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Government says it wants to hear from seniors about aging

Social isolation is a key risk factor for elder abuse and hospitalization among seniors, with 30 per cent of Canadian seniors at risk of becoming socially isolated
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Seniors want to remain active in age-friendly communities that are open to their full participation says a government news release this morning. So it plans to hold "targeted consultation sessions" at Seniors Active Living Centres across Ontario.

Find a Seniors Active Living Centre near you here.

The North Bay Golden Age Club is listed as one location in North Bay.

Seniors are the fastest growing demographic in the province. Current estimates predict that the seniors' population will grow to over three million by 2023 - that is about 400,000 more seniors than today.

"Most want to live independently, at home for as long as they can, working, volunteering, learning, shopping or travelling. Yet many seniors face challenges accessing programs and services that support their safety, mental and physical health, and overall well-being," according to the release.

No times or dates were provided for the North Bay area in the release, and Ministry spokesman could not provide details.

"Supporting our seniors is about investing in our own futures - everyone should be able to age strong, in an Ontario that is open to all," said Raymond Cho, Minister for Seniors and Accessibility. "We want to hear from seniors, the people who care for them, and the organizations who support them."

Starting today, the consultations will run for six weeks.

You can also participate in an online survey. 

The government expects to announce the government-wide seniors' strategy in the fall.

Social isolation is a key risk factor for elder abuse and hospitalization among seniors, with 30 per cent of Canadian seniors at risk of becoming socially isolated. Being active helps to reduce risk of dementia, anxiety, and depression.




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