Official Launch of HIGH FIVE® Healthy Aging
On May 22, 2019, Parks and Recreation Ontario hosted the official launch of HIGH FIVE Healthy Aging—Canada’s first comprehensive training program dedicated to enhancing the quality of older adult recreation programs. The three-year project was funded through an Ontario Trillium Foundation Grant, a landmark investment that will help ensure Ontario’s seniors are active and engaged in their communities.
This comprehensive program offers training and resources that provide insights into the unique needs of older adults participating in recreation or leisure activities. “Quality recreation programs that provide opportunities for physical activity and social inclusion are more important than ever given Canada’s aging population. Healthy active aging is not just vital to reducing pressure on the country’s healthcare system, but is also an important component of ensuring the well-being of older adults broadly” said Cathy Denyer, CEO of Parks and Recreation Ontario. The training covers topics ranging from ageism and quality of life to physical literacy and increased social connectedness.
Andrea Horwath, Leader of the Official Opposition and MPP for Hamilton Centre was a guest at the event, speaking about her father's experience with retirement and active aging and the important role recreation can play in fostering social inclusion.