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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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Hamilton Senior’s Social Isolation Project

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What                                      Hamilton’s International Day of Older Persons Public Event

When                                     Monday October 1, 2018

Time                                       10:00am to 2:00pm

Where                                    Hamilton City Hall, 71 Main St. W (2nd Floor)

Cost                                       FREE!

About the event

HAMILTON,ON-October 1st, 2018 – A coalition of retiree organizations including supportive organizations – United Way Halton & Hamilton, City of Hamilton and the Hamilton Council on Aging are coordinating a special event to celebrate the United Nations International Day of Older Persons. The event will take place at the Hamilton City Hall (2nd Floor) on Monday October 1st, commencing at 10am. Mayor Fred Eisenberger will bring greetings at 10:30 am.

The International Day of Older Persons [IDOP] was proclaimed in 1982 by the United Nations General Assembly reaffirming its commitment to the promotion and protection of human rights and called for the elimination of age discrimination, neglect, abuse and violence. The Day of Older Persons is also a time to celebrate the contributions of older adults to our community and the important role that they continue to play, especially in the Greater Hamilton area. THE THEME OF THIS YEARS IDOP CELEBRATION IS SENIORS’ HEALTH, WELL-BEING & QUALITY OF LIFE.


Presentations by    

    • Dr. Parminder Raina, McMaster University: Seniors’ Health, Well-Being & Quality of Life
    • Lisa Bastien, Canadian Labour Congress: Need for a National Pharmacare Plan
    • Natalie Mehra, Ontario Health Coalition: Health Care Under a Ford Government
    • Jean-Guy Souliere, National Association of Federal Retirees: Retirement Security Concerns & Issues


Good to Know         

  • The City of Hamilton will raise the IDOP Flag at Hamilton City Hall from September 28 until October 1 to recognize the International Day of Older Persons and the contributions of older adults to our community.
  • GETTING TO THE 2018 IDOP EVENT:PARKING:  Paid parking is available in municipal lots located at Hamilton City Hall (1st & 2nd level.) There is underground parking available at the Hamilton Convention Centre       (1 Summers Ln.) Drivers are encouraged to carpool.
  • TAKE THE HSR!  Hamilton City Hall is conveniently located in the centre of the City, adjacent to the MacNab St. Bus Terminal. Please consider taking the bus to the 2018 International Day of Older Persons. Visit www.hamilton.ca/hsr  to plan your trip!


MEDIA CONTACT: For more information, please contact Malcolm Buchanan at macbuchanan@rogers.com or 289-439-0157

Hamilton Council on Aging – 11th Annual Report to the Community

On Friday September 21, 2018, HCoA hosted its 11th Annual General Meeting & Community Forum at St. Peter’s Hospital, Hamilton.

The HCoA Board extends special thanks to the Honourable Filomena Tassi, Minister of Seniors, Member of Parliament for Hamilton-West-Ancaster-Dundas for providing a heartening keynote address for our audience of 150+ community members!

Please click here to view the Hamilton Council on Aging 11th Annual Report to the Community.

Thank you to all members, volunteers, funders, partners, and supporters for making our work possible and for supporting us in working towards our vision to make positive aging a reality in Hamilton!

Register Today: GERAS-Women4Change Positive Aging Series

With support from the Hamilton Community Foundation, Women4Change Fund, HCoA – in partnership with GERAS is pleased to launch a NEW POSITIVE AGING SERIES for women & men. GERAS – Women4Change is an evidence-informed Workshop Series modeled after the highly regarded GERAS-TO-GO.

A series of 6 interactive workshops for seniors are led by retired women, with backgrounds in health & education. Workshops are interactive, designed to enhance wellness, community knowledge & empower participants to create positive changes to age well. Topics in the Series include:

  • What to Expect as we Age
  • Nutrition Tips & Advice
  • Mental Fitness
  • Social Fitness
  • Strategies to keep your Independence &
  • Physical Fitness

There are still limited spots available  for the following upcoming series:

  • Location 1: Stoney Creek Recreation Centre,– 1 to 3:30pm on Tuesday’s, beginning Oct. 2
  • Location 2: YWCA Macnab St. Active Living Centre – 1:30 to 4pm on Wednesday’s, beginning Oct. 10


TO REGISTER, PLEASE CONTACT SHELAGH KIELY at 905-777-3837 ext. 12238 or kielys@hhsc.ca

Free Registration will be accepted on a first come, first serve basis.

Please click here to view the flyer for more information.