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Age Friendly Community For Seniors

What is an age-friendly community?

An age-friendly community is designed to help seniors live safely, enjoy good health and stay involved.

As part of its Global Age-friendly Cities Project, the World Health Organization identifies eight key areas of community life that can become more age-friendly:

  • Outdoor spaces and buildings
  • Transportation
  • Housing
  • Respect and social inclusion
  • Civic participation and employment
  • Communication and information
  • Community support and health services
  • Social participation

The Town of Wasaga Beach recognizes the importance of addressing the special needs of this demographic. In 2015 Council initiated an Age-Friendly Community Plan. Results of the Plan’s needs assessment indicate that there are gaps in the municipality’s services. The plan outlines 18 goals that address priorities related to: infrastructure, housing, service and support, health care, leadership and engagement.


Age-Friendly Business Training

Applying an Age-Friendly Lens to Bussiness & Service
In Simcoe County, 31% of the population is 55 plus. By 2041, this number is expected to increase to 41%

This free 1 hour training has been developed to guide and assist business and organizations to apply an age-friendly lens when considering their services and offerings. Small steps can be taken now for long term benefit by being ready to meet the needs of aging customers and client

Take The Training

 


Age Friendly Community Advisory Committee

The population of Wasaga Beach, similar to many other parts of Ontario, is aging but Wasaga Beach has also become a favorite Retirement destination as individuals leave the hustle of city life behind to enjoy a quieter, slower paced lifestyle. In order to meet the needs of our aging population, we need to ensure accessible services and programs are in place. We are working with our Age Friendly Community Advisory Committee to improve our services.

 About the Age-Friendly Community Advisory Committee

The Age-Friendly Community (AFC) Advisory Committee operates as a Standing Advisory Committee of Town Council.

The Committee is reflective of the residents of Wasaga Beach, with particular inclusion of the seniors demographic and those that represent the interest of seniors in the community.

The Committee is tasked with determining how best to implement the goals of the plan. This includes developing a communication plan between Town Council, the committee and community residents. The committee will also be establishing action plans to best execute the goals of the plan.

For more information on its members, agendas and minutes please see our Age-Friendly Community Advisory Committee page.

 Senior of the Year nomination information - Now accepting nominations for 2024

The submission window is currently closed

 Senior of the Year award recipients

To be announced – Senior of the Year 2024

Christina Armstrong - Senior of the Year 2023

(From left to right: Councillor White; Deputy Mayor Snell; Councillor Timms; Mr. Armstrong; Leslie Hodgson; Christina Armstrong; Mayor Smith; Penny Rush; Councillor Ego; Councillor Dileo; Councillor Belanger)

Seniors Expo

Save the date for Wed. June 19 2024- Location: Wasaga Beach RecPlex

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