By; Bob Delaney, Member of Provincial parliament, Mississauga-Streetsville
About one in 9 of Ontario’s seniors lives in Mississauga and Brampton. Today, Ontario’s services to them just took a progressive step forward. Ontario unveiled the Aging with Confidence plan.
Aging with Confidence is a major overhaul and expansion of many programs aimed at serving seniors. It includes $15 million investment in housing in the next two years; unlocking surplus Ontario-owned land; new mixed-use housing development; a free high-dose flu vaccine targeted at protecting seniors from the seasonal flu; 5,000 new long-term care beds in the next four years; more care to long-term care residents; and expanding house calls to include nurses, social workers, therapists and other providers.
Social interaction is something seniors frequently ask about. Aging with Confidence supports learning and mentorship between youth and seniors. Youth volunteers can also assist seniors with their grasp of today’s information technology. Seniors continue to embrace the web at rapid rates. Seniors can get help with on-line protection and etiquette, how to access information, completing electronic forms, as well as today’s staple tasks: e-mail, social media and how to best use a mobile phone.
The number of seniors in Ontario will double to 4.6 million in the next generation. Ontario will continue to be the best place in the world to grow older. Aging with Confidence focuses on what seniors say they care about most: living independently; staying connected; social, and active. Continue reading “Ontario Action Plan for Seniors “