Ontario Keeping Seniors Safe and Socially Connected during COVID-19

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Seniors can now go on day trips. Photo by Noelle Otto from Pexels

[MISSISSAUGA CENTRE] — The Ontario government is investing over $157,000 to three Seniors Active Living Centres (SALC) in the riding of Mississauga Centre.

This is a part of a broader commitment to ten SALCs across the whole of Mississauga totaling over $535,000, which itself is from a total commitment of $14.3 million in 2020-21 to support nearly 300 SALCs throughout Ontario. These programs will deliver new virtual initiatives to help keep seniors safe and socially connected as they continue to self-isolate due to COVID-19.

Peel Senior Link, The City of Mississauga — Active Adult Centre of Mississauga, and The City of Mississauga — Mississauga Valley will receive $49,723.98, $54,009.88, and $53,757.95 respectively from this comprehensive commitment toward seniors in our community.

“The government of Ontario has continually shown a dedication to helping seniors when and where they need it most, and it’s something that I’ve sought to continue within my own capacity right here in Mississauga”, said MPP Natalia Kusendova. “Whether it was helping to deliver groceries and other essential supplies to isolating seniors at the height of the pandemic, or creating a newsletter specifically tailored to seniors which helped them to navigate both COVID-19 resources available to them and information about public health measures, the well-being of our community’s seniors is always top of mind. I, and our government, will remain committed to them as we continue to vaccinate Ontarians, and look toward the end of this pandemic.”

“Given the fact that many seniors have had to self-isolate during COVID-19, 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 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:

  • Seniors’ Centre Without Walls to create interactive telephone-based group programming for socially isolated seniors and people with disabilities
  • Virtual physical fitness programming
  • Online craft programs and delivery of pre-made craft kits to seniors
  • Meal programs ranging from curbside pick up to door-to-door deliveries
  • Online educational programs such as tax clinics, technology assistance, health and wellness, and COVID-19 information

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 programs have also provided safe in-person programming when the local public health unit said it was safe to do so.

The government is committed to the safety and well-being of Ontario’s older adults. Seniors Active Living Centre programs are a key initiative to help older adults stay healthy, active and socially connected within their own communities.

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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.

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MPP CONTACT

MPP Natalia Kusendova

10 Kingsbridge Garden Circle, Suite 708

Mississauga, Ontario, CA

L5R 3K7

(905)-890-1901

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