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Older Adult Recreation Strategy

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About the Older Adult Recreation Strategy

The City of Waterloo has a long history of providing recreation and support services for older adults. Currently, the city operates two facilities, Adult Recreation Centre and Wing 404 RCAFA Rotary Adult Centre, where programs and activities are held for adults over the age of 55.

With long-time participants continuing to age, and a larger population of older adults coming forward with different needs and interests, the city has prepared a new older adult recreation strategy. The strategy was approved by Council in May 2015, and will be implemented over the next 5 years. More than 600 older adults provided input into the development of the strategy.

The strategy contains 5 goals and 24 recommendations for enhancing and improving recreation and support services for older adults provided through the city's Seniors Services Unit.

The five goals of the strategy are:

  1. Program delivery: provide relevant and appropriate programs and services for older adults of all ages and across the health continuum.
  2. Volunteers: increase volunteerism in City programs and servcies for older adults.
  3. Fees and charges: ensure City recreation programs and support programs are affordable for older adults.
  4. Recreation facilities: provide high quality, dedicated older adult facility space with easy physical access and a comfortable, welcoming environment.
  5. Local Health Integrated Network (LHIN) funded programs: grow and enhance the Home Supprt and Adult Day Programs, with funding through the LHIN, to support older adults to age in place and stay connected with the community.