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AGING WELL FOR ALL

- Provincial Funds Help Local Effort to Improve Services and Supports for Older Adults in Haliburton County -

(HALIBURTON COUNTY) – After being shown the money, local age-friendly advocates want to show how services and infrastructure can be improved to support healthy aging in Haliburton County.

Over the next year, $25,000 in funding from the Ontario government’s Age-Friendly Community Planning Grant Program will be used to create an Age-Friendly Master Plan for Haliburton County. The new Master Plan will serve as a roadmap on how local agencies, municipal representatives and older adults in the area can work together to create a more age-friendly place to call home. The provincial grant was recently awarded to the County of Haliburton and the Aging Well Committee of Haliburton County.

“The funding is greatly appreciated, since it will help us move forward with ideas on how to build a more age-friendly community in Haliburton County,” says Angela Andrews, chairperson of the local Aging Well Committee.

The Aging Well Committee is a group of local seniors and public health staff working to improve the quality of life for older adults in Haliburton County. The committee works with other community partners to listen to the needs of older adults, raise awareness of seniors’ issues, and advocate on their behalf. In recent years, the Aging Well Committee has worked on a number of projects to support older adults in Haliburton County.

According to Andrews, creating an Age-Friendly Master Plan can benefit all Haliburton County residents – not just older adults. “An age-friendly community is a healthy and active place where people of all ages and abilities enjoy enhanced quality of life,” she notes. “By providing programs and support services that assist older adults, an age-friendly community helps all its citizens, including families, young children and persons with disabilities.”

“Community input from local seniors, service providers and municipal representatives will be critical in the development of an effective Age-Friendly Master Plan for Haliburton County,” says Kelly Kay, Executive Director of the Seniors’ Care Network. The agency is affiliated with the Central East Local Health Integration Network, and will assist the local Aging Well Committee in development of the Master Plan.

The Seniors’ Care Network enhances the health care experience for frail older adults and their caregivers in Central East Ontario, while providing care tailored and focused on the unique needs of older adults. Recently, the Seniors’ Care Network launched a new Geriatric Assessment and Intervention Team in Haliburton County.

“An age-friendly community supports healthy living in older adults,” notes Stacey Hawkins, a Director with Seniors’ Care Network, who is co-leading the initiative with Andrews. “We applaud the initiative to create an Age-Friendly Master Plan in Haliburton County, and look forward to working with local leaders in fulfilling their vision.”

According to Andrews, small, rural and remote communities like Haliburton County often face unique challenges in providing services to older adults. In the past, some of the challenges identified in supporting older adults in this area have included: a limited number of health and social service support agencies, large geographical distances between local services/businesses and seniors’ homes, and limited transportation services. Says Andrews: “Creating a Master Plan can help bridge these gaps and create a more age-friendly place for all of us.”

To find out more about the Age-Friendly Master Plan, contact the local Health Unit at (705) 457-1391, ext. 3239.

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For media inquiries, contact:

Angela Andrews, Health Promoter, Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit, (705) 457-1391,

or Stacey Hawkins, Director of System Planning, Implementation and Evaluation, Seniors’ Care Network, (905) 372-6811, ext. 4511.

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