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Better supports for seniors in the North with age-friendly grants

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Better supports for seniors in the North with age-friendly grants

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Ministry of Health
Communications
250 952-1887 (media line)

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2019 age-friendly community planning and project grant recipients

Fraser Lake

Project: The Fraser Lake age-friendly assessment will focus on outdoor places and buildings to enable older adults to enjoy age-friendly activities during all four seasons. With input from the older adult community, an action plan will synchronize the village's age-friendly targets and requirements for age-friendly community designation.

Amount: $24,445

McBride

Project: Working with seniors in the community and partners that include Northern Health and the McBride Chamber of Commerce, McBride will assess its current age-friendly status and create a plan that will work toward creating an age-friendly environment that will improve the quality of life for current and future seniors.

Amount: $22,600

Tumbler Ridge

Project: Tumbler Ridge plans to review the age-friendly community work done to date, identify gaps in its planning and develop a framework for further action. One of the objectives is to develop a list of priorities to create an inclusive community for all ages and individuals with mobility challenges.

Amount: $25,000

Kitimat

Project: The pilot program, Reaching Seniors Without Walls, will be an extension of the home-visit program that is conducted through the Better at Home program. It will provide support to clients who are resistant to home visits in the form of ongoing telephone chats with a buddy. The buddy will be a volunteer matched with the senior who has similar interests. The program will connect with clients on a regular basis and serve as an additional support system for clients that are at risk of isolating themselves, with the hope of evolving into the addition of home visits. Kitimat is an age-friendly recognized community.

Amount: $15,000

Prince George

Project: The housing symposium will provide an opportunity for seniors to learn about housing options, resources and initiatives, and to provide feedback about unmet needs along the housing continuum. It will focus on working in partnership with the Prince George Council of Seniors and other community partners to plan and host a one-day housing information and dialogue session in spring 2019.

Amount: $15,000

Quesnel

Project: This project continues Quesnel’s age-friendly work by creating a local seniors’ council, which will be the hub of seniors’ information and assistance, and work toward optimal service provision of transportation, recreation and social services.

Amount: $15,000

Valemount

Project: The Festival of Engaging Aging Residents will include health professional speakers on subjects including foot care, nutrition, arthritis management, wills and retirement, as well as provide eye examinations for participants. A senior contact tree will be started to encourage communication between seniors.

Amount: $5,675

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