Keeping Seniors Healthy, Safe and Active in Kitchener Waterloo
More Community Support for Seniors Across the Province
KITCHENER — 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 $7,000 in THEMUSEUM to help seniors in Kitchener Waterloo 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 Belinda Karahalios, MPP for Cambridge, were at the THEMUSEUM today to announce funding that will give free admission to those aged 55 years and older with THEMUSEUM's new 55 & Better Thursdays program. This pilot program will give seniors the opportunity to socialize and have fun together in their community by taking part in local activities, workshops, and events at THEMUSEUM.
"Helping seniors here in Kitchener access programs and services where they live has tremendous health benefits,including helping to keep seniors out of the hospital," said Minister Cho. "This project will stimulate creativity, encourage social connections, and build inclusive and engaged communities by helping seniors get involved in local activities 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.
"Our older adults in this community look forward to the programs and services we provide here at THEMUSEUM," said David Marskell, Chief Executive Officer of THEMUSEUM. "This funding will go a long way in giving them the opportunity to take part in activities that they may not otherwise be able to access without this support. This funding will also help bring our community together and will give older adults and seniors a chance to socially connect with their peers and build meaningful friendships."
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.