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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

We:

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


Better dental care!

This idea did not move past government review because it would not help support any of the Budget Talks focus areas.

So many seniors can't afford dental work ....Including this writer. The dental stigma keeps alot of seniors from public interaction.

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Created on November 3, 2017 by papamcbride.

Better Quality Life for Seniors

This idea did not move past government review because it would not help support any of the Budget Talks focus areas.

As someone who had a grandparent that lived in a long term seniors home, it became very apparent that so many of them were very lonely.

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Created on October 24, 2017 by reidrow.  1 comment

Blended communities

This idea did not move past government review because it would not help support any of the Budget Talks focus areas.

Due to the shortage of housing for seniors, I believe we should start auditing what is available in communities where seniors live

It should begin as soon as feasible.

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Created on October 22, 2017 by BrendaJ.  1 comment

Bring the seniors to "life", and "life" to the seniors, honouring connection and experience

This idea did not move past government review because it would not help support any of the Budget Talks focus areas.

Currently it seems like the plan is to "age out" of living. As our elders begin to lose their independence we hide them away and treat issues as they arise with bandaid solutions because we still love them...

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Created on October 26, 2017 by Coppercat.  3 comments

Build green roof vegetable garden on senior facilities so they can garden together!

This idea did not move past government review because it would not help support any of the Budget Talks focus areas.

Rooftop gardening is a safe healthy and productive activity. But there are upfront capital costs and program costs. Food that is grown on seniors residences could be used for cooking classes.

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Created on October 22, 2017 by Swp.  1 comment

Cards, cooking, and chats with your seniors.

This idea did not move past government review because it would not help support any of the Budget Talks focus areas.

Seniors are isolated because people tend to spend time with similar demographics. Seniors are therefore isolated to spending time with seniors.

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Created on October 23, 2017 by Geoff.  2 comments

changes for low income seniors

This idea did not move past government review because it would not help support any of the Budget Talks focus areas.

Low income seniors cannot take advantage of non refundable tax credits for things like medical devices and other things because they don't earn enough income to need them, but still are out of pocket for them.

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Created on October 21, 2017 by pwwbear.  3 comments

Child care facilities grouped with old age homes.

This idea did not move past government review because it would not help support any of the Budget Talks focus areas.

Group Daycares with old age homes to promote interaction healthy living and socialization.

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Created on October 31, 2017 by Anya Cybolsky.  2 comments

Children helping seniors

This idea did not move past government review because it would not help support any of the Budget Talks focus areas.

I saw video of UK studying the effects of children in senior homes. It helps them feel younger, gets seniors more involved and improves their mental health.

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Created on October 24, 2017 by Mrbob.  1 comment

Cohort

This idea did not move past government review because it would not help support any of the Budget Talks focus areas.

Have a seniors program that runs concurrently with a daycare program. There’s a need to reduce senior isolation and a need as well for daycare for children

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Created on October 23, 2017 by Trock.  3 comments

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