Retiring Well: Considering the Costs of Good Health - Results
Gateway has recently wrapped up the first phase of The Retiring Well: Considering the Costs of Good Health program funded by Employment and Social Development Canada’s New Horizons for Seniors Program. Retiring Well is a community-based education program that aims to raise awareness about the health-related costs associated with aging. Additionally, this program offers participants valuable strategies for helping them better prepare for retirement. The Retiring Well program specifically targets seniors living in rural Southwestern Ontario, as these individuals are known to face unique health challenges, including higher incidences of chronic disease, reduced access to care, and lower incomes.
The Retiring Well program has been delivered 20 times, in 17 different communities, spanning 4 counties (Huron, Perth, Bruce, and Lambton). With audience sizes ranging from approximately 10 to 75, a total of 487 individuals have participated in the Retiring Well program, which far exceeded the expected participation rate. In addition, the feedback received on the Retiring Well program has been overwhelmingly positive. The participants acknowledged that the program was helpful, the information package was useful and that they would recommend the program to their friends. Most of the participants agreed that they learned something new from the Retiring Well program. Gateway is thrilled with the community participation, engagement and network of connections formed. Gateway would like to thank our community partners for their generosity in providing space for the events and their help with the organization. We would also like to thank the University of Waterloo, School of Pharmacy for leading this initiative. We are currently working on new funding opportunities to continue moving forward with the program.