Ontario Keeping Seniors Safe and Socially Connected in Waterloo Region

Published on March 11, 2021

Supporting seniors provincewide with virtual programming during COVID-19

 

March 11, 2021

Waterloo Region – COVID-19 has created a number of challenges and Ontario is working to support the health and well-being of local seniors during COVID-19.

 

That is why the province is continuing to invest in Seniors Active Living Centre programs in 2020-21, benefitting seniors in Waterloo Region. Three Seniors Active Living Centre operators in Waterloo Region will receive more than $154,000 which includes a special grant to help local seniors stay safe and socially connected through virtual and remote programs. 

 

“These challenging times have created obstacles for seniors in Waterloo Region and prevented them from having the quality of life they deserve,” said Kitchener-Conestoga MPP Mike Harris and Kitchener South-Hespeler MPP Amy Fee “That is why our government is investing more than $154,000 across three Seniors Active Living Centre programs to provide support for older adults by creating programming that can help them stay active and socially connected.” 

 

Local allocations are as follows:

 

Saint Luke's Place

$46,701.53

Community Care Concepts of Woolwich, Wellesley and Wilmot

$54,014.41

Woolwich Elderly Persons Centre

$54,014.41

 

This year’s investment will focus on virtual programs such as teleconferences, online videos, one-on-one phone calls to help seniors stay connected from home, and support projects such as:

  • Interactive telephone-based group programming for socially isolated seniors and people with disabilities
  • Online educational programs such as tax clinics, technology assistance, health and wellness, and COVID-19 information

 “Given the social isolation that COVID-19 has brought to many seniors, it is important that we look to programs that will keep them safe and connected,” said Raymond Cho, Minister for Seniors and Accessibility. “Our government’s investment in Seniors Active Living Centres will help older adults stay virtually engaged with their friends, family and communities while combatting social isolation during the pandemic.”

 

This year’s ongoing funding has supported the application of safety control measures against the spread of COVID-19, and provided more remote and virtual programming.

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

 

Additional Quotes

 

“Seniors Active Living Centres provide an important component of Community Care Concepts’ broad continuum of community-based services that support seniors across our rural communities to live independently in their own homes. We are grateful for the funding provided through the Ministry for Seniors and Accessibility to support our mobile model of Seniors Active Living Centres which are an important source of connection and well-being for seniors living in rural communities across Wellesley Township. While this past year has forced us to transition from a variety of in-person group social and recreational activities, this funding has been critical in helping us to offer a variety of virtual and remote programs as well maintain critical well-being checks and connections to address social isolation, ensuring that that the health, safety and well-being of seniors in our community is addressed.”

 

Cathy Harrington

Executive Director

Community Care Concepts of Woolwich, Wellesley and Wilmot

 

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 aging brings positive health benefits, including helping to keep seniors out of the hospital.
  • 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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