Hamilton, City of

Name of Committee: Friendly Hamilton (Partnership of the Hamilton Council on Aging, City of Hamilton & Seniors Advisory Committee)

Population: 536,917

Contact:

Program Description

Hamilton is currently at the end of their 4th year of a 5 year implementation plan. This is the first Seniors Strategy (Age Friendly Plan) for Hamilton. In 2019, they will be developing the second iteration of Hamilton’s Age Friendly Plan.  This will include broad community engagement across greater Hamilton, including all rural areas.  The focus will also be reaching diverse populations.

Hamilton’s Age Friendly Plan has 7 goals, 25 objectives and 101 actions.  As of March 2018, 40% of the actions were completed, 50% in the planning or implementing stages, and 10% will be assessed for completion by 2019.

Hamilton AFC model

 

Current Funding:

  • HCOA has an annual funding agreement with City of Hamilton

Current and Completed AFC Projects, Programs, Initiatives:

Project/Program/InitiativeRelated Domain
All Season Walkability Checklist (Walkability checklist for older adults to audit the walkability and safety of an area)Outdoor Spaces and Public Buildings
Pedestrian Crossovers and Signalized IntersectionsOutdoor Spaces and Public Buildings
Seniors and Pedestrian Safety Workshops (To increase the safety of senior pedestrians by building capacity around the use of new pedestrian crossovers at signalized intersections)

Outdoor Spaces and Public Buildings

Communication and Information

"Let’s Get Moving" (Two year project designed to inspire older adults to become engaged in active forms of transportation. Comprised of three types of workshops: “Let’s Take the Bus”, “Let’s Ride a Bike”, and “Let’s Take a Walk”)

Transportation

Outdoor Spaces and Public Buildings

Community Bus Program (One year funding to continue to offer free or low cost transportation for seniors and older adults residing in rural communities)Transportation
Grocery Shopping for Older Adults (Brochure to increase awareness about services to assist with grocery shopping in greater Hamilton)

Transportation

Communication and Information

Community Support and Health Services

Brochures for Landlords (Information and tips about home adaptations for tenants and owners)Housing
Intergenerational Co-Housing (McMaster University piloting a co-housing program that matches grad students looking for low cost housing with older adults age 55+ in exchange for help with household chores)Housing
Advocacy for National Housing Strategy (Released in 2017)Housing
“Housing Options for Older Adults in Hamilton” (Housing Guide)Housing
Seniors Centres and Clubs (New Seniors Centre in Flamborough in 2015, new Seniors Club in Strathcona neighbourhood in 2017, and new Centre set to open in October 2018)Social Participation
55+ It’s Your Day Recreation Programming (Expanded programming for seniors)Social Participation
55+ Program GuideSocial Participation
Cyber Seniors (Intergenerational pilot project where seniors are matched with secondary and post-secondary students to learn the basics of the iPad, and to create and share videos stories)

Social Participation

Respect and Social Inclusion

IMHope (Student-led program that partners elementary schools with retirement homes in their local community for a month-long music engagement program facilitated by McMaster University students)

Social Participation

Respect and Social Inclusion

Seniors Kick-Off Event (Includes various exhibits, workshops, entertainment, and a luncheon)Social Participation
Hamilton Seniors Isolation Impact Plan (3 year funded collaborative (2016-2019) aimed at reducing social isolation among seniors)Respect and Social Inclusion
Portraits of Aging (Senior-led initiative to combat ageism by sharing stories, lessons, wisdom and inspirational messages from local older adults)Respect and Social Inclusion
Seniors of Canada, Hamilton Project (Led by Gilbrea Student Group at McMaster University, aims to portray seniors as they are to combat age stereotypes through intergenerational picture and story sharing,  funded by the Student Proposals for Intellectual Community and Engaged Scholarship (SPICES))Respect and Social Inclusion
Age-Friendly University (McMaster University is the second university in Canada to join the International Age-Friendly University (AFU) network)Respect and Social Inclusion
Peer Connectors (Program recruits and trains older adult volunteers to provide face-to-face contact, connecting seniors with community information and services)Civic Participation and Employment
Senior of the Year Awards (Celebrates those citizens over the age of 65 who have voluntarily contributed to their community in various areas)Civic Participation and Employment
Volunteer Fair (50 organizations and 200 people in attendance, education provided on volunteer opportunities)Civic Participation and Employment
Community Resources for Older Adults (Guide, available in print or online)Communication and Information
Resources Webpage for Older Adults (Central source of information and links for older adults)Communication and Information
Digital Literacy for Older Adults (Programs are offered by the Public Library, YWCA Seniors Active Living Centres and the City’s Recreation Department)

Communication and Information

Social Participation

GERAS Workshops (A series of 12 workshops on a variety of topics including health, housing, etc. developed by GERAS and delivered by volunteer retired experts in the fields)

Communication and Information

Community Paramedicine Supporting Seniors (Hamilton Paramedic Service supports through home visits, City Housing Hamilton health clinics and remote patient monitoring)Community Support and Health Services
Elder Abuse Education: “It’s Not Right!” (Train the trainer workshops are being provided by Elder Abuse Ontario in partnership with Hamilton organizations)

Community Support and Health Services

Respect and Social Inclusion

Financial Empowerment Strategy (Social Planning and Research Council (SPRC) has received 3 year funding (2018 to 2021) to help low-income citizens, including seniors access financial resources they are entitled to)Community Support and Health Services
Annual Age-Friendly Symposium (opportunity to communicate progress under Hamilton’s Age-Friendly Plan)All
Age Friendly Evaluation Framework and Dashboard (monitor the progress and milestones of Hamilton’s Age Friendly Plan)All
New Customer Service Model (online customer service training program for all City staff)All
Ontario Age Friendly Community Recognition Award (awarded in Category 2)All
World Health Organization (certified member of the WHO’s Global Network of Age Friendly Cities and Communities)All

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This profile was updated September 2018.