Every person in London and across the province should benefit from the opportunities that Ontario has to offer, no matter their age. That’s why our government is taking action to make sure that all seniors can access the support they need at every stage of their life.
Deb Matthews, MPP for London North Centre was at the Horton Street Seniors Centre – one of Ontario’s Seniors Active Living Centres - in London to discuss Aging with Confidence: Ontario’s Action Plan for Seniors this morning. This plan empowers seniors to make the choices that are right for them when it comes to their care, their independence and how they access government services.
The number of seniors in Ontario is forecast to double to 4.6 million within the next 25 years — and Ontario aims to become the best place in the world to grow older. Aging with Confidence focuses on areas that seniors say they care about most, including living independently for as long as possible and staying connected through social, recreational and volunteer activities.
To ensure communities like London are ready for the changing realities of an aging population, the new action plan offers:
Helping seniors live their best life is part of Ontario’s plan to create fairness and opportunity during this period of rapid economic change.
“My mom is 89 and my dad is 91 — so my family and I know, on a very personal level, how important it is to Ontario’s two million seniors, and their families and friends, that we empower older people to navigate this next phase of life with dignity and as much independence as possible. Through Aging With Confidence, we are doing our very best to help seniors continue to live life to the fullest as part of Ontario’s healthy and vibrant communities.”
–– Kathleen Wynne, Premier of Ontario
“Over the last year I’ve travelled across the province meeting a diverse array of seniors, who are as vibrant as the province itself. Aging with Confidence is a broad plan to support seniors at all stages of life. Seniors have spent a lifetime contributing to their communities and to the economy. It is our collective responsibility to ensure that their changing needs are met.”
— Dipika Damerla, Minister of Seniors Affairs
“Seniors have spent a lifetime contributing to our community and to the economy in London. It’s our collective responsibility to ensure their changing needs are met. This plan will help London seniors remain independent, healthy and active, safe and socially-connected. This is something I am very proud of.”
-Deb Matthews MPP London North Centre
Backgrounder on Aging With Confidence
Aging with Confidence: Ontario’s Action Plan for Seniors
New one-stop website for seniors