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 the government is investing more than $77,000 to help seniors in Durham Region stay active and socially connected. Of the total funding, $25,000 is part of the Seniors Community Grant program, which is providing $3 million to support more than 260 projects to benefit seniors in communities across the province. More than $52,000 is being provided to the Whitby Seniors' Activity Centre, as part of a $14.1 million investment to support more than 300 Seniors Active Living Centre programs in Ontario.
The Minister for Seniors and Accessibility, and the MPP for Whitby, were at the Whitby Seniors' Activity Centre today to announce the funding.
Through the Seniors Community Grant Program, Ontario is providing support for a Durham-wide public education and awareness campaign led by community volunteers and older adults that will challenge the myths and stereotypes that portray older adults as frail, out-of-touch, technologically illiterate, and no longer employable.
Funding to The Whitby Seniors' Activity Centre will support a variety of programming from creative arts to computers, fitness, language and music to help enrich seniors' lives, and promote healthy and active aging.