As the first wave of baby boomers turned 65 years old in 2011, we anticipate the number of older adults will increase significantly over the next few decades. By 2031, Statistics Canada estimates that there will be 9 million seniors in Canada, accounting for 25 percent of the total population.
The trend of the aging population in London and Middlesex mirrors the national average. In 2011, it was estimated that 28% of Londoners were 55 years and older.
A focus on health promotion and disease prevention enables older adults in the community to keep healthy and a good quality of life as they age. The Stepping Out Safely: Healthy Aging initiative aims to promote healthy aging in London and Middlesex.
Activities are offered from April to October in 2012 to raise awareness about healthy aging and the resources that are available in the community. Most activities are free.
We will launch the Stepping Out Safely: Healthy Aging initiative at Rexpo on Saturday April 14, 2012 from 9:30 am to 12:30 at the London Covent Garden Market.
The Stepping Out Safely: Healthy Aging wrap-up event will take place on Saturday October 13, 2012 from 9:45 am to 2:00 pm at the Carling Heights Optimist Community Centre. The wrap-up event provides lots of fun activities, lunch and refreshment. Registration is required with a charge of $5 per person.
Many community partners are involved in the Stepping Out Safely: Healthy Aging initiative. Please check the list of “Community Partners” below to see the community organizations and businesses that work together to support this initiative.
We invite you to check out the Calendar of Events for each month on various activities. And we invite you to take part in as many activities as you desire.
You can also download a “Healthy Aging Passport” to give you some ideas on healthy aging activities.
This event is brought to you by City of London, Council for London Seniors, Horton Street Seniors Centre, Middlesex-London Health Unit, Osteoporosis Canada, Third Age Outreach of St. Joseph's Health Care London and many community partners