Keeping Seniors Healthy, Safe and Active in Mississauga
More Community Support for Seniors Across the Province
MISSISSAUGA — 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 our government is investing $25,000 in Wawel Villa Incorporated, and $25,000 in MonstrARTity Creative Community, to help seniors in Mississauga stay active and socially connected. This funding of $50,000 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 Rudy Cuzzetto, MPP for Mississauga-Lakeshore, were at Wawel Villa Seniors Residences today to announce funding for two projects. The Clarkson Seniors Tours and Entertainment project is a series of organized social events related to arts and entertainment for all seniors, including seniors with disabilities and low-income seniors.
The MAY at Heart program is a project to help South Asian seniors living with dementia reduce feelings of isolation, and encourage physical activity through music, dance, poetry and visual arts.
"Helping seniors in Mississauga access programs and services where they live has tremendous health benefits, including helping to keep seniors out of the hospital," said PA Wai. "These unique projects will help to stimulate creativity, build social connections, and encourage physical activity through the arts, which will 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
- Activities that help keep seniors physically and socially active.
"The investments announced today for seniors and their families here in Mississauga is great news," said MPP Cuzzetto. "This funding will go a long way to help seniors in this community be active and socially connected through the arts. It will also help them take part in social gatherings and programs they may not otherwise be able to, helping to prevent social isolation."
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.