Each year on October 1, National Seniors Day is celebrated across Canada, to recognize the older adults (65+) who have helped to build our country and continue to help shape Canadian society, communities and workplaces.
To help celebrate this special day, the Halton chapter of CARP joined Halton Region at 1151 Bronte Road, to raise the CARP flag. Each year, CARP chapters in towns and cities coast-to-coast raise their CARP Chapter flags in recognition of National Seniors Day. With over 300,000 members, CARP is a national, non-partisan, non-profit organization committed to advocating for a New Vision of Aging for Canada, promoting social change that will bring financial security, equitable access to health care and freedom from age discrimination.
It was an honour to participate in the flag raising ceremony and to be joined by so many members of our community in celebration of National Seniors Day. Regional Council recognizes the important contributions older adults have made and continue to make to ensure Halton remains a great place to live. We at the Region are committed to doing our part to ensure we can respond to our growing, aging population by identifying priorities to support the safety, health and well-being of older adults in Halton.
By 2031, the number of older adults in Halton is expected to double to 127,000. In response to this growth and in an effort to support vibrant, aging-friendly and inclusive communities, Regional Council has adopted the Halton Region Older Adult Plan 2015-2018. Developed by Regional staff, the Region’s Older Adult Advisory Committee and several community partners, the Halton Region Older Adult Plan (HOAP):
- supports the health and well-being of older adults in Halton;
- strives to ensure equitable access to Regional programs, services and information for older adults in Halton;
- recognizes that older adults in the community are unique; and
- seeks to enhance quality of life for older adults in Halton through meaningful engagement, strengthened community partnerships and client-centred integrated service delivery that applies an older adult perspective to all that we do at Halton Region.
Today, Halton Region provides a number of excellent services, programs and supports to older adults such as health programs that promote healthy, active living as well as the provision of long-term care, adult day programs, assisted living programs, financial assistance for low income residents, and affordable and assisted housing in Halton. We also continue to work with our local partners to build healthy aging communities and provide resources to keep older adults healthy and living independently for as long as possible.
On National Seniors Day, I wish to express Regional Council’s sincere gratitude to our older adult population, who continues to add vibrancy to our community, helps to shape our region with their wisdom, experience and interests, and contribute to our economy as consumers, employees and business owners.
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