We believe the community is enhanced by the wisdom, experience and participation of older adults.
On April 2, 2019 we officially launched community consultation for Hamilton’s next Age Friendly Plan (2020-2025) at our Annual Age Friendly Forum. Thank you to the over 300 seniors who attended to “Have your Say”, 60 volunteer facilitators, special guests & to Susan Goodman for guiding this session. We were impressed by the honest and thoughtful feedback & ideas that we heard at this session to address the needs of seniors in our community!
Public Consultation for Hamilton’s next Age Friendly Plan is currently taking place until September 2019. We are reaching out to older adults and key stakeholders in greater Hamilton to learn about your experiences, challenges, solutions & ideas to make Hamilton the “best place to age successfully.”
Here are the Different Ways you can ‘Have Your Say’ to inform Hamilton’s next Age Friendly Plan
- Complete our Individual Survey- PRINT
- Complete our Individual Survey- ONLINE (Coming in July 2019)
- Organize a Group Discussion (Please utilize the attached Discussion Guide)
- Visit our Exhibit at Pop-up Community Events:
For more information, to obtain hard copies of the attached surveys, or if you have questions, please contact: Shelagh Kiely-Hamilton Council on Aging (firstname.lastname@example.org, 905-777-3837 ext. 12238)
For over 12 years, the HCoA has been a community leader in creating positive aging experiences for older adults through the development of collaborative programs– from Age Friendly Hamilton to Let’s Get Moving to ongoing wide-scale events, fairs and opportunities that bring seniors and our community together. In this time, we have developed strong partnerships with individuals and organizations whom we recognize have shared goals and aspirations to create a community that values and supports older adults and contributions.
The HCoA Opportunities Package for Partners in Positive Aging is being launched to strengthen our community partnerships and provide formal opportunities for you to become involved with the HCoA!
Packages include benefits such as joining our mailing list to learn about and share information, opportunities to host an exhibit at wide-scale community events, and more! For only $5/Individual, $25/Non-Profit Organization, and starting at $75/Business, you can officially join the HCoA!
The HCoA Opportunities Package for Partners in Positive Aging will officially launch at the HCoA 12th Annual General Meeting on Monday, September 23 at Liuna Station. This will be the first opportunity for organizational members to host an exhibit, so don’t miss out! The deadline to become a partner to register an exhibit at this event is September 2.
Please take a moment to view the attached package and discover the ways that you can benefit and help us make positive aging a visible reality in Hamilton! To become a HCoA 2019-2020 partner in positive aging, please fill out our form (linked here.)
Since May 2016, with support from the Government of Canada’s New Horizons for Seniors Program, seven organizations in Hamilton collaborated to measurably reduce rates of seniors’ isolation in the population and to build our community’s capacity to identify, reach and connect isolated seniors and to prevent isolation in future. Guided by the Collective Impact Model for sustained community development and change, four overall population level goals were targeted: 20% of isolated seniors in Hamilton will have improved access to help and support; 10% will
participate more regularly in activities; 20% will feel more connected to people; and 10% will feel more valued by people. Please click here to read the Final Evaluation Report for the HSIIP Project, as of April, 2019.
Update: The Government of Canada granted an extension for the Hamilton Seniors’ Isolation Impact Plan (HSIIP) Project until Dec. 2019, with a goal of enhancing program sustainability to build community for seniors in greater Hamilton. An update and report back to the community will be released at a large-scale public event in September, 2019 (details to be confirmed.) For more information, please contact us.