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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


Generationsach

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

GENERATIONS
Mission: To bridge the gap between Seniors who are isolated and marginalized youth

Vision: Connect isolated seniors with at risk youth to participate together in creative programs.

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Created on October 26, 2017 by Joan Saldanha.  1 comment

Get Seniors Online

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

Our world is more connected than ever before with the widespread use of online social media. Kids, teens, and adults alike are able to log on and engage in their desired community from their very own homes.

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Created on October 23, 2017 by Raphoenix.  2 comments

Giving Seniors more Life in their lives

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

Senior homes, both retirement homes and nursing homes, are often built in places that are isolated and quiet, but I believe that seniors need to have more purpose in their lives to make their lives better.

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Created on October 25, 2017 by B Evans.  1 comment

health care

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

Oct. 29, 2017
RE: Mobile Nurse Practitioner Services

Dear sir/Madam

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Updated on October 29, 2017 by Ying Wohlberg.  1 comment

Health care

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

We as seniors need dental care, badly....we need hearing aids, badly...other day to day help...including decent affordable housing...maybe with a patch of grass...I live in Thunder Bay on...can’t afford anywhere to live after I sell my house...hus

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Created on November 2, 2017 by Pwaldon.

Health Care

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

When my mother passed away from a stroke in 2007, she had just received her new wheelchair thru a contract with Shopper's Drug Mart paid for by the Assistive Devices Program.

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Created on October 13, 2017 by Lynnwest.  2 comments

Hearts That Care

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

I am submitting this idea as I have seen this way to often in all the Health Care Fields that I have worked. Caring for a senior on a one to one basis. Seniors that have no family or family that doesn't have time for them!

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Created on October 21, 2017 by sherm.  3 comments

Help for seniors

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

I been in a wheelchair for 12 years now and before when I was on odsp they paid to have my wheelchair repaired. And every 5 years they paid for a new one. Why can't that happen still since I switched over to old age.

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Updated on October 23, 2017 by joefindlay.  3 comments

Help Fund More Graduated Level Senior Housing

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

Many individuals come to a time of life when they live alone and find coping (physically, emotionally, etc.) challenging but not impossible.

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Created on November 4, 2017 by stevensfaye.

Help seniors live their best possible lives by preventing falls

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

My partner and I submitted this idea to the OpenIDEO falls prevention challenge earlier this year and it was short-listed among 39 other ideas. Although the idea did not move forward to receive funding from the sponsors (U.S.

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Updated on November 2, 2017 by Nita.  2 comments

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