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Five ways York Region supports seniors every day

Have you ever wondered how York Region supports seniors in the community?

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Have you ever wondered how York Region supports seniors in the community? York Region is continuing to celebrate seniors as part of International Day of Older Persons. There are so many ways York Region ensures seniors are able to live inclusive, healthy, well-balanced and safe lives – check out five of them here.

1. Commitment to seniors through the Seniors Strategy and supports

York Region’s seniors population is growing faster than any other age group in the Region. By 2026, the Region anticipates there will be more seniors than children. The Region has committed to supporting the health and well-being of our aging population through the York Region Seniors Strategy.

The strategy looks at the changing senior population, it defines our role in serving seniors and sets the course for action to best support the aging population over the next 10 to 20 years.

Key pressures identified in the areas of senior’s finances, mental and physical health issues, the ability to age in place and staying safe and connected to the community all contributed to the the identification of the Region’s four key roles in serving an aging population:

  • Balancing the needs of seniors with all residents
  • Keeping seniors healthier, longer
  • Supporting age-friendly, complete communities
  • Connecting seniors and caregivers to the right programs and services at the right times

The strategy guides present and future planning to balance the needs of all generations. Through the implementation of specific areas of action and advocacy, the strategy will be brought to life.

In support of keeping seniors healthy and safe as they age, York Region provides services to promote health, well-being, safety and independence of individuals requiring care. Services offered include adult day programs, client intervention and support, long-term care homes and short stay respite programs.

2. Personal Medical Information Kids

The Personal Medical Information Kit is a useful resource to help you manage your health information.

The kits can attach to your fridge or any other magnetic surface and are an easy way to contain copies of your medical documentation, including information about your medical history, any pre-existing conditions you have and a list of your medications.

The kit is designed to be visible and easily accessible by paramedics or other emergency services. It can assist with the speedy exchange of information to help enhance patient care.

York Region residents may receive their own kit by contacting Access York at 1-877-464-9675 or by visiting

An emergency situation or an evacuation can be a frightening and confusing time. It is important for you to be educated about the potential for emergencies, the steps to take to be prepared and the programs and services available to get help through an emergency and return to a regular routine. For more information on being prepared in an emergency, check out the Emergency Preparedness Guide.

3. Vaccinations are not just for kids

Vaccine-preventable diseases can impact anyone, at any age. It is important for everyone to keep their immunizations up to date to protect yourself, your family, your community and others against harmful and preventable diseases.

If you are a caregiver or you work/volunteer with babies, children, older adults, seniors or individuals with medical conditions, it is especially important to ensure your immunizations are up to date.

What vaccines do I need and when should I get them?

The protection offered by some vaccines only lasts a certain amount of time, so it’s important to receive booster doses in adulthood to keep yourself and those around you protected against these diseases.

As an adult you should be eligible to receive the following important free vaccines:

  • tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis (once in adulthood)
  • tetanus, diphtheria (every 10 years)
  • flu shot (every fall)
  • pneumococcal (at age 65)
  • shingles (one dose between age 65 to 70)

Talk to a health care provider today about ensuring you are up to date with these important vaccines and if you should receive any additional ones. Some vaccines can be given by a pharmacist.

Keep a record of when you were last vaccinated, so you can remember when you are due for a booster dose.

Visit for more information.

4. Accessible transit is a priority

Through Travel Training and Mobility Plus, York Region supports the mobility and safety of senior passengers as they commute throughout the Region.

Travel Training is available for customers of all ages and abilities who require additional knowledge and skills in order to use YRT independently. Travel training can empower riders to use transit so they can travel spontaneously, become more independent and improve their quality of life.

Mobility Plus is York Region’s door-do-door, shared ride, accessible public transit service for people with disabilities. If a passenger is unable to use regular public transit due to physical, cognitive, visual or sensory disabilities, Mobility Plus is a transportation option that would be suitable to their needs.

For more information on accessible transit options for seniors, visit

5. Accessible forests and trails encourage a healthy and well-balanced lifestyle

York Region maintains three trails accessible to wheelchairs and other assistive devices in the York Regional Forest. They can be found at these locations:

Hollidge Tract at 16389 Highway 48 (North of Aurora Road)
North Tract at 17054 Highway 48 (South of Davis Drive)
Hall Tract at 15681 McCowan Road (North of Aurora Road)

All Accessible trails have been widened, cleared of obstructions and graded to ensure ease-of-movement for all visitors. The trails range between one and two kilometer loops and pass through a variety of landscapes.

Accessible parking is available.

For more information vist forests and trails.

Seniors,Strategy York Region is continuing to celebrate seniors this week as part of International Day of Older Persons. The Regional Municipality of York en-US News

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