Attention Willowdale Seniors!
Aging with Confidence: Ontario's Action Plan for Seniors
In Ontario, seniors deserve to be supported and recognized as the positive force they have always been — a true strength of the province. Aging also comes with challenges. In order to remain independent, many seniors with time will need support, whether from family or friends, or through a diverse range of programs and services. Ontario’s vision is to help seniors remain independent, healthy and active, safe and socially connected. Aging with Confidence is the province’s ongoing plan to support the older and aging population that it serves.
- In 2016, it was reported that Willowdale is home to 1,016,891 seniors.
- In 2016, 16.4% of Ontario’s population was 65 years or older.
- By 2041, it is projected that 25% of Ontario’s population will be 65 years or older, almost doubling from 2.3 million seniors in 2016 to 4.6 million seniors.
- Ontario’s seniors population is becoming increasingly diverse. The number of visible minority seniors (65+) in Ontario increased by 44% between 2011 and 2016.
The new action plan offers:
- A one-stop website where seniors — about 70 per cent 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
- 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.
Ontario is investing $155 million over three years through the action plan. Ontario’s approach builds on a number of recent initiatives, including supporting 40 new Seniors Active Living Centres and implementing a Dementia Strategy, which will improve access to quality care and supports for people living with dementia and their care partners.
Backgrounder on Aging With Confidence
Aging with Confidence: Ontario’s Action Plan for Seniors
New one-stop website for seniors
Guide to programs and services for seniors
Find a long-term care home
Where to get the flu shot