Ontario Investing in Seniors Health and Well-Being in Mississauga-LakeshorePublished on November 22, 2019
Helping Seniors Stay Active and Socially Connected Across the Province
MISSISSAUGA – Ontario is committed to helping seniors keep active, healthy, safe, independent, and socially connected in their own communities. Yet, many seniors face financial and other obstacles in accessing programs and services that will help support their overall health and well-being.
Raymond Cho, Minister for Seniors and Accessibility, and Rudy Cuzzetto, MPP for Mississauga-Lakeshore, were at the Clarkson Community Centre, and Mississauga Seniors Centre today to announce that the government is investing more than $155,000 to help seniors stay active and socially connected in Mississauga-Lakeshore.
The Seniors Active Living Centre Program will provide over $52,000 each to the Clarkson Community Centre and the Mississauga Seniors Centre, as part of a $14.1 million investment to support more than 300 Seniors Active Living Centre programs across Ontario. The Seniors Community Grant Program will provide an additional $50,000 to initiatives in Mississauga-Lakeshore.
Seniors Active Living Centre programs support over 100,000 seniors across the province. At the Clarkson Community Centre and Mississauga Seniors Centre, this funding will provide a variety of programming, from life-long learning and creative arts programs, to active living activities, helping seniors to stay socially engaged, active, safe, and healthy. This is especially important given that about 30 per cent of Canadian seniors are at risk of becoming socially isolated.
“Supporting our seniors today is about investing in all of our futures. This funding will have a direct and positive impact on seniors in communities across the province by giving them an opportunity to take part in programs and services that will help keep them active, socially connected, and healthy,” said Raymond Cho, Minister for Seniors and Accessibility. “These programs and services support healthy aging, and help seniors to live the quality lives they deserve.”
“Keeping seniors active and engaged has many positive health benefits, and reduces the strain on our already burdened healthcare system. By investing in our seniors, we help alleviate the strain on other vital services. Everyone benefits,” said Cuzzetto.
Ontario remains committed to protecting what matters most to seniors and their families.
Speaking to seniors at the Clarkson Community Centre.
Minister Raymond Cho and Rudy Cuzzetto, MPP for Mississauga-Lakeshore, joined seniors for relaxing tai chi after the announcement at the Clarkson Community Centre.
- Seniors Active Living Centre programs are community-based and promote wellness and social interaction.
- 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.
- Seniors Active Living Centres
- Seniors Community Grant Program
- Age Friendly Communities
- Ending Hallway Health Care
Office of Rudy Cuzzetto, MPP