Aging with Dignity. Together.

We have spoken with older Canadians coast to coast to coast to find out what aging with dignity means to each of our elders. The themes that emerged from these conversations are stirring: a desire to age with grace and maintain good health as long as possible, the questioning of one’s value in society as one ages, loneliness and it’s harmful consequences, and the desire and importance of imparting wisdom to younger generations. Repeatedly though, we heard one word – respect.

We all deserve to be treated with respect regardless of age. Older people also deserve support to live the later stages of their lives in dignity. For many seniors though, especially those with low income, disabilities or other lived realities that make them vulnerable; they face a lack of respect and go without the supports, equipment or services to live a dignified life.

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Over the coming months, we will be updating this webpage with the stories we heard to share the important message that we all have a role to play in helping seniors and elders in our community to age with dignity. We want to acknowledge the important roles they have held in shaping our society. We are all aging; let’s learn from these experiences to make the world a better place to grow old in.

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“To me, aging with dignity means…”

Margaret

Margaret, Age 74

WIKWEMIKONG FIRST NATION,
ONTARIO, CANADA

"I want to be respected and
to know that I mean something
to our community.”

Helga

Helga, Age 80

EDMONTON, ALBERTA, CANADA

"To me, aging with dignity is…
the golden rule – treat others
as you want to be treated.”

Ken

Ken, Age 73

TORONTO, ONTARIO, CANADA

"Honouring with deep respect the wisdom of older people” and a hope “that in my life, I can do some mentoring to younger people.”

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Ceceila, Age 66

RANKIN INLET, NUNAVUT, CANADA

"Helping my family and community to be proud of who we are.”

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Charles, Age 78

WHITE ROCK, BRITISH COLUMBIA, CANADA

"Having contact with my family, financial means, and activities to keep me young, alert and physically fit to enjoy each day to the fullest.”

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Fr Ihor, Age 73

MONTREAL, QUEBEC, CANADA

"Encouraging people to offer respect and dignity to older people."

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Monique, Age 84

WHITEROCK, BRITISH COLUMBIA, CANADA

"Respecting your family and friends, as well as yourself. Treat others how you want to be treated.”

What does aging with dignity mean to you?