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  • October 01, 2013

October 1st Is National Seniors Day

Canada’s Official Day To Celebrate Seniors

Today is National Seniors Day – Canada’s official day to celebrate seniors, coinciding with the United Nations’ International Day of Older Persons.

National Seniors Day allows us to recognize the many contributions seniors make to their families and our communities. Ontario’s landscape is changing as a result of an aging population. Ontario is currently home to approximately 1.9 million people over the age of 65 and over the next two decades, the number of seniors in North America is projected to more than double. In fact, by 2036 Ontario is projected to be home to nearly 4.2 million seniors.

Senior citizens helped build this country, this province, and the communities we live in today and continue to play an active and important role in our province’s communities and in Ontario’s economy.

Earlier this year, The Ontario Government launched Ontario’s Action Plan for Seniors. As part of the Plan we just released our Age-Friendly Community Planning Guide to help seniors remain engaged in community life by living safely, independently and with dignity.

Ontario’s Action Plan for Seniors builds upon a solid foundation of work that has already been done:

  • We recently launched Healthy Homes Renovation Tax Credit
  • For the first time in Ontario’s history, the care provided to retirement home residents is regulated under provincial legislation
  • We launched the Aging at Home Strategy to make it easier for seniors to live independently
  • We are increasing funding to home and community care by $260 million in 2013, an increase of 6%, so older Ontarians will be able to live longer with dignity in their own homes, rather than being placed in institutional care
  • We are transforming the delivery of care for complex patents with the creation of 26 new Community Health Links to improve collaboration and coordination among health care providers

To see a Video Message from the Hon. Mario Sergio, Minister Responsible for Seniors Affairs, visit:

http://www.seniors.gov.on.ca/en/videos/idop.php

Join Mitzie Hunter, MPP for Scarborough-Guildwood in celebrating all that seniors have done for the province of Ontario and for our communities.

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