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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Click here to read our July 31, 2020 Newsletter

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Age Friendly Thunder Bay COVID-19 Newsletter – April 17, 2020

Age Friendly Thunder Bay COVID-19 Newsletter – May 1, 2020

Age Friendly Thunder Bay COVID-19 Newsletter – May 15, 2020

Age Friendly Thunder Bay COVID-19 Newsletter – May 29, 2020

Age Friendly Thunder Bay COVID-19 Newsletter – June 26

The Thunder Bay 55 Plus Centre will reopen its doors to the public on September 14, Monday to Friday, from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.

Registered programs and classes are scheduled to begin the week of Sept. 21.

To help mitigate the risk of COVID-19, masks will be required to enter the building and must be worn in all public areas, but may be removed for fitness classes once in the space.

No entry will be permitted prior to 10 minutes before a participant’s activity starts, and screening will be done upon entry. Other precautions include capacity limits, no use of change rooms or shower facilities, additional time between classes for cleaning and disinfecting, floor markings, and new touchless water fill stations available for participants to fill their own water bottles. 

The Centre’s River St. Café will offer take-out service only, with no seating in the café.

The Library, Gift Shop, Billiard Room and Puzzle Exchange cupboard remain closed for the time being.

Registration for 55 Plus programs opened September 2. Call 625-8463 to register.

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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-Chair), Lelia Lovis (winner of Age Friendly Senior Service Award), Rebecca Johnson, (Age Friendly Chairperson)

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. Meetings beginning at 12:00 pm. ZOOM details will be listed on this website.

Wednesday, October 15 – ZOOM meeting – details to be announced shortly

Tuesday, December 8 – ZOOM meeting

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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