Keeping Seniors Healthy, Safe and Active in Flamborough

Published on September 23, 2019

Hamilton — 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 $3 million in more than 260 projects that will benefit seniors in Flamborough and other communities across the province through the Seniors Community Grant Program. Flamborough Information and Community Services will receive over $10,000 for the Wheel of Fitness Volunteer Training and Support project to help increase the capacity of free fitness classes for seniors in rural areas and provide the equipment and support necessary to help keep rural seniors fit, independent and socially active.

“The support seniors and their families are receiving through the Seniors Community Grant Program in Flamborough is good news,” said Donna Skelly, MPP for Flamborough-Glanbrook. “This funding will go a long way in improving the well-being of seniors not just here, but in all communities in Ontario.”

This year’s 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.

“I would like to congratulate all of the recipients of this year’s program. I am inspired by everyone’s commitment to help keep seniors active and socially engaged in communities across the province. This year’s funding will go a long way in helping seniors to access programs and services where they live," said Raymond Cho, Minister for Seniors and Accessibility. “Investing in seniors health and well-being also helps to keep seniors out of the hospital, reducing strain on the health care system.”

QUICK FACTS
• The application period for the Seniors Community Grant Program opened on May 17, and closed on July 5, 2019.
• Non-profit organizations received funding between $1,000 and $25,000
to co-ordinate 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.

LEARN MORE
• Seniors Community Grant Program
• Seniors Active Living Centres
• Age Friendly Communities
• Ending Hallway Health Care