Town hosts open house focused on making Oakville more age-friendly

Residents aged 50+ invited to share their input on September 19, 2016

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Town hosts open house focused on making Oakville more age-friendly

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Gisele Shaw

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Gisele Shaw is the Manager of Corporate Communication for the town of Oakville since 2002. Prior to working for the town she worked for Halton Region as a communications specialist. She is a graduate of Humber College.

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Residents age 50 and older have an opportunity to help make Oakville a more age-friendly community by participating in an open house hosted by the town on Monday, September 19, 2016.

In an age-friendly community, policies, programs, services and environments support and enable people to live and age safely, enjoy good health and stay active and involved. Public input gathered at the open house will help the town develop programs and initiatives that will support the health and wellbeing of residents as they get older.

“We want to make sure Oakville’s livability can be enjoyed through every stage of life,” said Mayor Rob Burton. “This open house is an opportunity for residents to share their concerns, and for the town to better understand the needs and priorities of older adults and seniors in the community.”

According to 2011 census data, residents aged 50 or older make up about 33 per cent of Oakville’s total population. Fifteen per cent of residents are 50-59 years old, nine per cent are 60-69, five per cent are 70-79 and four per cent are 80 years old or older.

During the open house town staff will share some of the insights gathered through the Age-friendly Needs Assessment Survey that was conducted from June 16 to July 15, 2016. The survey asked a range of questions addressing the eight age-friendly community features identified by the World Health Organization: outdoor spaces and buildings, transportation, housing, respect and social inclusion, civic participation and employment, communication and information, community support and health services, and social participation.

The September 19, 2016 open house takes place at the Queen Elizabeth Community and Cultural Centre at 2302 Bridge Road. The session begins at 12:30 p.m. with registration and complimentary refreshments followed by a presentation and group discussions from 1 to 3 p.m. Those planning to attend are asked to register by emailing agefriendly@oakville.ca.

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