On June 2, Halton Region’s Elder Services Advisory Committee (ESAC) hosted an Age-Friendly Communities Forum at the Halton Regional Centre. The event brought together over 100 Halton seniors, business representatives, and community stakeholders who worked together to develop ideas on how to continue to build age-friendly communities in Halton.
During the event, participants divided into working groups to discuss the results of focus group research recently conducted by ESAC. These groups were organized by themes that represent the core principles of age-friendly communities () as established by the World Health Organization . The discussion groups were lively and many interesting ideas were shared and considered.
The work accomplished by those who attended the Age-Friendly Community Forum is important for a number of reasons. First, over the next few years, the population of Halton Region will see a significant increase in residents who are over the age of 65. This demographic shift is occurring in communities across Canada , and there is a growing need for communities in Halton to examine what changes can be made that will make it easier for seniors to be safe, maintain their health, and participate fully in their community.
Also, the information collected through the group discussions will be used to develop opportunities for action that will be shared with Regional Council and the broader Halton community.
I would like to thank everyone who attended and contributed to the success of the forum. It is important that Regional Council hears from Halton residents, service providers, and planners on this important matter.
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