October 30, 2019
Ontario Investing in Seniors Health and Well-Being
Helping Seniors Stay Active and Socially Connected Across the Province
TORONTO - 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.
That is why Ontario is investing $14.1 million to support more than 300 Seniors Active Living Centre programs in communities across the province.
"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."
Seniors Active Living Centre programs support over 100,000 seniors across the province, and this funding will provide a variety of programming and activities to help seniors stay active, socially engaged, safe, and healthy. This is especially important given that about 30 per cent of Canadian seniors are at risk of becoming socially-isolated.
Ontario remains committed to protecting what matters most to seniors and their families.
- 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.