1. Builders of Niagara Connects Honoured Through Launch of niagaraknowledgeexchange.com Planning Tool

    Welland, Ontario.  People from across Niagara honoured the Builders of Niagara Connects today by officially launching niagaraknowledgeexchange.com.  This online tool is a source of information for people seeking relevant, reliable information to support evidence-informed planning toward a stronger future for Niagara.  Forty-five community leaders were recognized for leading hundreds of...
  2. Niagara Connects wants to see the region reach its full potential

    By Maryanne Firth, The Tribune Thursday, November 28, 2013 4:56:49 EST PM And to help it do that, the volunteer-led network has been hard at work over the past eight years creating tools to help strengthen Niagara’s future. During a networking breakfast Thursday at Riverstone Event Centre in Welland, the...
  3. Taking the pulse of Niagara’s young adults

    By Don Fraser, QMI Agency THOROLD, October 29, 2013 THOROLD – This is a youthful generation under a world of stress. And while they’ve never been better educated, they’re often in deep debt and can take years to land decent employment. Their mental health is feeling the strain and many of them are becoming...

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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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