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About Our Website

Welcome to the website for the Improving the Quality of Life of Canadian Seniors project.  The purpose of the Seniors Quality of Life website is to:

  • allow seniors across the country to participate in the project through surveys, correspondence, etc.
  • provide a source of information for all of the individuals and organizations involved in the project
  • make results of the project widely available
  • create a communication link between the regional projects


We have developed a text only version of the site for those people who are using adaptive technologies such as braille and audio translators.  This will also allow those people who have older computers to have access to the site. However, due to limited resources, only some of the basic information will be made available on this mirror site. Unfortunately, the final reports will only be available in Adobe Acrobat PDF format, as they are produced individually by the regions. Printed copies may be obtained from the regional coordinators at their discretion.

Downloading Plug-ins

These plug-ins are not required for you to view the basic content of the site. However, some documents are posted in the Adobe PDF format, for which you will need Adobe Reader. As many other sites use this format as well, it will be advantageous for you to acquire it.

If you wish to view our site with all the features, you will need to download the plug-ins from the world wide web. Plug-ins are essentially small programs that enable web browsers (eg., Netscape, Internet Explorer) to activate files created with different software. Two of the most common of these are Adobe Acrobrat Reader and Macromedia's Shockwave Player. The Adobe Acrobat Reader views text files that have already been formatted in a word processing or similar program. The Shockwave player allows you to view animations and hear sound files created with Macromedia software.

The process for downloading these files is accomplished in 3 steps:

Step 1: Go to Site

Click on the plug-in you wish to download and you will "go" to the indicated web site

Adobe Acrobat Reader

Macromedia Shockwave Player

Step 2: Download

Click on the download link at Macromedia's or Adobe's site. The files will be saved to your hard drive. A window will appear indicating where the files will be stored. Make a note of this.

Step 3: Install

Exit from your browser program. Locate the files just saved on your hard drive and double click on them. The program will be installed onto your computer. Return to your web browser and the Seniors' Quality of Life website.


We gratefully acknowledge a $10,000 donation from Scotiabank that enabled us to establish our website. Shawna Orzech, Senior Product Manager of Scotiabank's Seniors Programs was especially supportive.

Need for further Sponsorship

Although the initial phase of the project, funded by Health Canada, will end in April 2001, we will continue to explore means to advocate for improved quality of life for Canadian seniors. Our website is integral to the project and we are currently seeking sponsorship to carry on with the work we have begun.

For further information on how you can help, please contact:

Dennis Raphael
(416) 978-7567
Ivan Brown
(416) 978-1101