In Halton, we are experiencing a period of growth and change in our community. Similar to other communities across the province, the number of older adults living in Halton is increasing. Halton Region’s Best Planning Estimates projects the number of older adults 65 years and older living in our community will nearly double to 127,000 by 2031. Halton residents are living longer, healthier lives.
Regional Council recently approved a four year plan that will enhance policies, programs, services and environments to respond to the growing, aging population in Halton. The Halton Region Older Adult Plan 2015-2018 (HOAP) focuses on priorities, objectives and actions that are within Halton Region’s authority to plan, manage and deliver.
The goal of HOAP is to support the health and well-being of older adults and promote healthy aging in Halton. The plan seeks to enhance quality of life for older adults through meaningful engagement, strengthened community partnerships and integrated client-centered services that apply an older adult perspective to all Regional activities.
This four year plan highlights the Region’s commitment to older adults and acknowledges that investments at every age support healthy aging in Halton.
The plan focuses on six priorities:
- Consider older adults in the development of policies and delivery of programs;
- Optimize the engagement of older adults with Halton Region;
- Support the enhancement of aging-friendly Regional environments;
- Support opportunities for older adults and Halton communities to prosper;
- Support older adults to be active, connected and to age well; and
- Support older adults to maintain their independence.
HOAP involves all departments at the Region and contains strategies to build partnerships that will enhance innovation and service coordination. HOAP aligns with other Regional plans and strategies including Halton Region’s Strategic Action Plan 2015-2018, the Regional Official Plan and the Comprehensive Housing Strategy Update 2014-2024.
This plan of action not only ensures that Halton Region remains committed to being a great place to live, work, raise a family and retire, but demonstrates why so many older adults who call Halton home are living longer, more active and healthy lives.
To learn more about the plan, visit Halton.ca/hoap.