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HIGH FIVE® for Older Adults:

A New Quality Framework


For the first time in Canadian history, people over the age 65 outnumber those under the age of 15.  Quality recreation has a significant role to play in keeping older adults healthy and active.  In response to the demographic shift in Canada and feedback from recreation providers, Parks and Recreation Ontario applied for and received funding from the Ontario Trillium Foundation to develop a framework for older adult recreation, based on the success of the HIGH FIVE quality standard for children’s programs.

This 3-year project which began Jan. 2016 builds on the current HIGH FIVE national industry standard for children, using best practices and systems already in place to customize a standard for the rapidly advancing demographic; older adults.

Phase 1 of this project in 2016 focused on research and consultation.

Phase 2 (2017) will build on PRO’s expertise and will include the following:

  • Training (including a Train the Trainer) for anyone working directly with older adults to ensure they deliver a positive quality experience and includes knowledge and expertise on physical activity including physical literacy, mental health, healthy eating, active aging and injury prevention.
  • Training and scientifically validated program assessments to ensure measurable and track-able quality for older adults.
  • Training and templates to design, adapt, measure and track proper policies for a safe and healthy environment for older adult programming.

Pilots for the trainings listed above will be held in the Fall of 2017. If you are interested in taking part in the pilots please sign up for more information at the bottom of this page.

The first phase of this project, in 2016, focused on research and consultation.  Phase 2, in 2017, will see the development of the training, tools and resources as well as pilots to test them.

Visit the link and see a short video about this initiative

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