Summits to address aging population

News Mar 27, 2015 by Brian Shypula Brant News

Brant MPP Dave Levac and Lucy Marco of the Grand River Council on Aging unveiled a series of summits intended to lead this area into becoming an age-friendly community.

There are 41,000 people over age 55 living in Brantford and County of Brant but that number is expected to grow to over 59,300 in 15 years. The bubble of senior-age people is expected to strain existing programs and infrastructure.

“This is large enough to say that all aspects of our community are going to be impacted by what it is that we’re trying to accomplish here,” Levac said at the announcement, held at the Grand River Community Health Centre on Friday.

Levac and GRCOA will co-chair eight community summits to gather input over the next two years.

The eight gatherings correspond to the eight pillars of an age-friendly community developed by the World Health Organization:

• outdoor spaces and public buildings on May 29;

• transportation on July 17;

• social participation on Sept. 18;

• community support and health services on Nov. 20;

• housing on April 22, 2016;

• civic participation and employment on June 17, 2016;

• respect and social inclusion on Aug. 19, 2016;

• communication and information on Oct. 21, 2016.

A report will be written at the conclusion of the summits.

“What we want to do is help the community to plan” said Marco, GRCOA’s president.

Paris senior Sara Staysa said she feels optimistic after attending the announcement.

“It has always been a caring community but organization like this, I think, will make us much more effective. That’s my reason for getting on board,” she said.

Donna Boyle said she became interested after hearing a presentation from GRCOA at a Probus club meeting. In particular, she is concerned about hospital care for the elderly.

“I’ve witnessed first-hand how the elderly are lost if they don’t have an advocate,” said the retired nurse.

The summits are geared seniors, older adults, caregivers, community stakeholders, agencies and organizations that work with or for seniors.

More information will be provided at workshops on April 17 at the South Dumfries Community Centre in St. George and April 24 at the T.B. Costain/SC Johnson Community Centre in Brantford. Both workshops run from 8:30 a.m. to noon.

Register online at eventbrite/ca or by calling the GRCOA at 519-754-0777, ext. 439.

The goal of an age-friendly community applies to the Brant riding, including Brantford, County of Brant, Six Nations and New Credit.

Levac promised when he won re-election last year to hold a summit series to address issues of an aging population.

Brant MP Phil McColeman said it’s well known at all levels of government that the “bubble” of seniors is going to put a strain on resources.

“This by no stretch of the imagination is a complaint against any of those organizations, nor is it a condemnation that we’re not doing enough,” Levac said.

“What it is is a pulling together of everybody to find out if there are gaps, where they are, what they are, and to take an action to fill it,” he said.

One example of a recommendation that could come out of summits would be to change to the building code to have wider doorways, he said.

“There are all kinds of things that are going to come out as a result of this. I’m so optimistic about our community that I’ve already written to the premier indicating to the premier that ‘you better pay attention to what we’re doing because this is going to be modelled elsewhere,” Levac said.

Marco was pleased with the turnout of about 30 people, including representatives from Brant Community Healthcare System, Brantford Fire Department, City of Brantford housing, County of Brant, St. Leonard’s Community Services and Canadian Association of Retired Persons.

GRCOA’s purpose is to promote the voice of seniors.

Marco said non-profit group has it eye on becoming a charitable organization.

“Because we are educating the community and actually running educational events, we think we’ll be able to apply for charitable status,” she said.

Meantime, GRCOA is seeking sponsors.

“We need businesses in particular to step up and support the work that we’re doing,” Marco said.

Summits to address aging population

News Mar 27, 2015 by Brian Shypula Brant News

Brant MPP Dave Levac and Lucy Marco of the Grand River Council on Aging unveiled a series of summits intended to lead this area into becoming an age-friendly community.

There are 41,000 people over age 55 living in Brantford and County of Brant but that number is expected to grow to over 59,300 in 15 years. The bubble of senior-age people is expected to strain existing programs and infrastructure.

“This is large enough to say that all aspects of our community are going to be impacted by what it is that we’re trying to accomplish here,” Levac said at the announcement, held at the Grand River Community Health Centre on Friday.

Levac and GRCOA will co-chair eight community summits to gather input over the next two years.

The eight gatherings correspond to the eight pillars of an age-friendly community developed by the World Health Organization:

• outdoor spaces and public buildings on May 29;

• transportation on July 17;

• social participation on Sept. 18;

• community support and health services on Nov. 20;

• housing on April 22, 2016;

• civic participation and employment on June 17, 2016;

• respect and social inclusion on Aug. 19, 2016;

• communication and information on Oct. 21, 2016.

A report will be written at the conclusion of the summits.

“What we want to do is help the community to plan” said Marco, GRCOA’s president.

Paris senior Sara Staysa said she feels optimistic after attending the announcement.

“It has always been a caring community but organization like this, I think, will make us much more effective. That’s my reason for getting on board,” she said.

Donna Boyle said she became interested after hearing a presentation from GRCOA at a Probus club meeting. In particular, she is concerned about hospital care for the elderly.

“I’ve witnessed first-hand how the elderly are lost if they don’t have an advocate,” said the retired nurse.

The summits are geared seniors, older adults, caregivers, community stakeholders, agencies and organizations that work with or for seniors.

More information will be provided at workshops on April 17 at the South Dumfries Community Centre in St. George and April 24 at the T.B. Costain/SC Johnson Community Centre in Brantford. Both workshops run from 8:30 a.m. to noon.

Register online at eventbrite/ca or by calling the GRCOA at 519-754-0777, ext. 439.

The goal of an age-friendly community applies to the Brant riding, including Brantford, County of Brant, Six Nations and New Credit.

Levac promised when he won re-election last year to hold a summit series to address issues of an aging population.

Brant MP Phil McColeman said it’s well known at all levels of government that the “bubble” of seniors is going to put a strain on resources.

“This by no stretch of the imagination is a complaint against any of those organizations, nor is it a condemnation that we’re not doing enough,” Levac said.

“What it is is a pulling together of everybody to find out if there are gaps, where they are, what they are, and to take an action to fill it,” he said.

One example of a recommendation that could come out of summits would be to change to the building code to have wider doorways, he said.

“There are all kinds of things that are going to come out as a result of this. I’m so optimistic about our community that I’ve already written to the premier indicating to the premier that ‘you better pay attention to what we’re doing because this is going to be modelled elsewhere,” Levac said.

Marco was pleased with the turnout of about 30 people, including representatives from Brant Community Healthcare System, Brantford Fire Department, City of Brantford housing, County of Brant, St. Leonard’s Community Services and Canadian Association of Retired Persons.

GRCOA’s purpose is to promote the voice of seniors.

Marco said non-profit group has it eye on becoming a charitable organization.

“Because we are educating the community and actually running educational events, we think we’ll be able to apply for charitable status,” she said.

Meantime, GRCOA is seeking sponsors.

“We need businesses in particular to step up and support the work that we’re doing,” Marco said.

Summits to address aging population

News Mar 27, 2015 by Brian Shypula Brant News

Brant MPP Dave Levac and Lucy Marco of the Grand River Council on Aging unveiled a series of summits intended to lead this area into becoming an age-friendly community.

There are 41,000 people over age 55 living in Brantford and County of Brant but that number is expected to grow to over 59,300 in 15 years. The bubble of senior-age people is expected to strain existing programs and infrastructure.

“This is large enough to say that all aspects of our community are going to be impacted by what it is that we’re trying to accomplish here,” Levac said at the announcement, held at the Grand River Community Health Centre on Friday.

Levac and GRCOA will co-chair eight community summits to gather input over the next two years.

The eight gatherings correspond to the eight pillars of an age-friendly community developed by the World Health Organization:

• outdoor spaces and public buildings on May 29;

• transportation on July 17;

• social participation on Sept. 18;

• community support and health services on Nov. 20;

• housing on April 22, 2016;

• civic participation and employment on June 17, 2016;

• respect and social inclusion on Aug. 19, 2016;

• communication and information on Oct. 21, 2016.

A report will be written at the conclusion of the summits.

“What we want to do is help the community to plan” said Marco, GRCOA’s president.

Paris senior Sara Staysa said she feels optimistic after attending the announcement.

“It has always been a caring community but organization like this, I think, will make us much more effective. That’s my reason for getting on board,” she said.

Donna Boyle said she became interested after hearing a presentation from GRCOA at a Probus club meeting. In particular, she is concerned about hospital care for the elderly.

“I’ve witnessed first-hand how the elderly are lost if they don’t have an advocate,” said the retired nurse.

The summits are geared seniors, older adults, caregivers, community stakeholders, agencies and organizations that work with or for seniors.

More information will be provided at workshops on April 17 at the South Dumfries Community Centre in St. George and April 24 at the T.B. Costain/SC Johnson Community Centre in Brantford. Both workshops run from 8:30 a.m. to noon.

Register online at eventbrite/ca or by calling the GRCOA at 519-754-0777, ext. 439.

The goal of an age-friendly community applies to the Brant riding, including Brantford, County of Brant, Six Nations and New Credit.

Levac promised when he won re-election last year to hold a summit series to address issues of an aging population.

Brant MP Phil McColeman said it’s well known at all levels of government that the “bubble” of seniors is going to put a strain on resources.

“This by no stretch of the imagination is a complaint against any of those organizations, nor is it a condemnation that we’re not doing enough,” Levac said.

“What it is is a pulling together of everybody to find out if there are gaps, where they are, what they are, and to take an action to fill it,” he said.

One example of a recommendation that could come out of summits would be to change to the building code to have wider doorways, he said.

“There are all kinds of things that are going to come out as a result of this. I’m so optimistic about our community that I’ve already written to the premier indicating to the premier that ‘you better pay attention to what we’re doing because this is going to be modelled elsewhere,” Levac said.

Marco was pleased with the turnout of about 30 people, including representatives from Brant Community Healthcare System, Brantford Fire Department, City of Brantford housing, County of Brant, St. Leonard’s Community Services and Canadian Association of Retired Persons.

GRCOA’s purpose is to promote the voice of seniors.

Marco said non-profit group has it eye on becoming a charitable organization.

“Because we are educating the community and actually running educational events, we think we’ll be able to apply for charitable status,” she said.

Meantime, GRCOA is seeking sponsors.

“We need businesses in particular to step up and support the work that we’re doing,” Marco said.