Ontario keeping seniors safe and socially connected in Belleville, Prince Edward County

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

MONDAY, MARCH 15, 2021

BAY OF QUINTE – In 2020-2021, Ontario is providing $92,162 to support Seniors Active Living Centre programs in two local municipalities, Todd Smith, MPP for Bay of Quinte announced today.

The Prince Edward County Community Care for Seniors Association will receive $49,462.24, while the City of Belleville’s 50-Plus Centre seniors program will receive $42,700.  The funding will focus on virtual programs such as teleconferences, virtual educational or fitness programs, and one-on-one telephone calls to help socially isolated seniors and people with disabilities. This year’s funding program has also supported the application of safety control measures against the spread of COVID-19.

“Ongoing safety precautions related to COVID-19 have created obstacles for seniors to get out in the community to socialize and that impacts the quality of life they expect and deserve,” said Smith. “Our government’s continued investment in Seniors Active Living Centres will ensure they have the flexibility to design programming that promotes activity and social connection.”

Added Raymond Cho, Ontario’s Minister for Seniors and Accessibility: “Our government’s investment in Seniors Active Living Centres will help older adults stay virtually engaged with their friends, family, and communities while combatting social isolation during the pandemic.”

Debbie MacDonald Moynes, the executive director for the Prince Edward County Community Care for Seniors Association says seniors in her community have responded well to the variety of online webinars and telephone events offered.

“During the long and dreary days of winter, there has been growing participation in what we are offering such that we now have online events at least twice a day Monday to Friday. There’s something to appeal to everyone,” said MacDonald Moynes. “We are very grateful to hear that we have received 2020-2021 funding for our active living programming.”

Belleville Mayor Mitch Panciuk also acknowledged the importance of this programming.

“The Seniors Active Living Centre’s annual operating grant that we receive allows us to run Belleville’s 50+ Centre. Understanding the importance of keeping this sector connected during these challenging times, we have continued to reach out to our residents in modified channels during COVID-19. The centre is home to over 600 members, offering a large variety of programs to older adults in our community and we are proud to provide this connection.”

The City also offers a range of in-person fitness programming at the Quinte Sports and Wellness Centre.

To learn more, those interested in the Prince Edward County programming can visit www.communitycareforseniors.org or call 613-476-7493.  Those interested in the Belleville programming can visit www.quintesportsandwellnesscentre.ca/en/facilities-and-rentals/belleville_s-50-centre.aspx or call 613-966-4632.

QUICK FACTS

  • Seniors Active Living Centre operators are community-based and promote wellness and social interaction through almost 300 programs across the province.
  • The seniors 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.
  • The Seniors’ Centre Without Walls Micro-Grants program funded by the province through the Older Adult Centres' Association of Ontario helps seniors stay connected to their communities through telephone-based social and educational programs.
  • The Seniors’ Centre Without Walls model is a free interactive telephone-based group program for socially isolated seniors and people with disabilities who find it difficult to leave their homes.