COU releases series of reports to advance care and support for older Ontarians

Today, the Council of Ontario Universities (COU) is releasing a series of reports that explore how to enhance the knowledge and skills of health and social care providers to better meet the needs of older Ontarians.

Stemming from the Better Aging: Ontario Education Summit held in February 2014, the reports identify potential priorities and actions for implementing the educational recommendations in Dr. Samir Sinha’s Living Longer, Living Well – the report informing the Ontario government’s strategic initiatives on seniors.

“Ontario universities play a key role in educating health providers for the needs of today and tomorrow,” says Bonnie M. Patterson, COU President and CEO. “The release of these reports continues to move forward the discussion opened at the Better Aging: Ontario Education Summit on how we can advance the care and support for older Ontarians.”

You can view the reports from the Better Aging Summit here:

Quick facts:

  • Ontario is home to two million people over age 65.
  • The number of seniors in Ontario will double to 4.2 million by 2030.
  • Universities are increasing elective courses, practicum placements and seniors’ care content in existing health science programs to ensure better quality care for older adults


COU is a membership organization of 21 publicly assisted universities in Ontario. It works closely with the provincial and federal governments to shape public policies that help universities deliver high-quality programs for students and advance the research and innovation that improves the social, cultural and economic well-being of Ontarians.

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