Aging with Confidence: Ontario’s Action Plan for Seniors

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. This Action Plan 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 Ontario is ready for the changing realities of an aging population, the plan also substantially expands the number of long-term care (LTC) beds across the province, while increasing staffing levels and support for LTC home residents.
The new action plan offers:
  • A one-stop website where seniors – about 70% 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
  • An annual high-dose influenza vaccine, targeted to protect seniors, will be available free of charge as part of the Ontario Universal Influenza Immunization Program, starting with the 2018-19 flu season
  • Support for “naturally occurring” retirement communities by 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.

Published By: Government of Ontario

Publication Date: November 2017

View Aging with Confidence: Ontario’s Action Plan for Seniors

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Apr
24
Wed
Indigenous Peoples and the Health Care System: Exploring Health Equity for First Nations, Inuit and Métis in Ontario @ Online
Apr 24 @ 12:00 pm – 12:30 pm

In recent decades, the health of Indigenous Peoples has been improving despite multiple issues regarding access and other impacts of the health care system. Join us as we explore this issue by highlighting health equity, discussing historical and current contexts, and exploring a discourse for ways in which clinicians can work to help improve their practice and care that will contribute to positive health outcomes for Indigenous Peoples in Ontario.

This webinar is hosted by the Health Equity Impact Assessment (HEIA) Community of Interest.

Breaking Barriers to Newcomer Mental Health in Niagara @ Online
Apr 24 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

The process of migration and resettlement can be extremely challenging and often puts the mental health and well-being of newcomers at risk. Despite pertinent and clear mental health issues in the newcomer population, availability and accessibility of services remain an issue. As this population continues to grow, it is essential to assess the prevalence of mental health issues in newcomers in order to adapt services accordingly.

During this webinar, presenters will discuss:

  • Needs of newcomers and refugees
  • Barriers to accessing Mental Health Support
  • Environmental Scan & Recommendations
  • Best Practice Guidelines

Presenters:

  • Zainab Awad, Mental Health Program Coordinator, Niagara Folk Arts Multicultural Centre
  • Ali Ahmed, Mental Health Program Support Worker, Niagara Folk Arts Multicultural Centre

This event is hosted by Niagara Connects in partnership with Niagara Folk Arts Multicultural Centre. A follow-up resource package will be distributed after the event.

How AGE-WELL Technology is Changing Homes of the Future and Promoting Independence for All @ Online
Apr 24 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

AGE-WELL takes a unique approach to technology development by engaging all stakeholders from the beginning to ensure technologies can help older adults age in place and maintain their independence for as long as possible.

In this webinar, participants will:

  • Learn about how AGE-WELL has advanced the development of technologies to enhance the home lives of Canadian seniors and their caregivers
  • Understand the global context of technology and aging and where Canada fits
  • Discover examples of successful AGE-WELL innovations being implemented today

This webinar is hosted by AGE-WELL NCE.

Public Meeting on the Future of Specialized Transit in Niagara @ St. Catharines Public Library - Central Branch
Apr 24 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

In an effort to better meet the transportation needs of regional and municipal specialized transit users, the Niagara Region has started a study to review these services throughout the region. The Niagara Region has hired consulting firm IBI Group to complete this study.

The study is looking at the following issues:

  • A review of specialized transit service governance, needs, requirements, service policies and procedures
  • A review of the Niagara Specialized Transit’s (NST) current operations
  • The creation of options to best meet the community’s needs
  • The creation of a plan to fiscally responsibly guide specialized transit service improvements over the next five years

The following topics will be discussed at the public meeting:

  • Thoughts on current municipal and regional specialized transit services
  • Future needs and expectations
  • Major areas of concern
  • Eligibility, registration and booking process
  • Scheduling
  • Transfers and fares
  • Cross-regional travel
  • On-time performance

Two public meetings will be hosted. Each session will start with a 20 minute presentation followed by a discussion and question/answer period. Region staff will be available to answer your questions and hear your feedback.

This public meeting is hosted by Niagara Region.

Social Enterprise Niagara April Meetup @ Spark Niagara
Apr 24 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Join Social Enterprise Niagara’s monthly social networking meetup. We welcome all community members who are interested in or engaged in Social Innovation or Social Enterprise! We will help define these terms at the beginning of the meeting and then create space for organic conversation, networking and connection to follow.

This is a free meeting/meetup to connect with other like minded community members from 6-8pm April 24th. We host our SEN monthly Social Networking Meetups at Spark Niagara, a new business incubator in Niagara Falls! They take place on the last Wednesday of every month, and we hope to see you there!

This event is hosted by Social Enterprise Niagara.

Public Meeting: Port Colborne Parks & Recreation Master Plan @ Port Colborne City Hall - Council Chambers (3rd Floor)
Apr 24 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

You’re invited to #PORTicipate in the Port Colborne Parks & Recreation Master Plan Public Meeting on April 24, 2019!

The City of Port Colborne is preparing its Parks and Recreation Master Plan that will guide the future operations of Parks and Recreation services, facilities and amenities for the City.

The Project Team has been conducting stakeholder engagement with City residents, recreational providers, City staff and Council. Consultation with community members is integral in the development of recommendations for the final Master Plan.

The Project Team has compiled the results of the online survey, working sessions, interviews and community feedback. The stakeholder findings will be presented to the general public on Wednesday, April 24th.

This meeting is hosted by the City of Port Colborne.

Apr
25
Thu
5th Annual CKNN Conference: Strengthening Our Roots @ John D. Bradley Convention Centre
Apr 25 all-day

Join hundreds of other nonprofit sector leaders and supporters for the 5th Annual Chatham-Kent Nonprofit Conference, “Strengthening Our Roots”, featuring world-renowned charity guru, Dan Pallotta. Dan has generously agreed to make himself available for an exclusive speaking engagement and book signing opportunity, featuring his latest book, “Uncharitable”.

In a time of change unlike anything we’ve ever experienced in our sector before – with new governments, new and revised policies and regulations, and increasingly complex challenges in our local communities – it’s important that we share our thoughts, collect ideas, discuss solutions, and get inspired.

“Strengthening Our Roots” will feature key insights from nonprofit trailblazers who are driving success within their respective fields in this rapidly changing environment. The exclusive line-up features these notable visionaries:

  • Betty Ferreira, Social Impact Innovations, Transformation and Foresight Strategist
  • David Hartley, Consultant/Trainer, Board Governance
  • Jennifer Jurgens, Principal, 1 Bold Step
  • Paul Nazareth, Vice President Education & Development, Canadian Association of Gift Planners
  • Doug Sartori, Founder, Windsor Hackforge
  • Cathy Taylor, Executive Director, Ontario Nonprofit Network
  • Daniele Zanotti, President & CEO of United Way Greater Toronto

This conference is hosted by the Chatham-Kent Nonprofit Network.

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