Feedback to support a new government-wide Seniors Strategy in Elgin-Middlesex-London
Elgin-Middlesex-London, June 7, 2019 - Seniors want to remain active in age-friendly
communities that are open to their full participation. Most want to live independently,
at home for as long as they can, working, volunteering, learning, shopping or travelling.
Yet many seniors face challenges accessing programs and services that support their
safety, mental and physical health, and overall well-being. Ontario's government
is working for the people by holding consultations to hear from seniors, caregivers
and organizations on how the province can best support its aging population.
“Supporting our seniors is about investing in our own futures – everyone should
be able to age strong, in an Ontario that is open to all,” said Raymond Cho, Minister
for Seniors and Accessibility. “We are moving forward with our commitment to develop
a cross-government strategy to do what’s right by Ontario’s aging population, while
growing jobs and the economy.”
Seniors are the fastest growing demographic in our province. Current estimates predict
that the seniors population will grow to over 3 million by 2023 – that is about
400,000 more seniors than today. This fundamental change in Ontario’s demographics
means new challenges and new opportunities for the province.
“Our government is committed to doing what’s right for our aging population in Elgin-Middlesex-London,”
said MPP Jeff Yurek. “We want to hear from seniors, the people who care for them,
and the organizations who support them on how we can help support our seniors who
live in rural areas.”
Throughout June, during Seniors Month, the government will hold targeted consultations
at Seniors Active Living Centres across Ontario. The consultations will run for
six weeks. To ensure that Ontarians across the province have an opportunity to participate,
an online survey has also been launched. Feedback from the consultations and online
survey will help form a strategy to help seniors:
- Age at home and in communities;
- Remain healthy, active and socially engaged;
- Stay safe and secure, and
- Participate in the labour market and economy.
The government expects to announce the government-wide seniors strategy in the fall.
- Have your say and take part in the online survey: Ontario.ca/SeniorsStrategy
- Social isolation is a key risk factor for elder abuse and hospitalization among
seniors, with 30% of Canadian seniors at risk of becoming socially isolated. Being
active helps to reduce risk of dementia, anxiety and depression.
- There are more than 300 Seniors Active Living Centres across Ontario. These community-based
centres provide programs and services to promote wellness, social interaction, and
education to help seniors stay active, independent and engaged.