Helping seniors live their best lives

Browse creative ideas to help reduce social isolation for seniors.

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The problem

For the first time in our history, there are more Ontarians over 65 than children under 15. The number of seniors is set to double in Ontario over the next 25 years to more than four million.

Many of today’s seniors lead active and vibrant lives and richly contribute to their communities. However, research shows that one of the biggest risk factors and the leading cause of depression for seniors is social isolation.

According to the National Seniors Council’s recent report on seniors’ social isolation (opens in a new window), in Canada:

  • an estimated 30% of seniors are at risk of social isolation
  • up to 16% of seniors experience social isolation

We want all seniors to feel welcomed, safe and included in their communities.

What ideas or project should we consider to help reduce social isolation for seniors?

Who we're trying to help

We want to help seniors at risk of becoming socially isolated, including those whose:

  • social networks have diminished
  • activity levels may be in decline

We also want to help younger seniors who are currently or will eventually become caregivers (for example, those with aging parents). These younger caregivers also need services and information to keep them active, engaged, safe and learning.

We’re looking for ideas that are:

  • innovative
  • have the potential to build community partnerships
  • benefit seniors over a sustained period of time
  • address the needs of seniors in remote areas
  • address seniors with specialized needs

What we're doing/have done

Promoting age-friendly communities

8 80 cities (opens in a new window), a Canadian not-for-profit organization, believes that if everything we do in our public spaces is great for an 8 year old and an 80 year old, then it will be great for all people. That’s why age-Friendly Communities are a top priority. We want to make it possible for seniors and others to access social and physical environments that are:

  • inclusive
  • consider needs based on diversity
  • easy to navigate

56 communities have already received planning grants.

We are also launching an Age-Friendly Community recognition program so communities that have made efforts towards inclusive space and programming for seniors can be acknowledged.

More Seniors Active Living Centres


These centres are local hubs where seniors can continue to learn, volunteer and engage in wellness activities.

Community funding for seniors

In 2014, we launched the Seniors Community Grant Program (opens in a new window) exclusively to help seniors across Ontario.

The fund supports projects to encourage greater social involvement, learning, volunteerism and community engagement for seniors.

Hundreds of projects are now active; impacting the lives of more than 400,000 seniors.

Over the next three years, we will increase funding for the grant program by an additional $11 million.

Safety, awareness and abuse prevention programs

We also partner with:

Learn more

We have a comprehensive guide to programs and services for seniors (opens in a new window) which is available in 16 languages. Use this resource to find information on:

  • tax credits
  • healthcare
  • caregiving
  • housing
  • driving
  • safety

202 ideas submitted to Seniors


Connecting Seniors through the Love of Reading

A virtual reading group of Seniors, volunteers & their community libraries enabled by technology will reduce dementia incidence.

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Created on November 3, 2017 by CynthiaM.

Senior Living

Time to make life better for seniors.

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Created on October 20, 2017 by burkka.  1 comment

Provide subsidies for Seniors to attend Adult Day Programs

Provide funding for seniors who cannot afford to attend an Adult Day Program in the community. Offering subsidies will allow those seniors living on a limited income become active and contributing members of the community.

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Created on October 25, 2017 by SylviaN.  1 comment


Many of my friends are seniors.
Many have family that live far away.
Many are wanting to be better connected.
Many are wanting to continue learning,

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Created on October 20, 2017 by ConnectingSeniors2Community.  2 comments

Senior homes and Superblocks

This is an ambitious idea. Hire a architect. Tell him you want to build a housing community for seniors. See if he can find a way to maximize money and space but not build a skyscraper for seniors.

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Created on October 25, 2017 by JSugar.

A Seniors Helping Seniors Directory

A directory, print or digital format, of services aimed for seniors and offered by seniors

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Created on November 4, 2017 by CynthiaM.

Internet Cafe for Local Seniors

Centres that help specifically help seniors navigate the World Wide Web. They should be available in every small town not only to teach computer skills but also to help seniors in reaching answers to their questions and concerns.

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Created on October 23, 2017 by Gracie.  3 comments

There are so many seniors that have no family adopt a grandparent project at local schools

I have spent lots of time with elderly people in nursing homes or retirement homes, and the one thing that breaks my heart is seeing residents with no family or friends to visit. They are living out the end of their lives with no visitors .

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Updated on November 1, 2017 by Guinevere.  3 comments

Connecting Seniors with greater opportunities for mentorship in mental health

Engage seniors in finding purpose in their sunset years by helping guide and mentor those struggling with addiction and mental health challenges to relate to their experiences and struggles and put each others situation in a reflective context

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Created on October 24, 2017 by Tony Genco.  2 comments

Senior Isolation

Hire one person per seniors complex. This person could do many things. Organize social gatherings, organize walks, exercise, health and beauty where needed, visit the patrons, communicate with PSW's, family, care givers any concerns.

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Created on October 31, 2017 by Loui.  1 comment