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We all want to live life on our own terms. 

That doesn’t change, whether you’re in your 30’s, your 60’s or your 90’s.

What does change is your ability.  You may face health challenges.  And as you age or face health issues, daily life can become more difficult.  It’s harder to get to the grocery store.  It’s harder to visit friends.  Family may not live close by.

While you can’t avoid the challenges of growing older, you can change lives for the better.

By donating to Acclaim Health, you give people the care and support they need to live independently in their own homes for as long as possible.

 

The Need

Last year we helped 23,717 people in Halton, 25% more people than the previous year.  The vast majority of our clients are seniors: 42% of our clients are 80 years of age or older, and an additional 25% are 65-79 years of age.  23% of our clients live alone.

The number of older adults (aged 65+) in Halton is expected to double to 127,000 by 20311,  and we are already seeing the impact of our aging population on our programs and services.

Several programs routinely run waiting lists.  For example, our Friendly Visiting and Memory Visiting programs (statistics are combined) run average monthly waiting lists of 161 people, despite active volunteer recruitment that has reduced the year over year waiting list by 36%.

Rates of dementia are also on the rise: between 2015 and 2018, the rates of dementia in Halton are expected to rise by 14%2.  On average, 25 each month are waiting for a spot in one of our Adult Day Programs and some wait several months before they can participate – a wait that can seem like eternity to a family needing help.

 

The Solution

Supporting people in their homes makes sense.

It’s where people want to live.  People want the choices, freedom and independence that comes with living in their own home.  They want to live in a familiar neighbourhood, close to their friends and family.  Staying engaged in your community and connected to your social network is a key factor in physical and mental well-being.

Our programs prevent or delay the need for institutional care (such as a hospital or long term care facility).  This helps keep spouses and families together and frees up spaces for those who truly need them.

It’s fiscally responsible.  It’s much more cost effective to support someone in their home than in hospital or long term care.

 

When you donate, you help people like:

Paul and Milt’s Story
Together they embarked on a journey to fulfill one of Paul’s greatest wishes.

Bob and Marlene’s Story
“I don’t know how I would survive without the seniors day program.”

Noella and Frances’ Story
“I couldn’t do without her.”

Alison and Ernie’s Story
“The visits have literally breathed new life into my father.”

 

Contact Information

Melissa Cameron, Director, Philanthropy and Marketing
Tel: 905-827-8800 x2040

Jamie Paul, Philanthropy Coordinator
Tel: 905-827-8800 x2043

 

1Halton Region Older Adult Plan 2015-2018
2Dementia Projections for the Counties, Regional Municipalities and Census Divisions of Ontario, Robert W. Hopkins, Ph.D., June 2010.