Thunder Bay aims to be an Age Friendly city.

Being Age Friendly recognizes the great diversity among seniors and promotes the inclusion of seniors in all areas of community life.

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Age Friendly is good for Thunder Bay.

Being Age Friendly respects seniors’ decisions, lifestyle choices, anticipates and responds flexibly to aging-related needs and preferences.

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Age Friendly is good for Thunder Bay.

Being Age Friendly respects seniors’ decisions, lifestyle choices, anticipates and responds flexibly to aging-related needs and preferences.

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COVID -19 Information

As a precautionary measure and to help prevent the spread of disease, all Age-Friendly Thunder Bay Steering Committee meetings and Working Group meetings are postponed until further notice. Thank you for your cooperation and understanding. If you require any information, please contact the coordinator at bonniekrysowaty@gmail.com.

Returning from travel

Anyone who has travelled outside of Canada should:

  • self-isolate for 14 days when they return. People who are self-isolating should not go to work
  • monitor themselves for symptoms of the 2019 novel coronavirus for 14 days after returning to Canada
  • contact their primary care provider or Telehealth Ontario at  1-866-797-0000 if they experience symptoms of the 2019 novel coronavirus

In addition:

  • Workers who have travelled and are part of workplaces that are essential to daily living are able to return to work as long as they do not have symptoms. However, they should self-monitor for a period of 14 days and identify themselves to their employer so that a plan can be put into place to ensure the protection of those workplaces.
  • Children under the age of 16 years who have travelled outside of Canada should also self-isolate for a period of 14 days. Parents should actively monitor their children’s symptoms. Children who are self-isolating should stay at home and avoid social gathering points such as community centres or parks.

Learn about travel advisories related to the 2019 novel coronavirus.


Declaration of emergency

The province has enacted a declaration of emergency to help contain the spread of COVID-19 and protect the public.

As a result, the following establishments are required to close immediately:

  • all bars and restaurants, except to the extent that such facilities provide takeout and food delivery
  • all facilities providing indoor recreational programs
  • all public libraries
  • all private schools
  • all licensed child care centres
  • all movie cinemas
  • all theatres, including those offering live performances of music, dance and other art forms
  • all concert venues

Additionally, all organized public events of over 50 people are prohibited, including parades, events and communal services within places of worship.

These orders will remain in place until March 31, 2020, when the province will reassess for an extension or end the closures.


Hand Hygiene


Preventing coronavirus

Do you think you might have COVID-19? Use our self-assessment tool to find out what to do.

Canadians should continue to think ahead about the actions that they can take to stay healthy and prevent the spread of COVID-19 in Canada, including:


Self-monitor, self-isolate and isolate

There is a difference between advice to self-monitor, advice to self-isolate and advice to isolate. It is important to note these measures are in place to protect the health and safety of Canadians.

Self-monitor

You need to self-monitor if you:

  • have no symptoms and
  • may have been exposed to COVID-19 in the last 14 days or
  • are in close contact with older adults or people who are medically vulnerable or
  • have been asked to do so by your Public Health Authority

Self-monitoring means to:

  • monitor yourself for 14 days for symptoms of respiratory illness, such as cough, fever and difficulty breathing
  • avoid crowded places and increase your personal space from others whenever possible

If you develop symptoms, isolate yourself from others immediately and contact your public health authority as soon as possible.

Self-isolate

Self-isolate if you:

  • have no symptoms and
  • may have been exposed to COVID-19 as a result of:
    • travelling outside of Canada within the last 14 days or
    • coming in close contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19
  • have been asked to do so by your Public Health Authority

Self-isolation means to:

  • stay at home
  • monitor yourself for symptoms, even if mild, for 14 days
  • avoid contact with others

If you develop symptoms, even if mild, stay home, avoid other people and contact your Public Health Authority as soon as possible.

Isolate

You need to be isolated if you:

  • have symptoms, even if mild, associated with COVID-19 or
  • have been diagnosed with COVID-19 or
  • are waiting for laboratory test results or
  • have been advised to do so by your Public Health Authority

Isolating yourself means to:

  • stay home until the local public health authority says you are no longer at risk of spreading the virus
  • avoid contact with others

If your symptoms get worse, immediately contact your healthcare provider or Public Health Authority and follow their instructions.

Social distancing

Together, we can slow the spread of COVID-19 by making a conscious effort to keep a physical distance between each other. Social distancing is proven to be one of the most effective ways to reduce the spread of illness during an outbreak.

This means making changes in your everyday routines to minimize close contact with others, including:

  • avoiding crowded places and non-essential gatherings
  • avoiding common greetings, such as handshakes
  • limiting contact with people at higher risk like older adults and those in poor health
  • keeping a distance of at least 2 arms-length (approximately 2 metres) from others

Hygiene

Proper hygiene can help reduce the risk of infection or spreading infection to others:

  • wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after using the washroom and when preparing food
    • use alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available
  • when coughing or sneezing:
    • cough or sneeze into a tissue or the bend of your arm, not your hand
    • dispose of any tissues you have used as soon as possible in a lined waste basket and wash your hands afterwards
  • avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands
  • clean the following high-touch surfaces frequently with regular household cleaners or diluted bleach (1 part bleach to 9 parts water):
    • toys
    • toilets
    • phones
    • electronics
    • door handles
    • bedside tables
    • television remotes

Wearing masks

If you are a healthy individual, the use of a mask is not recommended for preventing the spread of COVID-19.

Wearing a mask when you are not ill may give a false sense of security. There is a potential risk of infection with improper mask use and disposal. They also need to be changed frequently.

However, your health care provider may recommend you wear a mask if you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 while you are seeking or waiting for care. In this instance, masks are an appropriate part of infection prevention and control measures. The mask acts as a barrier and helps stop the tiny droplets from spreading you when you cough or sneeze.

Age Friendly Thunder Bay

Age Friendly Thunder Bay works with and for older adults to enhance their quality of life through sound public policy and program decisions.

We provide leadership and education to enhance the experience of aging and encourage age friendly policies and practices in North Western Ontario’s workplaces, services organizations and neighborhoods.

We envision a community that respects, values, and empowers its older adults and provides them with opportunities to participate fully in their community.

Seniors’ concerns and issues are identified and solutions are sought through forums, research projects and partnership networks.

Age Friendly Thunder Bay works with a collaborative network of individuals, organizations, and businesses to educate public understanding of positive attitudes to aging and to counteract ageism and discrimination.

Demographics tell us that the population is aging. This raises the question “what is our desirable future” for the aging population? The emerging vision focuses on the wealth of knowledge and experience that individuals have gained during their lifetime. The aging population continues to learn and contribute to their families and communities. The challenge is to get the right mix of opportunity, support and services; to be innovative so that the aging population is active and contributing to our communities lifelong.


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George Saaranen (Age Friendly Vice-President), Lelia Lovis (winner of Age Friendly Senior Service Award), Rebecca Johnson, (Age Friendly President)

Winner of the 2nd Annual Thunder Bay Age Friendly Senior Service Award – Lelia Lovis

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Steering Committee Meeting Dates and Locations


Steering Committee meetings are held quarterly at various locations throughout the City of Thunder Bay. Please feel free to join us at our Age-Friendly Thunder Bay Steering Committee meetings. Lunch is served at 11:30 am, with meetings beginning at 12:00 pm.


Tuesday, February 11 – NorWest Community Health Centres

Tuesday, May 12 – Thunder Bay Catholic District School Board

Wednesday, October 15 – Thunder Bay District Health Unit

Tuesday, December 8 – Pioneer Ridge

Creating Age Friendly Businesses in Thunder Bay

The development process for the Age Friendly Thunder Bay Business Guide materials took place over a year and a half. Representatives sitting on the Age-Friendly Thunder Bay Committee volunteered for a task group that guided the work. Literature was reviewed and best practices identified. The design and content of the three final products were developed and refined during several meetings of the task group over the late summer and fall of 2012. Early drafts were reviewed by key informants from the community and local businesses and focus groups were conducted with seniors and owners of local businesses. The graphic design and printing of the materials were completed by Thunder Bay businesses.

“Silver can turn to gold if we make a conscious choice both to see – and seize – the huge prospects for innovation. Aging has finally come of age”

Torjman, 2009

Community Services

City Of Thunder Bay Older Adults

Thunder Bay is committed to a high quality of life for people of all ages. We are removing barriers to accessibility, building recreational trails and walking paths, making the city Clean, Green & Beautiful, recognizing citizens of exceptional achievement, enhancing Transit ridership and generally working with residents to make Thunder Bay a great place to live, work and play for people of all ages.

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Thunder Bay 55 Plus Centre

Our Mission is to provide quality recreational, educational and social opportunities in a welcoming environment for those 55 plus. Drop in today and and see why we put the PLUS in 55.

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Thunder Bay Meals on Wheels

A non-profit Community Support Program providing “Home-delivered fare beyond compare” (since 1968). The Meals on Wheels Home Support Program provides individualized, full-course meals prepared by Homes dietary staff for people in need of assistance in our community. This service helps individuals maintain independence.

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Thunder Bay Older Adult Recreation

The City of Thunder Bay's Recreation & Culture Division provide recreational and educational opportunities, as well as valuable services to persons aged 55 and better in the City.

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Thunder Bay Senior Services & Long Term Care

Pioneer Ridge is operated by the Municipality of the City of Thunder Bay in partnership with the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care.

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Thunder Bay Support Services Programs

The Older Adult Unit's Support Services Program provides Friendly Visiting, Telephone Assurance and Walk-a-Bit services to frail homebound seniors who reside in their own homes/apartments. These services help seniors maintain an independent lifestyle by reducing isolation and loneliness through the support of friendship and socializing.

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