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Ontario Keeping Seniors Fit, Active, Healthy and Socially Connected in Simcoe North

Seniors Active Living Centres are a cornerstone to Ontario’s communities

NEWS RELEASE: April 13, 2022

SIMCOE NORTH – The Ontario government is continuing to invest in the health and well-being of our local seniors through the Seniors Active Living Centre’s in 2022-23, benefitting seniors in Simcoe North. These centres will help local seniors stay fit, active, healthy and socially connected with all of their programs.

“Seniors Active Living Centres help keep Seniors fit, active, healthy and connected to family, friends and our communities,” said Raymond Cho, Minister for Seniors and Accessibility. “Our government’s investment in Seniors Active Living Centres will help older adults come together and stay engaged. Seniors Active Living Centres are the glue that keeps our neighbourhoods together.”

This year’s funding shows the government’s on-going and growing commitment to Ontario’s seniors throughout the province with the SALC funding benefiting the following organizations in Simcoe North;

  • The Askennonia Senior Centre in Midland will receive total funding of $54,014.41
  • Bayshore Senior Citizens Assocation in Tiny Township will receive total funding of $34,579.53
  • Georgian Shores Swinging Seniors in Tiny Township will receive total funding of $42,700.00

“Seniors Active Living Centres provide our seniors the quality of life they deserve,” said Jill Dunlop, Member of Provincial Parliament for Simcoe North. “That is why the government is investing over $131,000 in Simcoe North’s Seniors Active Living Centre programs. Local Seniors Active Living Centre programming will provide support for older adults and their well-being by keeping them active and socially connected within their own communities.”

The government remains committed to the safety, independence and well-being of Ontario’s seniors and supporting Seniors Active Living Centre programs.

QUOTES

“Askennonia Senior Centre is very appreciative of the support we’ve received from the Province of Ontario since our inception, 35 years ago. This was especially true during the pandemic. Provincial support ensured that we could continue to provide online and outdoor programs to engage older adults even though our facility was shuttered. Once we opened, it allowed us to purchase scanners and a database program that made visiting the Centre safer for members. The Province’s ongoing support contributes to our sustainability, especially during these difficult times.” Mike MacRae, President Askennonia Senior Centre

“The recently announced funding of $42,700 to the Georgian Shores Swinging Seniors Club in Tiny through the Seniors Active Living Centre is crucial to providing essential programs for seniors in the area and is greatly appreciated. This funding helps build a healthy community of seniors and addresses their diverse needs to maintain and enhance an enriched life.” Tom Holloway, President of the Georgian Shores Swinging Seniors Club

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 living brings positive health benefits, including helping seniors live in their own home and in their communities.
  • 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.

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