Keeping Seniors Safe and Socially Connected

Published on March 14, 2021

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 Etobicoke – Lakeshore. Seniors Active Living Centre operators will use the funds to help local seniors stay safe and socially connected through virtual and remote programs. 

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.

“These challenging times have created obstacles for seniors in Etobicoke – Lakeshore from having the quality of life they deserve,” said Christine Hogarth, MPP for Etobicoke – Lakeshore. “That is why our government is investing $54,000 in Franklin Horner Community Centre and $69,000 in Islington Seniors’ Centre. Local Seniors Active Living Centre programming will provide support for older adults and their well-being by keeping them active and socially connected within their own communities.”

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

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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