Seniors and Accessibility.

Also, please visit: A Guide to Programs and Services for Seniors in Ontario.

For other programs and services available in your area visit: 211ontario.ca