Sup­port­ing com­mu­ni­ties to help se­niors

Prairie Post (East Edition) - - Swift Current - CON­TRIB­UTED

The Gov­ern­ment of Al­berta’s new Ag­ing Well in Com­mu­nity grant pro­gram will help lo­cal or­ga­ni­za­tions im­prove the lives of se­niors by fund­ing com­mu­ni­ty­based ini­tia­tives that re­move bar­ri­ers and help se­niors stay in their homes and en­gaged in their com­mu­ni­ties.

Suc­cess­ful ap­pli­cants will be awarded grants to ad­dress is­sues af­fect­ing se­niors such as ageism, so­cial in­clu­sion, el­der abuse pre­ven­tion and age-friendly com­mu­ni­ties.

The province is in­vest­ing about $1 mil­lion an­nu­ally through an open call for pro­pos­als for the pro­gram. The re­cip­i­ents can ac­cess fund­ing for up to three years with a max­i­mum amount of $100,000 per pro­ject. Each year, fund­ing pri­or­i­ties will be up­dated to meet the chang­ing needs of a di­verse and grow­ing se­niors pop­u­la­tion.

“Se­niors should be able to live safely and in­de­pen­dently in their com­mu­ni­ties, close to loved ones. I am proud of this grant pro­gram that will es­tab­lish new ways to shape bright, ac­tive fu­tures for se­niors in Al­berta,” ex­plains Lori Sig­urd­son, Min­is­ter of Se­niors and Hous­ing in a state­ment.

“We know that the ma­jor­ity of se­niors want to live in their own homes as long as pos­si­ble. We feel that this grant pro­gram will help se­niors to ac­cess pro­grams and ser­vices that will pro­mote their phys­i­cal, emo­tional and so­cial well-be­ing,” adds Sofia Yaqub, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor, Shaama Cen­tre.

Ap­pli­ca­tions are open un­til Nov. 16, 2018.

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