Ac­tive, so­cial liv­ing

Com­mu­nity Care Northumberland funds pro­grams for se­niors in east­ern part of county

Northumberland Today - - NEWS - VA­LERIE MAC­DON­ALD vmac­don­ald@post­media.com twit­ter.com/NT_v­mac­don­ald

NORTHUMBERLAND — Com­mu­nity Care Northumberland has re­ceived new money for pro­gram­ming to help se­niors in the east­ern part of Northumberland County to be more ac­tive and so­cial — and to help those in the west­ern part eat bet­ter.

The $25,000 in Fed­eral fund­ing an­nounced re­cently by lo­cal rid­ing MP Kim Rudd through the New Hori­zons for Se­niors pro­gram is to “de­liver a new se­ries of classes in the Trent Hills area,” Com­mu­nity Care Northumberland ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor Tr­ish Baird said.

“The classes and pro­grams pro­mote so­cial in­ter­ac­tion and healthy life­styles among com­mu­nity se­niors,” Baird said in an in­ter­view.

Rudd is quoted as stat­ing in a me­dia re­lease: “The Gov­ern­ment of Canada is ded­i­cated to en­sur­ing that Cana­dian se­niors can get in­volved in com­mu­nity ac­tiv­i­ties that meet their needs and in­ter­ests, tap their col­lec­tive re­sources and ex­pe­ri­ences, and pro­mote their par­tic­i­pa­tion.

“We sup­port New Hori­zons for Se­niors Pro­gram projects like this one so that se­niors across Canada can lead and par­tic­i­pate in lo­cal ac­tiv­i­ties ben­e­fi­cial to many.”

As well, Com­mu­nity Care Northumberland has taken on the Meals for Wheels Pro­gram in Port Hope from the Red Cross, ef­fec­tive at the first of this month.

Asked if there was fi­nan­cial sup­port for this, Baird said, “(the) Cen­tral East Lo­cal Health In­te­gra­tion Net­work does fund a por­tion of the pro­gram, with the bal­ance com­ing from client fees and fundrais­ing.”

The Red Cross “ap­proached us about this ‘vol­un­tary in­te­gra­tion,’” she added.

Meals On Wheels re­lies on vol­un­teers to trans­port the meals to se­niors who have joined the pro­gram and also to visit with those want­ing that in­ter­ac­tion.

“Vol­un­teers are al­ways needed,” Baird stressed.

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