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The Council on Aging of Ottawa Special Event:

On March 6th, 2013 THE CITY OF OTTAWA, in co-ordination with its community partner THE COUNCIL ON AGING OF OTTAWA held an event with His Worship Jim Watson, Mayor of the City of Ottawa to officially launch the Older Adult Plan and announce the city being internationally recognized as a member of the World Health Organization`s Global Network of Age-Friendly Cities and Communities.

The photo features COA Executive Director Louis Plourde, Mayor Jim Watson, COA President Kathy Yach, Councillor Mark Taylor and Age Friendly Ottawa Director Dominique Paris-MacKay with the official plaque from the WHO.
The COA would like to thank those who attended the event and made it a great success.

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Age Friendly Ottawa was congratulated by the Ontario Minister responsible for Seniors, Mr. Mario Sergio, for being internationally recognized as a member of the World Health Organization`s Global Network of Age-Friendly Cities and Communities.

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February 2013

The Council on Aging is now on Facebook!

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The Council on Aging of Ottawa announces a new

Executive Director

Roundtable on November 6, 2012

On November 6, 2012 The Council on Aging of Ottawa hosted a roundtable with the Honourable Alice Wong, Minister of State for Seniors and local seniors’ organizations to discuss ways that seniors can stay informed, engaged and active.


The Council on Aging Project: Age Friendly Ottawa (AFO) at the Canadian Association on Gerontology Conference in Vancouver Oct 18-20

AFO gave a presentation on the innovative collaborative approach to the Age Friendly Global Cities Model for Ottawa, at the Canadian Association on Gerontology (CAG)Annual Conference in Vancouver

A member of our Age Friendly Ottawa Steering Committee was honoured. Dr Louise Plouffe was presented with the CAG Contribution to Gerontology Award in recognition for her outstanding contribution to the field of Aging, with particular mention for her exceptional work on the World Health Organization Age Friendly Cities Initiative. Congratulations Louise!


Dr. Allan Moscovitch Professor of Social Work Policy at Carleton University led a spirited lecture and discussion on the Canadian pension system at the Council on Aging of Ottawa on 28 March 2012.

In light of the recent federal government decision to increase the age of eligibility for Old Age Security (OAS) in 2029 from 65 years to 67 years, talking pensions with seniors is a hot topic.

Professor Moscovitch highlighted that:
4.7 million people now receive Old Age Security. Current spending on Old Age Security is $27 billion. While these seem like large imposing numbers, projected total pension costs as a percentage of total gross domestic product for Canada are expected to rise from only 4% this year to 5% by 2035.

Old Age Security is a key reason that poverty rates among seniors have dropped dramatically relative to 40 years ago.

What does this mean?
Future projected spending on Old Age Security is not a problem. On the contrary it is a program that should be maintained and strengthened in the future. Seniors with income security is a factor that contributes to a healthy economy.

Please click here for the full presentation.

Evelyn Maloney (right), chair of Members.com, introducing guest speakers and board members, Eric Cosgrove (middle) and Trudy Sutton (left).

COA hosted a Lunch & Learn
on current trends in housing for Ottawa seniors on January 25, 2012. The presentation addressed 3 questions:

  1. Where will I live?
  2. How will I live?
  3. And, how will I pay for it?

Trudy Sutton, a housing specialist, and Eric Cosgrove, Real Estate Broker, took us on a tour of the Ottawa housing scene. Highlights included:

The average price for a new 1000 sq. ft condo in Ottawa is $467,000. This casts a new light on the 'rent vs. own' discussion for seniors.

A revised version of the extended family is making a come-back in the form of shared housing, where like minded seniors live together in a renovated Victorian era home.

And some aspects of co-housing - "a community approach to independent living" - are starting to show up in Ottawa.

Evelyn Maloney & Cal Martell enjoying 'High Tea.'
Evelyn Maloney, chair of Members.com, chatting with fellow board member, Cal Martell.

The annual Volunteer and Members Appreciation Event was held on December 1, 2011. It was an opportunity for the staff at COA to show our thanks to our dedicated volunteers and members, whose contributions to COA are invaluable.

"Our volunteers and members are the heart of the Council on Aging...they define, inspire and lead us to be the 'Community Voice for seniors" in the Ottawa area," said Members.com chair, Evelyn Maloney.

The staff worked diligently to prepare a scrumptious 'High Tea', involving tea cakes and sandwiches, accompanied by the gifted harpist, Donna MacDonell.

December 2011

A New Paradigm to Solve the Alternative Level of Care Crisis: A Way Forward
July 2011

Submission to the Ontario Seniors’ Secretariat on the Proposed Initial Draft Regulations under the Retirement Homes Act, 2010
April 2011

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