International Day of Older Persons

On December 14, 1990, the UN General Assembly decided to make October 1st the International Day of Older Persons. This day is now celebrated annually to recognize the contributions of older persons and to examine issues that affect their lives. Regional Council recognizes how important it is to respond to the various opportunities and challenges of an aging population which is why one of our priorities is to deliver programs that meet the needs of seniors in our community. Over the next 25 years, population projections are estimating those aged 65+ in Halton will almost triple in size from 67,000 in 2011 to over 187,000 by 2036.

Halton Region works closely with our Elder Services Advisory Committee (ESAC), to enhance the quality of life of older adults. For more than 25 years, this dynamic committee has developed responses to policy issues, conducted research on seniors’ issues, recommended ways to improve our communications and helped our staff consider a variety of issues when planning our programs.

Halton’s Social and Community Services Department provides a number of services for seniors including:

  • Three choices for long term care:
  • Four Assisted Living Programs: one in Milton, one in Oakville and two in Burlington.
  • Three Adult Day Programs: Milton Place and Friends’ Landing, both situated in the Allendale complex and Silver Creek Place in Georgetown.
  • A Supports for Daily Living Program at the John R. Rhodes Seniors Residence in Oakville.

The Region’s Health Department also works with local partners to build healthy aging communities and provide resources to keep older adults healthy and living independently for as long as possible.

We understand the important role that seniors play in helping shape our communities. By working together with older adults, community organizations, and advisory bodies like ESAC, and by providing a variety of programs and services we can ensure that Halton Region remains a great place to live, work, raise a family and retire.

If you would like more information about Halton Region Services for Seniors, please dial 311 or visit www.halton.ca/seniors. For more information about ESAC, visit www.halton.ca/esac.

As always, if you have any Regional concerns or comments you would like to share, please feel free to email me at gary.carr@halton.ca. You can also find me on Twitter @garycarrhalton, LinkedIn or Facebook. To receive further updates on Regional issues, please subscribe to my quarterly e-newsletter, “The Carr Report.”