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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


CPP dollars should be treated like income for ODSP

This idea did not move past government review because it is not solely within the jurisdiction of the Government of Ontario.

CPP/Pension income should be treated as earnings and NOT be 100% deducted from ODSP.
Under the current ODSP income calculation, individuals currently can earn upto $200.00 without affecting ODSP income support.

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Created on November 3, 2017 by tante.

Create Young Adult/Senior Living Spaces

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

Create a online portal that allows for verified seniors and verified young adults to live together in the senior's home.

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Created on October 23, 2017 by Multipass.

Creating a Safe Green Space for Seniors Living in Long Term Care Facilities

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

I believe that long term care facilities can do more in terms of providing green spaces for patients.

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Created on October 25, 2017 by CharlieM.  1 comment

Dancing with elders

This idea did not move past government review because it would duplicate a service that is already available, work that has been completed or work underway.

This event could take place at gymnasiums that belong to municipalities or churches, for example. Dancing has various physical benefits, especially for seniors. This event will include young adults dancing with seniors (19 up to 32).

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Created on November 2, 2017 by Mary Rach.  1 comment

Day to day help

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

My mother is happy living on her own. We are very lucky that at 83 she still can. My mom doesn’t want to go out more than she does and is quite happy in her apartment.

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Created on October 23, 2017 by Ritasdotter.  4 comments

Dementia - reading groups etc.

This idea did not move past government review because it does not align to the Government of Ontario policies and/or priorities.

Organize reading groups for seniors.

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Updated on October 27, 2017 by JSugar.  4 comments

dental

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

would like to see funding for dental for seniors and dentures As a 64 yr old senior who worked for many years and 10 years ago had a dentist remove all my upper teeth and only a partial removal on bottom and had him make me a full top denture and

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Created on October 21, 2017 by coygirl.  2 comments

Dental care

This idea did not move past government review because it would exceed $1 million in one-time funding and/or require ongoing funding.

Start a dental fund. Dental health is very important to seniors daily living. I feel all dental work related to healthy teeth should be covered, excluding any work for cosmetic reasons.

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Created on October 20, 2017 by Gloria Damoff.

dental care

This idea did not move past government review because it did not meet the guidelines for a Budget Talks submission.

So when you turn 65 you are just suppose to have your teeth rot out of your head. Some type of dental coverage should be available through the government for basic dental care YES??

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Created on October 28, 2017 by wenlee.

dental coverage

This idea did not move past government review because it would exceed $1 million in one-time funding and/or require ongoing funding.

on a senior pension... we cannot save to pay for our dental needs.. we need dental coverage... for eg.. i will have to pay $2,500 for my dental work and i have only been on senior pension for 10 mos... prior to that i was on odsp.

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Created on October 27, 2017 by paulamorey.

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