Progress for Seniors
Ontario Government Supporting Scarborough-Guildwood Seniors
January 27, 2014
Ontario is making it easier for Scarborough-Guildwood seniors to remain safe, active and engaged in their community.
January marks the first anniversary ofOntario’s Action Plan for Seniors. Through the Action Plan, the government is addressing the challenges and opportunities of an aging population.
- Age-Friendly Community Planning Guide – The Age-Friendly Community Planning Guide was released to help seniors stay connected to their community by creating physical and social environments that support independent and active living.
- Finding Your Way Program – The Finding Your Way program, the first of its kind in Canada, was developed in partnership with the Alzheimer Society of Ontario, to help people with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias who live at home; as well as their families and caregivers, and people who may encounter someone with dementia to help recognize and reduce the risk of going missing.
- Seniors Community Grant Program – The Seniors Community Grant Program was introduced to give seniors more opportunities to participate in their communities by providing funding to not-for-profit community groups for projects that encourage greater social inclusion, volunteerism and community engagement for seniors. Applications will be available March 03, 2014.
- Elderly Persons Centres: Responsibility for Ontario`s 270 Elderly Persons Centres, which provide social and recreational programs that promote wellness for seniors, will be transferred to the Ontario Seniors’ Secretariat (OSS) from the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care (MOHLTC) effective April 01, 2014. The transfer of this $11.5M annual program fits well withOSS community ties and priorities to support seniors.
- Retirement Home Regulatory Authority Regulation – The first provincial protections for seniors living inOntario’s retirement homes continue to be implemented. Over the past year new requirements came into effect, including additional annual staff training, a formal complaints process, police background checks for retirement home staff and volunteers, and mandatory extra expense insurance for retirement homes to ensure coverage of residents' accommodation and care costs during most emergencies.
Ontario’s Action Plan for Seniors identifies three main goals: Healthy Seniors, Senior-Friendly Communities, and Safety and Security and is part of the Ontario government’s economic plan to invest in people, invest in infrastructure and support a dynamic and innovative business climate.(comment – do we want tie to economic plan as that is not jumping out at as me as a natural fit – what about the investing in people priority)
“Scarborough-Guildwood is strengthened through the contributions of seniors.Ontario’s Action Plan for Seniors is making a positive change in our community. It is essential that community partners unite to support seniors.”
— Mitzie Hunter, MPP for Scarborough-Guildwood
“I am proud of the progress we have made since introducingOntario’s Action Plan for Seniors. Together with our community partners, seniors and their families, we are creating and sustaining supportive environments that helpOntarioseniors live active, safe and meaningful lives.”
— Mario Sergio, Minister Responsible for Seniors Affairs
- By the year 2036,Ontario’s seniors population will more than double to 4.2 million.
- Since January 2013 approximately 10,000 seniors have benefited from attending seniors fairs, most of which are hosted at Elderly Persons Centres.
- More than 680 retirement homes have been licensed under the Retirement Homes Act since its care and safety standards came into force in July 2012.
Celeste Bottero, Minister’s Office, 416-326-1689
Laura Sylvis, Communications Branch, 416-314-7010
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