What are Seniors Information and Active Living fairs?
The Seniors Information and Active Living Fair is a public education initiative, developed in partnership between the Older Adult Centres’ Association of Ontario (OACAO) and the Ministry of Seniors Affairs, the funder, to increase seniors awareness about the programs and services to which they are entitled, knowledge on healthy aging and lifestyles and recognition of seniors contributions. There are two components to the fairs: a tradeshow and a series of seminars.
How are they funded?
In partnership with the Ministry of Seniors Affairs, the Older Adult Centres’ Association of Ontario provides funding to OACAO member centres and Elderly Persons Centres to develop, organize and implement Fairs for their specific communities.
The Seniors Information and Active Living Fairs are funded by the Ministry of Seniors Affairs and administered by the Older Adult Centres’ Association of Ontario under the Coordination of Shelley Wesseling, OACAO Fairs Coordinator. Shelley can be contacted at 905-728-2358 or by email.
What kind of seminars take place?
Examples of past seminars include:
- Advanced Care Planning; Frauds and Scams; Safe Medications; and The Seniors Guide, presented by the Ministry of Seniors Affairs
- Aging Safely in the New Millennium, presented by Elder Abuse Ontario
- Get Your Money! – Understanding Ontario’s Tax Credits and Benefits for Seniors, presented by the Ministry of Finance
- Winter Driving for Seniors’; and The New Senior Driver License Renewal Program, presented by the Ministry of Transportation
- Interactive and informative sessions on consumer rights and public safety, presented by the Ministry of Government and Consumer Services
- Falls Prevention
- Safe Meds for Seniors
- Speaking of Bones
- Out-of-province/country medical insurance
- Nutrition/healthy eating
- How to get involved in community theatre/choir etc.
- Drawing classes by local, senior artists
What happens at the tradeshow?
Organizations are provided with a table to provide information and display the services and programs that they provide for older adults in a tradeshow format, along with seminars on various topics of interest to older adults and their families. Participants are encouraged to visit each tradeshow exhibitor to gain knowledge on the services or programs that they provide for seniors in your community.
What kind of organizations participate in the tradeshow?
Examples of organizations that participate in the tradeshow include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Alzheimer Society of Ontario (or other local Society)
- The Arthritis Society
- Canadian Cancer Society
- Canadian Diabetes Association
- Canadian Hearing Society
- Canadian Mental Health Association
- Canadian National Institute for the Blind
- Elder Abuse Ontario
- Home-care agencies
- Home support services
- Local Health Integration Network
- Local service clubs
- Long-term care facilities
- Ministry of Consumer Services
- Ministry of Seniors Affairs
- Not-for-profit community support organizations
- Older Adult Centres’ Association of Ontario
- OACAO Business Partners
- Ontario Ministry of Finance
- Organizations and Older Adult Centres
- Osteoporosis Canada
- Parks and Recreation Department
- Police and Fire Departments
- Public Health Department
- Public Library
- Red Cross Society
- Retirement homes
- Senior citizens clubs
- Social housing
- Specialty health services including vision, hearing and assistive devices
- Tour and bus companies
- Victorian Order of Nurses