Staff Reporter / Thursday, March 30, 2017 / Categories: News NS to ’SHIFT’ Gears Toward Older Generation The provincial government is committing more than $13 million to a new program for Nova Scotia's older age group. It is called SHIFT: Nova Scotia's Action Plan for an Aging Population. The province will invest $13.6 million over the next three years. Part of that money enables Nova Scotia to access about $21.4 million from the federal government for affordable housing. Premier Stephen McNeil says, "We want to celebrate the contributions older Nova Scotians make every day." The Premier added, "This plan will ensure our communities benefit from their knowledge, skills and experiences." By 2030 more than one in four Nova Scotians will be aged 65 or over. The announcement was music to the ears of the chair of the Seniors Advisory Council. Bill Berryman says, "I am extremely pleased government is moving forward with this action plan. It enables and enhances older Nova Scotians participation in and contribution to society and the economy. Older adults play an important role in their communities and in this province." The action plan identifies a dozen priority commitments with more than 50 specific actions. It focuses on helping older Nova Scotians stay involved and connected to their communities, promoting healthy living and keeping older adults in the workforce. Initiatives include: • helping older Nova Scotians stay in their homes longer • improving access to affordable, healthy foods for vulnerable older adults • highlighting the benefits of hiring older workers and creating age-friendly workplaces • working with partner organizations to promote mentorship opportunities for older adults • supporting community transportation with a focus on rural communities • helping older adults share and develop food and nutrition skills and knowledge • promoting physical activity and regular exercise at all ages, including middle-aged and older adults, with a strong emphasis on walking • giving communities funding for age-friendly planning "I hope Nova Scotians of all ages embrace the messages and goals of this plan, and find their own way to make the province a better place for all of us," said Marjorie Willison, aging-well advocate and co-chair of the action plan's advisory committee. "The development of this action plan is a great example of how government and citizens can work together to make positive changes." Government connected with more than 600 Nova Scotians through the engagement process. That included community conversations and direct input from people and organizations. For more information and to access the full plan, visit www.novascotia.ca/shift . Print 1729 Rate this article: No rating Tags: SHIFTAction Plan for Aging Please login or register to post comments.