BROCKVILLE/PRESCOTT — Leeds-Grenville-Thousand Islands and Rideau Lakes MPP Steve Clark was joined by members of Seniors Active Living Centres in Brockville and Prescott today to announce more than $75,000 in funding to support their ongoing operations and activities.
MPP Clark announced Walker House in the Town of Prescott will receive $52,727 and Brockville Senior Citizens Inc. No. 85 will receive $23,251 in Seniors Active Living Centre Program funding for 2019/20.
“I can’t say enough about the tremendous work these organizations are doing to support seniors in Brockville and Prescott. This funding will help ensure seniors in these communities can remain socially connected, reducing the isolation that can put them at risk,” said Clark. “Seniors Active Living Centres provide a hub for seniors and their families – a place where they can build positive connections to assist them in leading happy, healthy and active lives.”
Clark said seniors can face financial and other obstacles in accessing programs and services that will help support their overall health and well-being.
“That is why Ontario is investing $14.1 million to support more than 300 Seniors Active Living Centre programs in communities across the province, helping to ensure the well-being of seniors in communities like Brockville and Prescott,” said Clark.
“It is a well-documented, but sometimes overlooked facet of successful aging to be a lifelong learner. Our members are curious and excited to learn, but often face financial and transportation difficulties that make programs inaccessible,” said Susan Vallom, program director at Walker House. “Walker House plays a vital role in their quality of life by organizing low cost bus trips to regional museums and shows and we are blessed to have many volunteers within our membership who share their talents with us.”
“Our club provides card games such as euchre, cribbage, duplicate and contract bridge, as well as snooker. We also have a large-print library with 500 books which is very popular with members,” said Brockville Senior Citizens Inc. president Robert Stanford. “Many of our seniors attend several times a week.”
“Supporting our seniors today is about investing in all of our futures. This funding will have a direct and positive impact on seniors in communities across the province by giving them an opportunity to take part in programs and services that will help keep them active, socially connected and healthy,” said Raymond Cho, Minister for Seniors and Accessibility. “These programs and services support healthy aging and help seniors to live the quality lives they deserve.”
Seniors Active Living Centre programs support over 100,000 seniors across the province and this funding will provide a variety of programming and activities, which is especially important at a time when about 30 per cent of Canadian seniors are at risk of becoming socially isolated.
Seniors Active Living Centre programs are community-based and promote wellness and social interaction.
The senior population in Ontario is the fastest growing age group. By 2023, there will be 3 million Ontarians over the age of 65.
Active aging brings positive health benefits, including helping to keep seniors out of the hospital.