Keeping Seniors Healthy, Safe and Active in Parry Sound-Muskoka
More Community Support for Seniors Across the Province
PARRY SOUND-MUSKOKA — Ontario is committed to helping seniors stay healthy, safe and socially connected within their own communities. Many seniors face challenges accessing programs and services that support their safety, mental and physical health, and overall well-being.
That is why the government is investing $9,500 to the Muskoka Lawn Bowling Club to help seniors in Muskoka stay active and socially connected. This funding is part of the Seniors Community Grant program that is providing $3 million to support more than 260 projects to benefit seniors in communities across the province.
Raymond Cho, Minister for Seniors and Accessibility, and Norman Miller, MPP for Parry Sound-Muskoka, were at the Muskoka Lawn Bowling Club in Bracebridge today to announce the funding that will help teach seniors how to use lawn bowling to increase fitness levels, while having fun together in their community.
"Helping seniors here in Parry Sound-Muskoka access programs and services where they live has tremendous health benefits, including helping to keep seniors out of the hospital," said Minister Cho. "I am inspired by the seniors volunteers who will help other seniors in this community keep fit through lawn bowling - stimulating both the mind and body, which will benefit everyone's well-being."
This year's Seniors Community Grant program better supports the unique needs of seniors living in underserviced rural, remote, multicultural and Francophone communities, including:
- Initiatives that focus on elder abuse
- Programs and services that help prevent social isolation
- Increasing accessibility and seniors' safety
- Activities that help keep seniors physically and socially active
"This support is great news for seniors and their families in Parry Sound-Muskoka," said MPP Miller. "This funding will go a long way to help seniors in this community stay active and take part in a program that they may not otherwise have access to. It will also help seniors in this community stay socially connected and learn something new together."
Ontario remains committed to protecting what matters most to seniors and their families.
- The application period for the Seniors Community Grant Program opened on May 17, and closed on July 5, 2019.
- Non-profit organizations are receiving funding between $1,000 and $25,000 to coordinate and deliver local supports and programs in communities across the province.
- 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.