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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


Dentistry funding for seniors and transportation in remote areas

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

Firstly many seniors that I deal with have little income I.e. women with small CPP income because of low wages and have a hard time making ends meet

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Created on October 21, 2017 by maryabusiness@gmail.com.  2 comments

Door to door transportation on demand with subsidized fare (taxi car van)

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

Eight key domains of community life in which communities can become more age-friendly. have already been identified as:
• outdoor spaces and buildings;
• transportation;
• housing;
• social participation;

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Created on November 3, 2017 by Fareedamkhan@gmail.com.  1 comment

Electricity Support living in the old condo apartment buildings of Toronto

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

The Problem :

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Created on October 13, 2017 by cold shoulder.

Encouraging healthy lifestyles

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

Encourage seniors to exercise by offering them a tax credit for gym memberships.

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Created on October 12, 2017 by CIP.  3 comments

Encouraging healthy living for all ages

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

For healthy living offer
Incentives for reduced prices for healthy food. Give seniors a free healthy food box.
Give seniors free help with cooking and shopping.

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Created on October 26, 2017 by Patricia Ouimette.  1 comment

Equiping seniors with smart phones

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

A common challenge for seniors is feeling vulnerable and fear of being unable to get help while living on their own or with an elderly partner and trying to go out and about in public where there are many distractions and threats.

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Created on November 1, 2017 by dianahari.  1 comment

Equiping seniors with smart phones

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

A common challenge for seniors is fear of being vulnerable and unable to get help while living on their own or with an elderly partner and trying to go out and about in public where there are many distractions and threats.

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Created on November 1, 2017 by dianahari.

Exchange and play program

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

Start up an exchange program between seniors and children between 5 and 16 years of age. They would have the opportunity to socialize, play and share stories and have fun.

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Created on October 27, 2017 by tbrown02.  1 comment

Exercise and Health

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

The leading cause of death among seniors is heart disease and related causal factors are smoking, diet and exercise.

The majority of seniors do not participate in any regular physical activity.

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Created on October 16, 2017 by imarygrande.  1 comment

experience at work

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

Seniors who lack disposable income but have a wealth of experience in different areas and health and a desire to work should be given a platform to show what is possible

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Created on November 3, 2017 by Club Casa de los Abuelos.

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