County launches age-friendly community survey, open through 2023
The County of Simcoe is launching its 2023 Age-Friendly Community Survey to understand the most pressing age-friendly priorities in our communities and measure the Age-Friendly Program awareness. The survey is available on the county’s website and at various locations throughout the region. Surveys must be completed before Dec. 31, and participants can enter a prize draw.
“The County of Simcoe is working hard to build up our age-friendly communities, putting the needs of our older adults at the heart of what we are doing,” said Warden Basil Clarke. “We have made great progress on what we set out to do with our first Age- Friendly Strategy created in 2018. As we plan for the future, we are calling on our residents to let us know what they would like to see, and to help us create another successful Age-Friendly Strategy that is built around them and their needs.”
Between 2018 and 2023, the county was implementing its first Simcoe County Positive Aging Strategy, which contained 141 recommendations. A significant number of these recommendations have now been completed and many have become part of the County’s ongoing processes in age-friendly initiatives that are offered on an annual basis. Some of the important projects completed through Age-Friendly since 2018 include: Public Transit to Key Communities and Hubs, Accessible Door-to-Door Transit Service, Age-Friendly webpage, Age- Friendly Seniors Housing Grant, Age-Friendly Toolkit for Business Sector, and an Age-Friendly Individual Recognition Program.
To ensure the success of the 2024- 2028 Age-Friendly Strategy, the county is counting on all local voices being heard. If you are an older adult over the age of 65, or you would like to submit feedback on behalf of a senior, please help improve your community by filling out this survey before Dec. 31. The survey may take about 20-25 minutes to complete. All feedback will remain anonymous and will only be used for Age-Friendly Community Planning.
Surveys can be completed online at simcoe.ca/age-friendly. Printed versions will also be available at more than 60 locations, including the County Administration Centre, museum, and long-term care and seniors services facilities. For an extensive list of locations, visit simcoe.ca/age-friendly.
People who submit a completed survey are eligible to win prizes: Braestone Club Ktchn Restaurant Gift Card ($500 value); Vetta Spa Gift Card ($150 value); Georgian Bay Gift Basket ($100 value); or Tiny Township Gift Basket ($70 value).