Supporting Seniors to Age with Confidence — Evergreen Seniors Centre being used as a model for 40 other Senior Active Living Centres across the Province

Caption: (from left to right) Ken Chupa (V.P., GWSA), MPP Liz Sandals and Dorothe Fair (President, GWSA)

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Guelph residents along with the population across Ontario are aging. There are currently 2 million seniors in the province with that number expected to double to 4.6 million within the next 25 years. This means there are now more people in Ontario 65 and older than under 15. Action needs to be taken to ensure all seniors have access to the support they need. To this end, Ontario has developed a new Action Plan for Seniors.

To help ensure the health of our aging populace, Ontario is investing more than $155 million over three years through the action plan. This will include funding for 5,000 new long term care beds over the next four years and 15 million more hours of nursing, personal support and therapeutic care. Free high-dose influenza vaccines will also be available for seniors as part of Ontario’s Universal Influenza Immunization Program.

There will also be a major focus placed on providing opportunities for seniors to get involved and enabling their involvement in the community. Due to its success, Guelph’s own Evergreen Senior Centre is being used as a model for 40 other Senior Active Living Centres across the province. The creation of age friendly communities will also be emphasized. Ontario is committed to helping seniors live their best life and support their healthy aging.

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Ross Knechtel

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