Government is committing more than $13 million to SHIFT: Nova Scotia’s Action Plan for an Aging Population.
Premier Stephen McNeil made the announcement today, March 30.
“We want to celebrate the contributions older Nova Scotians make every day,” said Premier McNeil. “This plan will ensure our communities benefit from their knowledge, skills and experiences.”
By 2030 more than one in four Nova Scotians will be aged 65 and over.
“I am extremely pleased government is moving forward with this action plan. It enables and enhances older Nova Scotians participation in and contribution to society and the economy,” said Bill Berryman, chair of the Seniors Advisory Council of Nova Scotia. “Older adults play an important role in their communities and in this province.”
Nova Scotia’s first comprehensive action plan on aging identifies a dozen priority commitments with more than 50 specific actions.
The plan focuses on helping older Nova Scotians stay involved and connected to their communities, promoting healthy living and keeping older adults in the workforce.
The province will invest $13.6 million over the next three years. Part of that money enables Nova Scotia to access about $21.4 million from the federal government for affordable housing.
— helping older Nova Scotians stay in their homes longer
— improving access to affordable, healthy foods for vulnerable older adults
— highlighting the benefits to employers of hiring older workers and creating age-friendly workplaces
— working with partner organizations to promote mentorship opportunities for older adults
— supporting community transportation with a focus on rural communities
— helping older adults share and develop food and nutrition skills and knowledge
— promoting physical activity and regular exercise at all ages, including middle-aged and older adults, with a strong emphasis on walking
— giving communities funding for age-friendly planning
“I hope Nova Scotians of all ages embrace the messages and goals of this plan, and find their own way to make the province a better place for all of us,” said Marjorie Willison, aging-well advocate and co-chair of the action plan’s advisory committee. “The development of this action plan is a great example of how government and citizens can work together to make positive changes.”
Government connected with more than 600 Nova Scotians through the engagement process. That included community conversations and direct input from people and organizations.
For more information and to access the full plan, visit www.novascotia.ca/shift.