Over the next two decades, the number of seniors in Toronto will more than double. To prepare for this, the City adopted its first age-friendly plan – the Toronto Seniors Strategy – in 2013. With 86 of the original 91 recommendations now implemented, the City and I, in my capacity as Toronto’s Seniors’ Advocate, are working with older Torontonians, caregivers, agencies and other orders of government to co-create the next version – “2.0”.
As part of this next phase in the strategy, I proposed to City staff that we consult with older adults who are patients at Toronto’s hospitals. Hospitalized seniors can often feel more like patients than citizens of our city. Today, we brought the City to them at Sunnybrook Hospital, where I was delighted to learn about the best ways to help them. I look forward to participating in subsequent consultations at our hospitals to gather further thoughtful feedback from in-patients on how we can improve their quality of life and connectedness to their city, as we develop Toronto’s Seniors Strategy.