Ontario continues investment in County Seniors Centre with $52,725 in 2019-2020 funding

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

MONDAY, NOV. 18, 2019

Prince Edward County – Ontario is committed to helping the County Seniors Centre keep local seniors active, healthy, independent and socially connected within their own communities.

Todd Smith, MPP for Bay of Quinte, recently announced the Province has committed $52,725 in Seniors Active Living Centre funding to the Prince Edward County Community Care for Seniors Association to administer a wide range of programming in community halls throughout Prince Edward County.

“This funding will go a long way in helping seniors in the County stay active and socially connected, while also preventing social isolation, said Smith “Seniors Active Living Centres provide a hub for seniors and their families to build positive connections, encourage physical activity, and in doing so, benefits everyone’s well-being.”

The County Seniors Centre, launched in 2018, now has more than 200 members who participate in a range of programming ranging from fitness activities to educational lectures to cards and games.

“We’ve been able to offer social recreational programming to seniors in a very different way due to having this funding,” said Debbie MacDonald Moynes, Community Care’s executive director.  “We work closely with the municipality to use their halls. We try to have an activity or an event in each of the municipal halls each month. That has been a way that we can take programming directly to seniors. It has been well accepted thus far.”

Seniors who have paid a $25 annual membership fee receive a schedule each month of the opportunities available to them through the County Seniors Centre. More information about the program is available at www.communitycareforseniors.org.

The County Seniors Centre also hosts an annual one-day Seniors Active Living Fair designed to connect seniors to resources and services in their communities.

The investment is among $14.1 million designated to support more than 300 Seniors Active Living Centre programs in communities across the province. Minister for Seniors and Accessibility Raymond Cho said the programs support healthy aging and a maintained high quality of living.

“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.”

Seniors Active Living Centre programs support over 100,000 seniors across the province, and this funding will provide a variety of programming and activities to help seniors stay active, socially engaged, safe, and healthy. This is especially important given that about 30 per cent of Canadian seniors are at risk of becoming socially isolated.

Ontario remains committed to protecting what matters most to seniors and their families.

Smith noted that the City of Belleville also received $52,725 in Seniors Active Living Centre Program Funding for 2019-2020 to support its 55-Plus activities.

QUICK FACTS

  • 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.

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