County of Simcoe Warden George Cornell proclaims October 1, 2019 as National Seniors Day.
By observing National Seniors Day, the County of Simcoe hopes to emphasize the importance of supporting our seniors with improved health, community and social services, to celebrate their tremendous contributions to our vibrant communities, and to ensure a high quality of life for aging residents for many years to come.
“The County is proud to support and provide important services to all our residents,” said Warden George Cornell. “Our region has become a very popular destination for seniors to live, work and retire in and we thank all our seniors for their continued contributions to our communities.”
Simcoe County continues to experience rapid aging above both national and provincial averages. The proportion of adults aged 65 and over in Simcoe County is 18 per cent of the population compared to 16.7 per cent in Ontario and 16.9 per cent in Canada, with the population aged 65 and over expected to more than double over the next 20 years.
Through County-led initiatives and strong partnerships with local, regional and provincial organizations, the County of Simcoe works to improve the quality of life for senior residents. From the management of four County-operated long-term care homes, to Paramedic Services programs, to improved transportation through LINX transit, to our County-run Age-friendly Community Initiative, to County representation at key healthcare-related work-groups, the County of Simcoe is actively engaged on a variety of crucial services that impact seniors in Simcoe County.
The County of Simcoe received funding from the Government of Ontario of as part of its Age-Friendly Community Planning Grant Program. The funding served to establish a baseline assessment of Simcoe County’s age-friendliness and to determine the recommendations for action according to scope of community responsibility. A variety of community engagement processes were used to collect feedback from residents 60 years of age and older, caregivers, and service providers of older adults to produce the Building an Age-Friendly Simcoe County – 2016 Community Needs Assessment, annual progress reports and the County’s Positive Aging Strategy. All these documents can be found at simcoe.ca/age-friendly.