Human Resources and Skills Development Canada



Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

October 26, 2012 11:30 ET

Minister of State (Seniors) Meets With Saskatoon Area Seniors' Organizations

SASKATOON, SASKATCHEWAN--(Marketwire - Oct. 26, 2012) - The Honourable Alice Wong, Minister of State (Seniors), today met with local seniors' organizations on keeping seniors informed, engaged, and active.

"The Government of Canada is committed to supporting the well-being of seniors," said Minister of State Wong. "We believe their well-being depends on their staying active, staying engaged and staying informed."

Minister of State Wong emphasized the importance of active living at any age. She explained that opportunities for seniors to remain active are not limited to physical activity. They include being active in the workplace, in volunteer organizations and in communities. She also spoke about the importance of seniors staying informed so they can take full advantage of the wide range of government programs and services available to them.

"The Government of Canada's website, seniors.gc.ca, is a key resource for seniors," said Minister of State Wong. "The website provides relevant and easy access to information on federal, provincial and territorial services and benefits available to Canadian seniors."

The outcome of these roundtable discussions will help inform the direction of future government policies and programs on seniors' issues.

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BACKGROUNDER

The Government of Canada is helping seniors stay active, engaged and informed through a number of initiatives.

Staying active

While health care is a provincial responsibility, the Government of Canada does promote better health for Canadians and seniors through a variety of programs.

Physical Activity Tips for Older Adults is an online resource for older adults that explains why physical activity is important, offers tips and easy ways to increase their physical activity and provides advice for maintaining good health and an improved quality of life. Physical activity is one of the most important things older people can do to maintain their physical and mental health and quality of life as they get older.

Injury prevention among seniors - One-third of Canadian seniors experience a fall each year; half of those are reported to have fallen more than once. As many as 40 percent of those falls result in hip fractures, often causing disability, loss of independence or death. Yet, falls can be prevented. The Government of Canada has developed several publications aimed at reducing falls among seniors, such as The Safe Living Guide: A Guide to Home Safety for Seniors and the You Can Prevent Falls fact sheet. More information can be found on the Public Health Agency's website.

Staying engaged

The Government of Canada supports seniors to remain engaged in their communities through initiatives such as the Age-Friendly Communities Initiative, the New Horizons for Seniors Program and the Targeted Initiative for Older Workers.

The Age-Friendly Communities Initiative seeks to engage older Canadians and their communities in making their communities better, healthier and safer places for seniors to live and thrive.

Currently, eight provinces are working with municipal governments and non-government organizations to promote age-friendly initiatives in communities. There are 600 communities now engaged in age-friendly action. The Public Health Agency of Canada coordinates activities and opportunities to exchange knowledge, and is developing resources to help evaluate age-friendly initiatives.

Through the New Horizons for Seniors Program, seniors are able to share their knowledge, skills and experiences with others. The program supports projects led or inspired by seniors who want to make a difference in the lives of others and in their communities. Since its beginning, it has funded more than 10 400 projects in more than 1 000 communities across Canada. For more information, visit www.seniors.gc.ca.

The Targeted Initiative for Older Workers is a federal-provincial/territorial cost-shared initiative that provides employment assistance services and employability improvement activities (such as skills upgrading and work experience) to unemployed older workers aged 55 to 64 living in economically vulnerable communities.

Staying informed

Recognizing that being informed can help seniors make better decisions, the Government is committed to giving seniors the information they need.

A robust collection of information, resources and tools is available
through www.seniors.gc.ca, 1 800 O-Canada and Service Canada Centres across the country.

Seniors.gc.ca has been developed as a central resource for Government of Canada information relating to seniors and seniors initiatives. It provides information on federal government initiatives targeted to seniors, their families, caregivers and supporting service organizations. As well, to better meet the needs of seniors, a new Services and Benefits for Seniors web page was created to provide a central location for information on federal, provincial and territorial services and benefits for seniors.

Contact Information

  • Robert Lynch
    Director of Communications
    Office of Minister of State (Seniors), Alice Wong
    613-790-0219

    Media Relations Office
    Human Resources and Skills Development Canada
    819-994-5559