Pickering unites policies for seniors

July 25, 2017 by  

Pickering councillors have passed a motion to fund a cohesive strategy for seniors’ programs.
As more adults live to celebrate their 90th, 95th and 100th birthdays, the city is making changes to the services provided to both the young and aged in their community.

Pickering currently offers several piecemeal programs for seniors. City councillors passed a motion this month, which dedicated funding in the 2018 budget for achieving the goal of all municipal government departments taking part in the services offered for the aging population.

While no one is certain exactly what improvements will be implemented, a senior’s advisory committee will seek ideas and feedback from staff and members of the municipal government as well as the general public. They may use carefully prepared presentation folders, to ensure members are fully informed before the 2018 city budget is voted on next year.

Statistics Canada is reporting that Canada’s population is aging, with adults over the age of 65 making up more than 25 percent of the total by 2030. Pickering is forecasting a 200 percent increase in seniors over 90 years of age.

Last April the region passed the ‘Age-Friendly Durham Strategy and Action Plan’. The program requires that each municipality make plans to address the needs of their aging population, to ensure seniors can remain engaged with their communities and enjoy an active lifestyle.