Keeping Seniors Healthy, Safe and Active in Markham—Unionville
More Community Support for Seniors Across the Province
MARKHAM —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 $25,000 to the Angus Glen Older Adults Club to help seniors in Markham 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.
Daisy Wai, Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister for Seniors and Accessibility, and Billy Pang, MPP for Markham-Unionville, were at the Angus Glen Older Adults Club today to announce funding for a Senior Entertainment Network project that will help engage seniors in local events by helping them learn hands-on broadcast journalism skills and create their own online content on seniors' related activities.
"Helping seniors here in Markham-Unionville access programs and services where they live has tremendous health benefits,including helping to keep seniors out of the hospital," said PA Wai. "This project will stimulate creativity and build inclusive and engaged communities by helping seniors get involved in local events that are important to them. Keeping seniors engaged and active will also benefit everyone's overall 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; and,
- Activities that help keep seniors physically and socially active.
"This support is great news for seniors and their families in Markham-Unionville," said MPP Pang. "This funding will go a long way to help seniors in this community stay engaged and take part in a meaningful 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.