1. A snapshot of quality of life in Niagara

    Knowledge is king. And with it, a local organization aims to improve the quality of life for Niagarans. Niagara Connects released its Living in Niagara-2014 report Tuesday at the annual Niagara Community Foundation leaders breakfast at the Holiday Inn and Suites Parkway Conference Centre. Niagara Connects executive director Mary Wiley...
  2. Niagara Mental Health Charter Launched

    Niagara Falls Review May 28th, 2014 There is now a solid foundation in Niagara to address mental health and addictions. Following years of work by local agencies, facilitated by Niagara Connects and Healthy Living Niagara, the Niagara Mental Health and Addictions Charter was launched Wednesday at Welland Community Wellness Complex....
  3. Knowledge to drive action

    Niagara Connects launches online tool tracking 12 sectors of life in Niagara Niagara This Week – St. Catharines December 12, 2013 By  Steve Henschel WELLAND — Niagara Connects is taking its wealth of information online. Last week the Niagara-wide network focused on planning, learning and innovation for Niagara’s future celebrated the...

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Achieving “A Community for all Ages” Across Niagara: Be Informed, Celebrate Niagara’s Success, Become a Champion
All of us have a stake in ensuring our community is responsive to the needs of everyone as we age. This requires that citizens with diverse perspectives and roles be aware of the contributions older adults make within our community, celebrate the ways in which Niagara has already made progress towards becoming age-friendly and consider what they can do to help champion this work. Be Informed Today’s older adults make valuable contributions to the community, ranging from countless hours of volunteer work to their economic impact as consumers. Approximately 37% of the Niagara population is 55 years and over, compared to 30% for the rest of Canada (Statistics Canada, 2016). Current population growth in Niagara is from commuters and retirees moving to Niagara (Economic Discussion for Long-Term Regional Planning Issues in Niagara Region, June 2016) Most of today’s older adults are well and active, healthier and living longer to unprecedented levels, all of which provides for great opportunities. Older adults make up the bulk of the volunteer corps in many local community organizations. Baby Boomers control the bulk of wealth and spending; they spend 66% more on goods and services than millennial households (Environics Analytics). Celebrate Niagara’s Success There is a global movement towards age-friendly community planning and Niagara is making good progress toward this goal. Globally, the World Health Organization has fostered the development of “age-friendly communities” by identifying the relevant domains ranging from social inclusion to appropriate housing. The Government of Canada has recently appointed a new Minister of Seniors and the Province of Ontario has demonstrated leadership and support for age-friendly communities since 2013. In Niagara, the Age-Friendly Niagara Network (AFNN) has engaged hundreds of people in the community, to develop the Niagara Aging Strategy and Action Plan. The AFNN is currently implementing priority goals from among the 100 actions identified by the... read more ❯

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