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Monday, December 23, 2013

E-newsletter called ‘’The Prime Times’’ .

Good afternoon, 
The Council on Aging of Ottawa is pleased to introduce 
the first issue of the E-newsletter called ‘’The Prime Times’’ .
DECEMBER 2013  Issue 1

Age-Friendly Ottawa
On November 1st, 2013 COA’s Age-Friendly Ottawa (AFO)
and the City of Ottawa submitted a joint Ottawa –Age-
Friendly Action Plan to the World Health Organization’s
(WHO) Global Network of Age-Friendly Cities. This plan
outlines the two partners’ commitment to mutually
supportive initiatives designed to enhance the quality of 
life for older adults in Ottawa through changes in programs, 
services and physical environments.
Aging in Ottawa
The COA was honoured to be invited to participate in the
inaugural television series on Rogers television hosted by
Bonnie Schroeder. Cal Martell, and AFO’s Caroline 
Midgely were interviewed on the role of COA in creating  
a more agefriendly community. A great friend of the COA, 
Dr. Bill Dalziel was interviewed October 1st on the topic of
successful aging.

Multicultural Transportation Event

The COA hosted an innovative Ottawa Seniors Transportation
Committee (OSTC) event on Oct 2nd, providing information
about “Seniors Transportation: Choices and Challenges” for
Ottawa immigrant seniors.
Ninety-four senior immigrants, representing many cultural
groups who spoke 8 different languages, took part with the
assistance of interpreters from partner agencies serving the
immigrant communities. We thank Jewish Family Services,
Ottawa Community Immigrant Services Organization 
(OCISO) and OC Transpo for collaborating on this event.
Living Longer Living Well
The COA Board approved a
review of all 166 recommendations of Dr. Sinha’s report 
prepared over the summer by our Health Issues Committee. 
It was submitted to the provincial government and Champlain
LHIN earlier this fall. While applauding the commitment to
what we view as the most comprehensive plan for
seniors’ health in 30 years, our response reinforces
recommendations intended to strengthen the coordination of
home and community care.
Three members of the Board were invited to meet with MPP
John Fraser to discuss the report on November 1st. The
full response is available at http://www.coaottawa.ca/documents/R
A Taste of Art!
The COA hosted its first Fundraising Gala at the residence 
of his Honourable Raymond Basset, the Irish Ambassador 
on November 7, 2013. The silent art auction featuring the 
works of artists Vove and Keith Yach was a
huge success. Thanks to the Ottawa Community Concert
Band, the evening was both artistic and musical.
We extend our gratitude to our sponsors The Rockcliffe 
and Nelligan O'Brien and Payne and to Graham Richardson,
CTV anchor, who was the MC.   But mostly we thank our guests
who made this both a memorable and rewarding event thereby
allowing the COA to continue to fund its various programs.
Le Comité
The Francophone Affairs Committee held two public
information sessions this fall. Both hosts were invited to 
take part in the Rogers TV show called Entre nous. René
Guitard , our guest lecturer at the Nov. 13th Lunch & 
Learn spoke to thirty participants on a sensitive issue titled 
“Power of Attorney or permission to get robbed”. The 
importance of obtaining two powers of attorney, one 
for property and another for personal care, was 
underlined as was the need to designate a person of 
Dr. Nathalie LeMarec spoke on a subject that is at 
the heart of our daily lives at the “TheImpact of Stress” 
Forum organized in partnership with the Department 
of Continuing Education at The University of Ottawa 
on Dec.4th.  

What is an age-friendly business?

An Age-Friendly business values its older consumers 
and is responsive to their diverse and evolving needs. 
It includes features such as:
- wider aisles and easily opened doors
- clear and readable signage
- places to sit and refresh
- patient, helpful staff
AFO Recognized Businesses
Bank of Montreal, College Square,
Bulk Barn, Billings Bridge
Dunrobin Meat and Grocery
Moores Clothing for Men, Lincoln Fields
Ross Independent Grocer
White Haven Pharmacy
(613) 789-3577 (ext.11)
coa@coaottawa.ca    www.coaottawa.ca

Best Wishes for the Holidays and 
Happy New Year 2014