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What’s New

What’s New at HCoA In partnership with Hamilton Public Health, the Seniors…

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Age-Friendly Hamilton

Introduction Hamilton’s Plan for an Age-Friendly City Age Friendly Hamilton Goals Age Friendly Tools…

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Age Friendly Resources

In 2014, while consulting for Hamilton’s Age Friendly Plan, we discovered that older…

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Improving Access for Seniors

Improving Access To Community Support Services for Seniors from Diverse Communities History…

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Hamilton Senior’s Social Isolation Project

Background The Hamilton Senior’s Social Isolation Project is a three-year project, funded…

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Committee Against Abuse of Older Person (CAAOP)

Who We Are What is Elder Abuse Signs of Elder Abuse Forms…

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2019 International Day of Older Persons Public Event

ALL Members of the Community are invited to attend Hamilton’s International Day of Older Persons Public Event

Tuesday, October 1, 2019, 10:00am to 2:00pm
David Braley Health Sciences Centre, McMaster University (100 Main St. W., Hamilton)

HAMILTON,ON-October 1st, 2019 – A coalition of retiree and support organizations invite all members of the community to join us at this free annual event to celebrate the United Nations International Day of Older Persons. Hamilton’s 2019 International Day of Older Persons Event will take place on Tuesday, October 1, at a *new location: David Braley Health Health Sciences Centre (100 Main St. W., Hamilton.) The event will commence at 10am.

Good to Know
The City of Hamilton will raise the IDOP Flag at Hamilton City Hall on October 1 to recognize the International Day of Older Persons and the contributions of older adults to our community.

TAKE THE HSR! David Braley Health Sciences Centre is located in the centre of Hamilton at 100 Main St. W. Please consider taking the bus! Visit www.hamilton.ca/hsr to plan your trip.

PARKING: Paid parking is available in municipal lots surrounding the facility. There is paid underground parking available at the Hamilton Convention Centre (1 Summers Ln.)  Drivers are encouraged to Carpool.

Upcoming All Candidates’ Nights(Seniors’ Issues)

Loctions: VARIOUS

Good to Know
 These are FREE public events. Registration is not required.
 The theme for discussion is seniors’ issues.
 All venues are fully accessible, can be travelled to by HSR & have parking available.
 Light refreshments will be served.

About : Our population is aging. The 2016 census counted 93,000 seniors (65+) in Hamilton. This represents 17% of our total population – a percentage which is expected to double over the next two decades. The federal government has a significant role to play in creating healthy communities for Canadians to age positively, safely and securely.

In preparation for the Oct. 21 federal election, the Retired Teachers of Ontario (RTO) District 13 Hamilton-Wentworth- Haldimand, the Hamilton Council on Aging, and the Hamilton branches of the Congress of Union Retirees and the National Association of Federal Retirees are co-sponsoring multiple All Candidates’ Meetings:

(Hamilton West-Ancaster-Dundas)
Tues., Sept. 24, 7- 9pm, the Hamilton Spectator Auditorium- 44 Frid St.

• (Hamilton Mountain)
DATE TO BE CONFIRMED, 2, 7- 9pm, St. Jean de Brébeuf Secondary School- 200 Acadia Dr.

• (Hamilton Centre)
Wed., Oct. 9, 7 – 9pm, St. Peter’s Hospital Auditorium – 88 Maplewood Ave.

All registered candidates will be invited to participate at respective events. Each candidate will be provided with the opportunity to address their (party’s) platform re: promoting the health and well-being of older adults. Key topics including a National Seniors’ Strategy, Pharmacare, and Retirement Income Security will be addressed as per the RTO-ERO Vibrant Voices Campaign. Members of the audience will be provided with the opportunity to pose questions to candidates related to the theme of seniors’ issues. Doors for each event will open at 6:30pm. Meetings will begin promptly at 7pm.

Age Friendly Hamilton 2.0

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

  1. Complete our Individual Survey- PRINT 
  2. Complete our Individual Survey- ONLINE (Coming in July 2019)
  3. Organize a Group Discussion (Please utilize the attached Discussion Guide)
  4. 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 (kielys@hhsc.ca, 905-777-3837 ext. 12238) 

What’s New

JOIN THE HCoA! *NEW* Opportunities Package for Partners in Positive Aging

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.)


HCoA is offering Let’s Ride a Bike Workshops (reintroduction to cycling) for seniors at Victoria Park this Fall! Please click here for dates-details-& to register!

Hamilton Seniors Isolation Impact Plan Evaluation Report

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.