Recognizing that the pandemic has had an unequal impact on older Nova Scotians, a Liberal Government will introduce a comprehensive, evidence-based approach to help Nova Scotians age well.
With significant focus on social determinants of health, the action plan continues the work of government in advancing three goals: valuing the economic and social contribution of older Nova Scotians; the promotion of healthy, active living; and support for aging in place, while helping older adults stay connected to community.
Within this framework the action plan introduces approaches and efforts to overcome two major challenges to older adult well-being that have been exacerbated during the COVID 19 pandemic – ageism and social isolation.
A re-elected Liberal Government will commit $8.7 million over the next four years to fund initiatives supporting Nova Scotia’s healthy aging strategy, with an ongoing commitment of $3.1 million to maintain senior focused programming. This investment will deliver services such as day-programming for older adults with disabilities, funding for Community Links and Aging Well Coalitions, promoting physical activity and recreation, digital literacy training, Seniors Safety Program Grants, community transportation initiatives, home service supports and supporting the development of age-friendly communities.