Ontario Launches Action Plan for Seniors
By A Correspondent
McGuinty Government Committed to Making Ontario the Best Place to Age
Ontario is launching an Action Plan to respond to the growing needs of the province’s aging population and to provide seniors with better access to health care, quality resources and improved safety and security.
The Action Plan for Seniors builds on the recently released highlights from the report Living Longer, Living Well by Dr. Samir Sinha. Using a cross-government approach, the plan draws on new and existing programs and initiatives to ensure that seniors and their caregivers have access to the services they need, when and where they need them.
The Plan will:
- Provide more home care services by expanding personal support worker services through community support agencies.
- Create a ‘one-stop’ information source for seniors’ services online at ontario.ca/seniors and by phone at 1-888-910-1999.
- Enhance elder abuse prevention training for community agencies.
- Implement a wandering prevention program to help families living with Alzheimer’s and other dementias.
Ontario’s Action Plan for Seniors is part of the McGuinty government’s plan to ensure that seniors and their families have access to quality services and supports in order to lead healthy and independent lives.
“What is best for Ontario seniors is best for Ontario. Together with seniors and their families and caregivers, and our community partners, we will make Ontario the best place in North America to grow older. Ontario’s Action Plan for Seniors provides Ontario’s seniors with the information that they, their families and caregivers need to make choices that will help seniors feel safe and supported, and to remain healthy and independent for as long as possible.”
— Linda Jeffrey, Minister Responsible for Seniors
“Supporting the independence of older Ontarians requires an all-hands-on-deck approach, across all sectors, and including partnership between families, care providers and government. By working together, we can provide seniors with the care they need to live long, active and healthy lives.”
— Deb Matthews, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care
- By 2017, for the first time, Ontario will be home to more people over 65 than children under 15.
- The number of seniors in Ontario will more than double by 2036.
- In 2004, Ontario became the first international place to designate a day as Elder Abuse Awareness Day.
- There are more than 270 Elderly Person Centres across the province serving about 245,000 older adults.
Read Ontario’s Action Plan for Health Care
Download Ontario’s Resource Guide for Seniors
Find out more about Dr. Sinha’s recommendations from Living Longer, Living Well
For information about seniors’ programs and services, call 1-888-910-1999 or 211