As the senior population across Canadian communities continues to increase, it is more important than ever to support the health and well-being of older adults. The city of Vaughan is a growing municipality, expected to reach a population of approximately 500,000 by 2041. It is projected that older adults (55 years and older) will make up the largest portion of the population of Vaughan, representing more than 30 per cent of the total population by 2031. The City of Vaughan is taking steps to create a more age-friendly community, where all residents can be active and engaged members of society at every stage of life.
Over the next year, the City will be developing an Age-Friendly Community Action Plan that will be informed by studying local data and key age-friendly indicators, reviewing best practices and promising approaches from other communities, and capturing insights, feedback and ideas from residents and community stakeholders.
One of the first steps in creating a more age-friendly city is engaging residents in identifying current and future age-friendly needs across the City. Community members can sign up for the first in a series of workshops, taking place virtually on Tuesday April 20, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Those interested can sign up online. Residents, over the age of 55, or caring for someone over the age of 55, can also participate in an online survey. The survey will be available until Monday April 26. To learn more about opportunities to participate in the development of the City’s Age-Friendly Community Action Plan please visit vaughan.ca/AgeFriendly.
Age-friendly communities support aging with dignity, respect and independence, and promote the inclusion of older adults in all areas of community life. Importantly, by planning for the needs of the older-adult population, age-friendly communities are designed to better meet the needs of all residents. As part of its Global Age-Friendly Cities Project, the World Health Organization (WHO) identifies eight key areas of community life in which communities can become more age-friendly:
- Outdoor spaces and buildings
- Respect and social inclusion
- Civic participation and employment
- Communication and information
- Community support and health services
- Social participation
The Age-Friendly Community Action Plan is being developed under the direction and guidance of the City’s Older Adult Task Force. The task force’s mandate is to make recommendations on the implementation of action items related to the City’s Older Adult Strategy, including exploring opportunities to move towards an age-friendly community and the promotion of healthy seniors.
Vaughan’s Age-Friendly Community Action Plan reinforces the City’s commitment to Active, Safe and Diverse Communities, a strategic priority in the 2018-2022 Term of Council Service Excellence Strategic Plan that aims to enhance well-being, enrich Vaughan communities and maintain safety in the community.
Virtual Fitness Classes for Seniors
The City of Vaughan continues to provide support for seniors as facilities and amenities cancel all in-person fitness classes. Each week, one virtual fitness class will be dedicated to older adults. Gentle Wednesday’s will feature a slower-paced and low-impact version of a traditional fitness class with modified movements to suit older adults. Each 45-minute class will be available on Recreation Services’ YouTube channel.
Seniors can also signup for virtual fitness classes, livestreamed by our Vaughan Fitness instructions via Zoom. Live interaction, instructor feedback…and the energy of other members to keep you motivated! Classes include: CIRC-HIIT, Yoga Fusion, Barre, Zumba, Pilates and Total Body Conditioning. For more information about scheduling and registration, click here.
VPL’s Virtual Events!
Virtual Adult Book Club
Small Game Hunting at the Local Coward Gun Club by Megan Gail Goles
By turns savage, biting, funny, poetic, and heartbreaking, Newfoundland playwright Megan Gail Coles’s debut novel rips into the inner lives of a wicked cast of characters, exposing class, gender, and racial tensions over the course of one Valentine’s Day in the dead of a winter storm. Finalist, CBC Canada Reads. Finalist, Scotiabank Giller Prize.
Ebook link: https://www.hoopladigital.com/title/12248733
Date: Thursday, May 6, 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Session is hosted live on Zoom. Register on Eventbrite.
Virtual Writer’s Room
Join us for an online chat with local writers. It’s a great place to discuss topics like plot, character, and style! Sessions are hosted live on Zoom. Register on Eventbrite.
Date: Tuesday, April 20. 2021 from 7:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
Session is hosted live on Zoom. Register on Eventbrite.
Curbside Pickup Service
Our libraries may be closed, but our entire collection is still here for you! You may place holds on materials from any of our libraries and pick them up during our Curbside Pickup Service hours or regular opening hours at any of our three resource libraries. Our staff members are also available to help with your selection if you require assistance or would like recommendations catered to your preferences.
Simply fill out and submit the web form to request staff assistance. As a reminder, items that you borrow will no longer incur late fees. We are experiencing a high level of demand which may impact the time it takes to prepare items for pickup.
Great Walks of Vaughan
Enjoy the outdoors and discover local neighbourhoods, nature walks and trail sites while getting active. Walking, riding or rolling is a great way to explore our city and improve your health, fitness and happiness levels. Download the Great Walks of Vaughan Walking Trail Guide.
Check out these amazing trails:
- William Granger Greenway Nature Walk
- Mackenzie Glen Neighbourhood Walk
- Sonoma Heights Neighbourhood Walk
- Peter Rupert Neighbourhood Walk
- Rainbow Creek Neighbourhood Walk
- Marita Payne Neighbourhood Walk
- Riverwalk Neighbourhood Walk
- Maple Nature Reserve Nature Walk
- Jersey Creek Neighbourhood Walk
- Sugarbush Nature Walk
- Vellore Neighbourhood Walk
- North Maple Regional Park Nature Walk
- Practise physical distancing with anyone outside of your household by staying two metres away from everyone else.
- Wear a face mask or covering when inside public places and when physical distancing cannot be maintained.