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Ontario Supporting Seniors to Live Their Best Life

New Action Plan Provides More Fairness for Seniors in London

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:

 

  • A one-stop website where seniors — about 70 per cent of whom go online every day — can find information about tax credits, drug coverage, powers of attorney, recreation programs and more. Seniors will also be able to get information over the phone in more than 150 languages
  • A new high-dose influenza vaccine, targeted to protect seniors, will be available free of charge as part of the Ontario Universal Influenza Immunization Program
  • Support for “naturally occurring” retirement communitiesby investing more than $15 million over two years for apartment buildings or housing developments where many seniors already live close to one another
    • More volunteering opportunities connecting seniors and youth, fostering learning and mentorship while reducing older people’s risk of social isolation
    • 5,000 new LTC beds over the next four years and 15 million more hours of nursing, personal support and therapeutic care annually for residents in LTC homes, as well as a 10-year plan to create more than 30,000 new beds over the next decade, working with the long-term care sector.

 

Helping seniors live their best life is part of Ontario’s plan to create fairness and opportunity during this period of rapid economic change.

QUOTES

 “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

 

QUICK FACTS

  • Ontario is investing $155 million over three years through the action plan.
  • Older adults make up Ontario’s fastest-growing age group. There are now more people in Ontario 65 or older than under 15.
  • Ontario’s approach builds on a number of recent initiatives, including supporting 40 new Seniors Active Living Centres and implementing a Dementia Strategy, which will improve access to quality care and supports for people living with dementia and their care partners.
  • Almost half of seniors are worried about being alone. Social isolation is a risk factor for an array of negative outcomes among older people, including elder abuse, a higher risk of falls, hospitalization and depression.
  • Aging with Confidence builds on Ontario’s 2013 Action Plan for Seniors.
  • In January, Ontario created a standalone Ministry of Seniors Affairs to strengthen efforts to improve seniors’ quality of life.

 

LEARN MORE

Backgrounder on Aging With Confidence

Aging with Confidence: Ontario’s Action Plan for Seniors

New one-stop website for seniors

Guide to programs and services for seniors

Find a long-term care home

Where to get the flu shot

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