Over 100 people gather at the Halton Region Age-Friendly Communities Forum

Over 100 people gather at the Halton Region Age-Friendly Communities Forum

Release Date: Jun 2, 2011

On Thursday, June 2, 2011 the Halton Region Elder Services Advisory Committee (ESAC) hosted an Age-Friendly Communities Forum at the Halton Regional Centre. The forum was attended by 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.

“Over the next few years, the population of Halton Region will reflect a significant increase in residents who are over the age of 65,” said Halton Regional Chair Gary Carr. “It is important that we work together towards making our communities more age-friendly so that Halton seniors can feel safe, maintain their health, and can participate fully in their community.”

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. The group members were encouraged to generate ideas on how communities can support seniors through the challenges they face and tap into their knowledge and skills as key members of our communities. The information collected at this forum will be used to develop opportunities for action that will be shared with Regional Council and the Halton community

The ESAC age-friendly project is based on an approach developed by the World Health Organization that seeks to engage older citizens in making their communities better, healthier and safer places for seniors to live and thrive. In an age-friendly community, businesses, policies, services, and structures related to the physical and social environment are designed to support and enable older people to continue to be contributing members of their community.

For more information or to register please go to www.halton.ca/esac or call Halton Region by dialing 311 or 905-825-6000, toll free at 1-866-442-5866, TTY 905-827-9833.

The Regional Municipality of Halton serves more than 500,000 residents in the City of Burlington, the Town of Halton Hills, the Town of Milton, and the Town of Oakville. Halton Region is committed to meeting the needs of its residents through the delivery of cost-effective, quality programs and services, including water and wastewater; Regional roads and planning; emergency medical services; waste management; public health; Ontario Works (formerly social assistance); children’s and seniors’ services; social/non-profit housing; heritage programs; emergency management and economic development. For more information, dial 311 or visit Halton Region’s website at www.halton.ca.

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Media Contact:

Sheldon Wolfson
Commissioner, Social & Community Services
Halton Region
905-825-6000 ext. 7094

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Kate Richards
Acting Communications Specialist, Strategic Communications
Halton Region
905-825-6000 ext. 7232