Let's Talk Active Aging

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Why is Recreation so Important?

Active people lead healthier lives and have stronger connections to their communities.

Recreation engages people and builds social togetherness, generating healthy, inclusive communities. People feel an emotional connection to the places that bring them enjoyment, making our recreation facilities truly a heart within our communities.

Let's Talk Active Aging!

The Town of Amherstburg would like to hear from you!

With the goal of providing a wider variety of recreational sports and activities to Amherstburg residents 55+, we ask that you explore the tools provided below by taking our Senior Adult Activity Survey, Asking a Question or Telling Us a Story about your recreation experiences.

Your answers will help to develop our programming!

Why is Recreation so Important?

Active people lead healthier lives and have stronger connections to their communities.

Recreation engages people and builds social togetherness, generating healthy, inclusive communities. People feel an emotional connection to the places that bring them enjoyment, making our recreation facilities truly a heart within our communities.

Let's Talk Active Aging!

The Town of Amherstburg would like to hear from you!

With the goal of providing a wider variety of recreational sports and activities to Amherstburg residents 55+, we ask that you explore the tools provided below by taking our Senior Adult Activity Survey, Asking a Question or Telling Us a Story about your recreation experiences.

Your answers will help to develop our programming!

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Amherstburg is a very lovely town, but only I wouldn't say this region is a "great" place to retire; Windsor region is the most under-serviced area in Ontario by the ON gov't for many health care services. Something to strongly consider if you are getting on in years and already have health issues. Should you encounter health problems, don't expect immediate attention; more so, very long wait times for appointments with health care specialists in Windsor (such as neurosurgeons, dermatologists, pain clinics, etc.). Not available in Amherstburg. People have even been directed to specialists in Chatham or London and sometimes at last minute notice (under 2 weeks) after already waiting for months, and it doesn't necessarily mean you'll get immediate appointment with rescheduled specialist .... after already waiting several months for the first specialist! Wait times to get an appointment with a specialist are extremely long, typically 3 to 7 months and with psychiatrists, a year or longer! Also, I find doctors, nurses, healthcare support to be apathetic/indifferent. Good luck getting respite or even 4 hours every 2 weeks; that's been grandfathered out. I am learning about a lot of problems with Windsor and region and I wished I had researched the public and health care services and infrastructure (does that even exist?) further before moving out this way. Sure, people from other parts of ON, GTA, will get big bang out of their buck in purchasing real estate in Windsor and region, open spaces, peace and quiet and a wonderful summertime playground ... but that's about it.

DF 6 months ago

4 1/2 years

Kent Williams over 1 year ago

DRFW - Dee - Fiesty young senior Hi Dee - I just noticed your reply & your thoughts re the Active Aging column. I have been very active in trying to initiate a facility & more important active senior programs in Amherstburg. Unfortunately there is very little communication let alone little action. I met with the director of recreation & the recreation committee over a year and a half explaining the lack of programs & activities & suggesting the formation of a senior advisory committee. Since that meeting there has been no communication. I have lost confidence in the rec.dept. & have now submitted my concerns to the mayor & CAO. The present situation involves the possible purchase of St Bernard school as a possible senior/community centre. Still nothing re a sr. advisory committee. I don't understand how the active senior community is being ignored but it is what it is. I can only suggest those that want senior programs & activities contact the mayor & CAO. At least they will listen & are aware that our fastest growing population segment are seniors... & of course we have an election coming up let alone the monies necessary to purchase the school - hopefully there will be grants available or we'll have another money spending controversy to contend with...all with the possibility of nothing happening...Kent Williaams

Kent Williams over 1 year ago

Mrov - I have been lobbying for the past 6 months for the town to initiate a senior adult advisory committee. I have been lobbying with our rec.dept. to meet with the life after 50 Windsor group to determine what their successful programs are that they offer. Unfortunately with no help or results.I don't understand the lack of a facility or lack of programs particularly when our CAO states that 20% of our population are seniors & in 5 years expected to be 25%. The town does not understand the economic benefits & why the surrounding communities are actively pursuing senior residents.I think u can access my reply to the questionnaire under 'your story'

Kent Williams about 2 years ago

I lived in Malden Centre for 15 years ,moved to Amherstburg in 1980 ,own and operated a TV repair shop here.I have been in the Burg ever since. I have been involved with the Royal Canadian Legion since 1979, I have also been involved with the boy scouts,Ventures and Rovers in the back years. I have seen the town become a seniors area but the town refuses to accept that fact as they harp on the children activities. Give us something to do

Mrov about 2 years ago

Moved to Amherstburg from NW Ontario 2 years ago and absolutely love it. The parks, festivals, proximity to vineyards and microbreweries, history and the friendliest people have convinced to stay!

packfanq about 2 years ago

Retired from the hustle and bustle of Toronto 4 years ago and have not regretted it. My wife and I both love Amherstburg. There is no doubt that it is slowly becoming a retirement community and as such the facilities and services have to be adapted to accommodate it.

wee-haggis about 2 years ago

Moved here 2009, love the town.

aburgalert about 2 years ago