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


Ontario Care Centers

I would like to see a pilot project in which a school that may otherwise get shut down is converted into a combination nonprofit daycare centre/ senior's residence and animal shelter.

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Created on October 29, 2017 by SarahMLWalker.  1 comment

Seniors who desire company at supper

I have noted visiting seniors and bringing them meals that their one request is to join them for a cup of tea.

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Created on October 29, 2017 by Mdmsamm.  1 comment

Less Social Isolation For Seniors

My idea is helping seniors by making them less social isolation by making more community centers, more community buses to take the seniors to the community center.

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Created on November 2, 2017 by Mandy23.  2 comments

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

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

Foster Children and Seniors interact

Our idea is to bring foster children and senior citizens in retirement homes together on dates according to availability and preference.

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Created on October 29, 2017 by Silverthorn Collegiate Institute.  1 comment

Dancing with elders

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

seniors and studemts care

Solving 2 problems. Seniors being alone. Students need more help. I would propose seniors to keep working as teachers helpers in the classroons. Teachers need help and students need more one on one help.

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Created on October 25, 2017 by Rana.  1 comment

More PSW to residents in Long Term Care

Resident needs are increasing as dementia increases. More PSW staffing per residents is needed.

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Created on October 30, 2017 by Liz Garant.

Low income seniors and dental care

I have just turned 65 and while working i had dental have none..when i worked retail i saw so many seniors with no teeth at all...they often discussed that they were barely getting by and could not afford any...gum disease..etc.

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Created on November 3, 2017 by Leslieann55.

Seniors and youth together

This has been done by some schools already

Build a day care for after school program and let the able seniors to do some training to the kids, music, arts and crafts.

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Created on October 26, 2017 by Elvie Tan.  1 comment