Building an Age-Friendly Community

Social, Recreational, and Cultural Participation

Many seniors are not able to participate in social and recreational activities because of a variety of barriers. These barriers include cost, lack of information, a shortage of affordable venues; difficulties related to distance, scheduling and transportation and social isolation and exclusion.

Our Vision

An Age-Friendly Ottawa means that seniors have opportunities for active living, lifelong learning and social participation. The City of Ottawa and community partners work together to remove barriers that prevent seniors from participating in social and recreational activities.

Our Approach

Our approach is to work closely with the COA Francophone Affairs Committee and the COA Education and Events Committee to provide affordable learning opportunities. We bring Ottawa seniors together on a regular basis by organizing information events, continuing education events in partnership with University of Ottawa and Carleton University and special conferences, such as the Annual Conference on Spirituality and Aging.

Our Successes

In 2014 a number of continuing education events were hosted by the Council on Aging, including “The Made me Do It! The Psychology of Social Influence” by Professor Warren Thorngate of Carleton University. The 5th Annual Conference on Spirituality and Aging: Enriching Our Days, featuring Shirley Van Dusen and Dave Smith as keynote speakers, was held in June 2014.

What’s New

The 6th Annual Conference on Spirituality and Aging took place on 3rd June 2015 & featured keynote speakers Dr. Louise Coulombe and Dr. John Scott.

The 7th Annual Conference on Spirituality will take place in June 2016.