Through education and advocacy the Cambridge Council on Aging has advanced an age friendly community by:
- partnering with CMHC and Social Planning Council CND to host three regional meetings highlighting housing options for older adults: co-housing, home share secondary suites and Abbeyfield projects
- hosting three Creative Aging events to showcase the creative work and opportunities existing in our community.
Your creative project might be a painting, a mural, craft or sculpture. You might be getting ready to write a book, a play or make a vision board and plan for your retirement years. We all express our creative spirit in a variety of ways.
- addressing social isolation and loneliness among older adults through a New Horizons Grant:
One of the ways that this will be accomplished is through partnerships with the Cambridge Self Help Food Bank, Housing Cambridge, and the CCOA. The SPCCND will collaborate with the CCOA throughout the project as they are a recognized local leader in addressing seniors’ issues.
The core activity in this project involves engaging and training local seniors to be volunteer mentors for other seniors. Mentors will be trained to run workshops on social isolation where participants will receive mentoring, encouragement and support toward increasing their civic involvement and building and maintaining a more robust social network. This project will benefit the continued development of the City of Cambridge as an age friendly community.
The Cambridge Council on Aging is maintaining a ‘voice’ for older adults by participating in the following regional and city committees:
- Regional Well being initiative
- Solutions to Poverty Waterloo region
- City of Cambridge Diversity Strategy
- City of Cambridge Mayors Task Force on Opioids
- Southern Ontario Network for Age Friendly Communities
Congratulations to the City of Cambridge
Recognized as an Ontario Age-Friendly Community
Cambridge Times: Cambridge recognized as age-friendly community